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Cards Help Feed The Hungry

Players, staff make their annual trip to Phoenix Rescue Mission for holiday dinner

The Cardinals served Thanksgiving dinner to many in need on Monday night at the Phoenix Rescue Mission

All eyes were on Chandler Catanzaro on Sunday night as he lined up for the game-winning field goal attempt against the Bengals. As the ball flew through the uprights, he celebrated with the other players.

One night later, the country wasn't tuned in, but the Cardinals kicker felt another level of satisfaction. Catanzaro, several teammates and many other members of the organization served thanksgiving dinner at the Phoenix Rescue Mission at the team's 14th annual 'Help Feed the Hungry' event.

Catanzaro delivered numerous plates of food to families waiting at tables, hoping to spread some holiday cheer.

"I know how important Thanksgiving and Christmas has been to me, with my family and friends," Catanzaro said. "To come here

and provide a smile now and then, to make somebody's day, it's really, really humbling. We're glad to be here helping out."

Catanzaro was joined by center Lyle Sendlein, guard Mike Iupati, long snapper Mike Leach and punter Drew Butler. It was an upbeat scene, as many patrons arrived decked out in Cardinals gear and received autographs and pictures in addition to the food.

Team president Michael Bidwill was alongside the others, handing out meals and making sure the dinner guests had everything they needed for an enjoyable meal. Bidwill said this is an important time of year to be thinking of others.

"I think it's important not just for the Cardinals, but for everybody to give back during the holiday season, to give back to the community," Bidwill said. "Each year we do this event, and it feels good every year. I always feel like I get more out of it than I give."

Catanzaro said the dinner helped keep football in perspective. Even if he had missed the kick on Sunday night, he's still in fortunate situation as an NFL player.

"There's a lot more adversity out there than a missed kick, an interception or a fumble," Catanzaro said. "There are a lot worse problems out there, especially these days. Any time we can come out and serve people and provide a smile – just anything to make people's day – it means a lot to us."

There's no doubting, though, the crowd has enjoyed the Cardinals' run of success. The team improved to 8-2 with its victory over the Bengals, and Catanzaro soaked in some of the adulation for his successful late-game boot.

"The whole room started cheering, so that was really cool," he said. "Luckily I made the kick (Sunday) night. I think there'd be a little different vibe in here if I missed."

Bidwill said conversations with the guests are one of his favorite parts of the 'Help Feed the Hungry' event each year.

"It's great to interact with folks, and giving back, it always makes your heart feel good," he said.

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