PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – One of Arizona's favorite Cardinals is getting in on another sport – basketball. Larry Fitzgerald, who recently delighted fans with his announcement that he would be on the field for the Cardinals in 2020, has bought "an undisclosed minority stake" in the Phoenix Suns, according to NFL.com.
The Phoenix Suns confirmed the news to Arizona's Family.
"It's an investment in something I have supported since I've been in Arizona," he told NFL.com by phone. "It gives me another connection in the community I love and always will live in. It's a long-term commitment I wanted to make for life after football."
Arizona's Family's own Mark McClune talked to Fitzgerald about Sarver last summer.
"The Robert Sarver you might think he is, he's completely different from that."Sat down with new minority #Suns owner Larry Fitzgerald last season and asked about his relationship with #Suns majority Owner Robert Sarver #AZFamily pic.twitter.com/Oxk3r87Vw1— Mark McClune (@MarkMcClune) January 22, 2020
Fitzgerald has had season tickets since 2005, a year after the Arizona Cardinals drafted him, according to NFL.com. He met Suns managing partner Robert Sarver that year, and the two have been friends since.
"I've learned a great deal from him," he told NFL.com. "We've gotten really close and our families have gotten really close, as well. I'm looking forward to working together in the future."
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“Larry has been a great ambassador for our organization for years," Sarver said in an announcement from the Phoenix Suns. "He is an Arizona icon and a businessman, passionate philanthropist, and leader,” said Sarver. “He brings a unique perspective from outside basketball but still grounded in sport, and we welcome him as a valued partner and investor.”
“I have a special place in my heart for the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, and I have a great deal of respect for Robert,” Fitzgerald said in the same announcement. “He has become a dear friend and a trusted confidante. He is a big part of why I am making this commitment.”
"Larry will serve as an advisor and resource to our business and basketball staff as well as Suns and Mercury players," Sarver told NFL.com about how Fitzgerald's role will evolve.
Fitzgerald, who is gearing up for his 17th season with the Cardinals, is the franchise career leader in games played (250), receptions (1,378), receiving yards (17,083), receiving touchdowns (120), total touchdowns (120) and 100-yard games (49).
In December, Fitzgerald was one of 10 wide receivers named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team. The only active player in the group, Fitzgerald joined nine Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees on the NFL 100 All-Time Team.
Off the field, Fitzgerald is extremely active in the community. He set up The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund in 2005, aimed at promoting educational success in K-12 classrooms, as well as supporting the prevention and ultimate cure for breast cancer. His annual Celebrity Softball Game and Fitz’s Supper Club events are philanthropic staples in the Valley.