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Arizona Cardinals WR Fitzgerald publishes SI column

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Larry Fitsgerald Sr. was a sports writer in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 40 years. He must have taught his son, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a few tricks.

The legendary wide out wrote an article that was published in Sports Illustrated last Friday. He discussed how sport can lead to greater understanding of oneself and others, even opponents.

The piece, “How sports can help America heal,” touches on the hostility in the US between people with differences of opinions and how the team mentality could bring people closer.

“I try not to get political because you’ll piss 50 percent of the population off if you go politics,” Fitzgerald said on Thursday. “But I think sports have an interesting way of bringing people together. It doesn’t matter your color, race, religion, everybody likes sports.

“As you can see in this locker room, there is an eclectic group of people from all over the country, all over the world. And you get along for one common goal and I think that is unique in sports.”

Fitzgerald also makes references to teams and chemistry.

He wrote on how teammates of all backgrounds have to find ways to coexist because they all have a common goal — winning.

Listening to one another and settling differences that could divide teams is vital in sports, so his philosophy is that the country could take those lessons and become more united.

“A roadmap for a nation that can be even better as it harnesses the power of its most valuable resources—all of us,” Fitzgerald wrote.

This was the second time that Fitzgerald was published in Sports Illustrated (his last article was in 2017). According to him, this won’t be his last.

“I have a couple more pieces coming as the year goes on,” Fitzgerald said. “They told me I could write and being around journalists my whole life, I picked up a few things.”

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