MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald spoke Thursday at Sen. John McCain’s memorial service.
The Arizona Cardinal’s wide receiver says he and McCain developed an “unlikely” friendship.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: More Dangerous Wind Chill Early Thursday, Light Snow Friday
Fitzgerald said that he met McCain when the Arizona Senator started visiting Cardinals practices. The wide receiver shared that after meeting McCain, he visited Vietnam where the Senator was held for five years as a prisoner of war.
The Minnesota native went on to say that McCain was respected by many, even those across the political spectrum.READ MORE: Pond Hockey, Snow Sculpting Events Bringing International Attention To MN Winter Fun
“He didn’t judge individuals based on the color of their skin, their gender, their political affiliations, or their bank accounts,” says Fitzgerald. “He evaluated them on the merits of their character and the contents of their hearts.”
Fitzgerald closed by adding that the impact McCain had on the world will never be forgotten.MORE NEWS: Senate Democrats Fail To Change Rules On Filibuster To Pass Voting Rights (CBS News)
“Yes, ours was an unlikely friendship, but it is one that I will always cherish,” says Fitzgerald.