Former Big East Star Giving Professional Advice

It wasn't that long ago that Larry Fitzgerald Jr. was a high school star in Richfield, Minnesota. Fitzgerald went on to win the Belitnikoff Award as then nation's best wide receiver and he was the #3 overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Fitzgerald was in San Antonio today as a spokesman for a sponsor (Myoplex) of the U.S. All-American game and he offered up some advice for the nation's elite prospects.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is played in San Antonio, Texas., at the Alamodome on Jan. 15, 2005, and broadcast nationally on NBC at 1 p.m., Eastern. Scout.com is a sponsor, the official selection partner and exclusive on-line partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as well as the associated U.S. Army Combine for underclassmen.

"You look out on that field and those are tomorrow's stars," Fitzgerald said.

"Most of those guys are going to play on Sunday. The best advice I can give them as they go into college next year is to accept the coaching that they are going to receive.

"You can't go the next level and think you know it all. Everyone in college is just as big, fast and strong as you are. Some guys will play early and some won't. You have to work hard every day."

What is Fitzgerald's connection with Myoplex? "Myoplex liked my work-out habits so they hired me as a spokesman." He said. "I'm a strong believer in EAS products.

"I'm here to hopefully be a positive influence on these guys. I'm sure they have the same ambitions that I had when I was coming out of high school."

Fitzgerald visited with both the East and West teams today and he's heading back to his home in Phoenix this evening.

"I want to get home so I can pull for my hometown Phoenix Suns now," Fitzgerald said laughing. "I'm also going to be watching this (All-American) game on Saturday. I have to see who my competition is going to be in four or five years."

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