When the Eagles and Chiefs arrive in Arizona next week for Super Bowl LVII, they will see a familiar NFL alum playing a prominent role in preparations for the Big Game.

Former Cardinals Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald last year was named Executive Chairman of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. In that role, Fitzgerald, who played 17 seasons with the Cardinals, has been leading the Committee’s outreach programs and serving as the face of Super Bowl LVII in the state.

“I’m thrilled to be involved with the Committee and its partners as we collectively look to make this Super Bowl the most successful to date,” Fitzgerald said on the day of his appointment. Although he last played for the Cardinals in 2020, Fitzgerald remains one of the most popular—if not ‘thee’ most popular—residents in Arizona.

“This is really home for me,” the transplanted Minnesota native recently told Phoenix Magazine. “I have been here 19 years and I love it. To see how our state has grown since then is pretty amazing. State Farm Stadium in Glendale hadn’t been built yet, the innovations Arizona State is doing, the Fortune 500 companies that are moving here and the infrastructure…the area has completely changed, and I know it’s going to get stronger as more people move here.”

In 2021, a statewide media poll ranked the 39-year-old Fitzgerald as number one among “all human beings” as the person the voters would love to see in elective office. Fitzgerald, wisely, is not taking the bait.

“If you get involved in politics,” Fitzgerald says, “50 percent of people will love you, 50 percent will hate you. I just don’t see that as something I want to be involved in. Besides, I don’t like asking people for money. The fundraising world is not for me.”

Fitzgerald is satisfied in his current role as investor, business owner, and founder of the non-profit Larry Fitzgerald Foundation which he started in 2005.

“I feel like my Foundation team, and I have been fortunate to touch quite a few lives over the years,” the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year says. “Cancer awareness, bridging technology gaps in schools, and health care are important to me and my community. I want to be even more involved in these initiatives going forward.”

We at NFL Alumni appreciate how Larry Fitzgerald’s work has helped reinforce the positive public perception of alumni in their post-football lives. We look forward to thanking him in person next week when we meet the Host Committee Chairman in his adopted state of Arizona.