Larry Fitzgerald helps family fighting cancer, by paying for meals

Larry Fitzgerald helps family fighting cancer, by paying for meals
Larry Fitzgerald picks up an entire days tab at a local deli to help terminally ill owner
The family-owned Casellas Italian Delicatessen has served Scottsdale, Arizona, since 1977. Just over 30 minutes away is the University of Phoenix Stadium, where longtime Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been giving locals reason to tune in on Sundays since 2004.

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.

Joe and his family are such a big part of the community and a true example of a family run restaurant that cares about their neighbors and community, Fitzgerald said in a news release. When I met Joe and his family, I saw something special, the same thing customers see when they meet the Casella family, people who truly care about their neighbors and know their customers on a personal level, and if they dont know you yet, they do when you come in and they dont forget. 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.

“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.

Donations will be collected for Joe Casella, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and his family. Fitz said in a news release he wants to support the Casella family and respects what they represent here in the Valley.

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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.

The Arizona Cardinals will need all hands on deck on offense if they’re going to have any chance at scoring against the Chicago Bears defense, and according to coach Steve Wilks, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald should play despite injuring his hamstring in Week 2.

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.

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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.

Fitzgerald injured himself in the second half of Week 2 against the Rams. He wanted to go back in, but Wilks wouldnt allow it. The Arizona offense has been putrid to start the year, and Wilks knows he needs Fitzgerald for the long haul. Playing at less than 100% versus a tough Chicago defense, Fitz should be considered a low end WR2 at best.


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