Long before he was tearing up the National Football League, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals was dominating at the high school level.
Fitzgerald attended the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota where he played for coach Ray Betton.
Betton is now the head coach at Shakopee High and sees great potential in junior-to-be Garrett Mitchell, who like Fitzgerald, plays wide receiver and linebacker in high school.
For a piece on The Player’s Tribune, Fitzgerald goes back to Minnesota to meet Mitchell, watch film and give him some pointers on how to improve as he enters the season.
During my childhood, a lot of older friends and mentors inspired me by providing words of encouragement. I think it’s important for me to do the same for the younger generation because I know those words played a big role in my journey to the NFL.
If I see a young man who has great potential and there’s something that I can say to motivate him, I believe I have the responsibility to speak up.