PHOENIX (AP) - Three of Arizona's most popular athletes will have prominent roles in the funeral for Sen. John McCain.
Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald will speak during Thursday's service in Phoenix, preceding former Vice President Joe Biden. Former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan and former Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez will serve as pallbearers.
Shane Doan will be a pallbearer at Senator John McCain's memorial service on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/itgRouKWfv— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) August 27, 2018
.@LarryFitzgerald joined CNN earlier today to discuss his relationship with Senator John McCain. @CBSThisMorning will run a feature on Fitz & McCain's bond Thursday morning.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 30, 2018
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McCain, who died at age 81 on Saturday after battling brain cancer, was an avid sports fan and supporter of Arizona's teams.
He attended countless professional and collegiate games in Arizona for more than two decades. He became friends with many of the athletes in the area, including Fitzgerald, Doan and Gonzalez.
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
Senator McCain was not only a great man and patriot but also a loyal D-backs fan. I’m proud to have called him a dear friend. On behalf of my entire family, our thoughts and prayers are with Cindy and the McCain family. pic.twitter.com/noSItd72o8— Luis Gonzalez (@Luisgonzo20) August 26, 2018
Fitzgerald penned a tribute to McCain last Christmas and visited the ailing senator at his Sedona ranch earlier this year.