Bell Bank adds former Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald as company ‘Champion’ – Reuters

PHOENIX — Fargo-based Bell Bank has hired former Arizona Cardinals catcher Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. as a spokesman for the company.

Formally a Bell Bank “Champion”, Fitzgerald will feature in “advertising and social media, host select customer meet-and-greet events and connect with Bell to pay him through community charities,” said a press release from Bell Bank. Monday April 25.

Michael Solberg, chairman and CEO of Bell Bank, pointed to Fitzgerald’s philanthropic efforts as a key motivator in bringing him into the fold. Most recently, Fitzgerald participated in a Bell Bank-sponsored golf event that raised more than $100,000 for three Phoenix nonprofits.

“We are thrilled that Larry has chosen to join our group of champions,” Solberg said via a press release. “He is someone who has used his talent and success as a vehicle to bless others. We have previously been able to partner with him in the Larry Fitzgerald Jr. Bell Bank Classic golf event, which benefits charities. local charities. We are excited to team up with Larry in other ways as we work together to make our community even better.

Fitzgerald was born in Minneapolis and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where his No. 1 uniform was retired. An 11-time Pro Bowler with the Arizona Cardinals, he was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-2010 team and is widely considered a future Hall of Fame inductee.

In addition to his football accolades, Fitzgerald also founded the eponymous Larry Fitzgerald Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, it seeks to promote reading literacy and access to technology in schools and to prevent and cure breast cancer.

“I am very proud to partner with Bell Bank because we share the same belief and passion for giving back to our communities,” Fitzgerald said via press release. “I believe that through our partnership, we will be able to support many local organizations that have a significant impact on people’s lives.”

Fitzgerald is just the newest addition to Bell Bank’s list of “champions”. Also part of the group:

  • Ben Leber, former NFL player
  • Memphis Grizzlies point guard Tyus Jones
  • Marney Gellner, sportscaster
  • Lindsay Whalen, University of Minnesota women’s basketball coach
  • Ben Johnson, University of Minnesota men’s basketball coach
  • Chris Hawkey, sports radio personality and country artist
  • Tom Hoge, PGA Tour golfer
  • Amy Olson, LPGA golfer
  • Gavin Kaysen, Chief
  • Josh Duhamel, actor

Shawanda H. Saldana