Three Arizona sports legends will participate in Sen. John McCain’s memorial service Thursday.
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one of six speakers who will pay tribute to McCain. Former Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez and former Coyotes forward Shane Doan will serve as pallbearers.
The three athletes were close friends of McCain.
Fitzgerald’s tribute will come before that of former vice president Joe Biden. The Cardinals will play their final preseason game later that night against the visiting Broncos.
McCain had a strong connection to Fitzgerald and the Cardinals. He attended Cardinals games and made an appearance at training camp before the 2017 season. Fitzgerald became friends with the senator, penning a tribute to him last Christmas and visiting him this year.
Rest in peace to an American hero, statesman, servant of the people, and dear friend. Godspeed Senator McCain. My prayers for Cindy and the beautiful McCain family. pic.twitter.com/Tj87Hb8MtY
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) August 26, 2018
Doan and Gonzalez, who are both retired from their sports, are two of 14 pallbearers. Both men released statements after the death of McCain, praising the senator’s patriotism and friendship.
McCain, an avid Arizona sports fan, died Saturday at age 81.
Thursday’s ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. ET at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix. About 1,000 seats were made available to the public.