Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald scores NFL humanitarian award

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Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald, right, pulls in a pass as Philadelphia Eagles' Jaiquawn Jarrett pursues in the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) By Mel Evans Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald, right, pulls in a pass as Philadelphia Eagles' Jaiquawn Jarrett pursues in the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) By Mel Evans

PHOENIX -- He was the top pick over dozens of other NFL greats. Now Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald can add humanitarian to the list of awards he’s won.

Pro Football Weekly announced the big win. Fitzgerald is the recipient of the 14th annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award, which goes to an NFL player who makes outstanding contributions not only to his community but to charitable organizations, as well.

Some of the reasons why Fitzgerald earned this prestigious award:

His ‘Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund’ goes towards positive activities for childrens programs in Arizona, Minneapolis and Chicago. It also makes significant contributions - in time, money and resources - to numerous organizations throughout the United States.

Also, his ‘Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund,’ established in honor of his mother, who passed away from breast cancer in 2003, offers support of causes that his mother held dear, like educating urban youth about HIV/AIDS and breast cancer issues.

Fitzgerald also travels regularly to Africa on humanitarian missions with his good friend Anquan Boldin and on behalf of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. His most recent trip to the continent was in late July right before training camp when he flew to Uganda to assist the President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea fit hearing aids for those in need.

To find out more about Fitzgerald’s award, click here to read the article in the Pro Football Weekly.