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Larry Fitzgerald Given PFWA Good Guy Award

Cardinals' wideout recognized for his professionalism with NFL writers


Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald speaking with the media in a postgame press conference.

Larry Fitzgerald will add to his lengthy list of on-field accomplishments this season. He supplemented his impressive off-field resume on Tuesday.

The Cardinals' star wide receiver was given the Pro Football Writers of America's Good Guy Award, which highlights a player for "his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs."

It is a league-wide honor, and Fitzgerald joins quarterback Kurt Warner (2008) as the Cardinals who have won the award since it was initially presented in 2005. They are the third set of teammates to win, following the Packers' Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers as well as the Seahawks' Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman.

This year's other finalists were Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater.

Fitzgerald, a 10-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer, has long been known for his contributions and professionalism outside the lines. He was named the co-winner of the Walter Payton “Man of the Year” award in February, a league-wide honor which acknowledges a player's work in the community and his playing excellence.

In May, Fitzgerald was the recipient of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce's Heritage Award, recognizing an individual whose accomplishments and commitment to Arizona are recognized both statewide as well as nationally and around the world. In 2014, Fitzgerald was given the Art Rooney NFL Sportsmanship Award, presented to a player who demonstrates respect for opponents and integrity in competition.

In 2012, Fitzgerald was selected by Pro Football Weekly as the 14th recipient of the Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an NFL player with especially outstanding contributions to the community and charitable organizations.

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