Larry Fitzgerald talks to the Cal football team

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Larry Fitzgerald had a room full of interested golden bears when he spoke at the team meeting Thursday night.

Wide Receiver among NFL’s all-time leaders in multiple categories

BERKELEY- Cal’s football program had a special guest on Thursday night when 11-time Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald addressed the Golden Bears during their fall camp roster night meeting. Fitzgerald played 17 seasons in the NFL, all with the Arizona Cardinals (2004-20) and ranks second among the league‘s all-time leaders in receptions (1,432) and receiving yards (17,492). ) behind only Jerry Rice, as well as sixth in touchdowns. receptions (121) and ninth in games started (261).

Fitzgerald met head coach of Cal’s Travers family Justin Wilcox last summer and told the team he was immediately mesmerized by Wilcox’s character and the love he showed for his California team, which motivated Fitzgerald to come to Berkeley to talk to the Bears. .

Fitzgerald spoke to the team for more than 30 minutes and among several topics discussed, the specificity of fraternity in a college football program, responsibility, the importance of making good decisions, working hard and being grateful. for what you have. He also pointed out that the Cal 2022 football team has the ability to write its own script this season.

“Having Larry Fitzgerald come and share some of his personal knowledge and experiences with us really meant the world to me, especially as a receiver,” mavin anderson said. “Afterwards, he took extra time to sit down with the receivers and was more than happy to offer advice of any kind. The experience was surreal, and I’m beyond grateful to have the opportunity to meet a great guy like him.”

“We appreciate Larry Fitzgerald coming to speak to our team,” Wilcox said. “Larry is incredibly humble and friendly, and he epitomizes hard work, sacrifice, selflessness and being a good teammate. His values ​​and his message align with what we teach our student-athletes.”

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