About the speaker
Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. is widely known for his accomplishments on the football field, where he played 17 seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver with the Arizona Cardinals. Fitzgerald received numerous awards throughout his career, most notably being named to the NFL... More
Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. is widely known for his accomplishments on the football field, where he played 17 seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver with the Arizona Cardinals. Fitzgerald received numerous awards throughout his career, most notably being named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team, the pinnacle of NFL excellence, and receiving the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the League’s highest honor acknowledging charitable work. Although many recognize Fitzgerald for his impeccable hands on the field, it’s what he’s achieved off the field that he is most proud of. Fitzgerald’s accomplishments as a philanthropist, business leader, and investor have made an indelible impact on the community.
During his time in the NFL, Fitzgerald used his platform as a professional athlete to promote countless causes in the United States and beyond. In 2005, he founded The Larry Fitzgerald Foundation to create opportunities for young people in underserved communities to learn and thrive in safe and healthy environments, and to provide resources that help women, men, and families impacted by breast cancer.
On the business side, Fitzgerald believes humility, consistency, and hard work are keys to long term success. He believes in the power of building the future through investments and entrepreneurship, and he is an investor in over 160 companies spanning various industries such as hospitality, sports, technology, real estate, fintech, and more. Fitzgerald serves on the boards of directors for Tempus Ex Machina, a data and technology company that is ushering unprecedented levels of insight into the sports and entertainment industries, Dick’s Sporting Goods, where he is advising the company on a multi-year strategic transformation, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Fitzgerald holds ownership in the Rajasthan Royals cricket team and the AZ Drive Major League Pickleball team, and he has worked extensively with PGA Reach to increase diversity in the game of golf. Furthering his commitment to community and business leadership, Fitzgerald was named a Henry Crown Fellow for the Aspen Institute in 2023. He also hosts the Let’s Go! podcast with Tom Brady and Jim Gray, and is an analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.
Fitzgerald has worn many hats, from professional athlete, to philanthropist, entrepreneur, investor, and world traveler. He regularly speaks to groups ranging from youth camps to business executives, about the impact of mindset, mentorship, perseverance, and community service. He strives to keep everything in perspective, remain focused on the objective, and is a life-long learner.Less