Now, more than four decades after he began serving up sandwiches in town, Casellas founder, 79-year-old Joe Casella, is facing terminal cancer. And Fitzgerald is putting his money where his heart is to help the Casella family in their time of need.
Video: Larry Fitzgerald picks up tab for all patrons at Scottsdale deli to support family
As reported by KTAR, the perennial Pro Bowler picked up the tab on all orders at the deli from 12-5 p.m. on Tuesday, when donations for Casella and his family will also be collected.
“I want to support Joe, his legacy and his family, and I hope those that come in Tuesday will do the same by donating to support this man, his family and what they have and continue to represent,” Fitzgerald said, per KTAR.
As KTAR noted, Fitzgerald and teammates D.J. Foster and Christian Kirk, who both attended nearby Saguaro High School, were also scheduled to visit the deli to “thank the patrons for their donations” to Casella, who “has been a longtime supporter” of the high schools athletics.
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Fitzgerald was born in Minneapolis and played college football in Pittsburgh, but hes been the face of the Cardinals for more than a decade. Drafted third overall by the Cardinals in 2004, hes been a staple of Arizonas sports scene ever since, racking up 11 Pro Bowl appearances and even more community partnerships over the course of a future Hall of Fame career.
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The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver is picking up the tab for everyone that eats at Casella's Italian Delicatessen near Granite Reef Road and McDonald Drive on Tuesday.
Larry Fitzgerald is buying every meal at a Scottsdale deli to support owner with terminal cancer
Joe Casella, who opened the deli in 1977, is battling terminal cancer. All donations will be used to help with his treatment and care.