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Fitzgerald hosts free autograph signing for homeless children

By Brian Ojima

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Hundreds of fans lined up at the Outrigger Reef Hotel, some waiting for as long as 3 hours to get Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver, Larry Fitzgerald's autograph.

Larry's special guests for the event were children from H-5 and the next step shelter in Kaka'ako.

"I know a lot them might not have the opportunity to come out to Pro Bowl practice and to the game, so I just want to make sure that they know we appreciate their hard work in school and the way they are, how good they are, and just want to give back a little bit", said Fitzgerald.

Giving back to the community is just part of who Larry Fitzgerald is, and when it comes to his love of Hawaii, he says he's going to miss coming to the Islands for the Pro Bowl.

"This is probably my tenth time coming over, as a child and a couple times as a player and this is an outstanding place, the people here, the fans are amazing and I think a lot of that is going to be lost when we move to the Mainland, but hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, in 201, we'll be back here", said Fitzgerald.

One of Larry's teammates on the Cardinals is Kahuku native, Aaron Francisco, a player that Fitzgerald says continues to get better every year.

"Aaron's just a consummate professional. He works so hard at his craft. We've become pretty close friends over the years, his lovely wife just had a baby a couple months ago, so I really see him growing as a person and a player" said Fitzgerald.

And just announced today, the Cardinals lose a key member of their coaching staff, after offensive coordinator, Todd Haley accepts the head coaching job at Kansas City.

"I'm happy that he's got an opportunity, he's a great man, he's got an outstanding family, he works hard and good things happen to people that deserve it and he's going to go out there and do a tremendous job for Kansas City" Fitzgerald said.

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