Former Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald co-owns AZ Drive pickleball team

The coronavirus pandemic place former Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald on a route toward possession of one more athletics franchise.

Currently keeping a minority stake in the Phoenix Suns, Fitzgerald is also portion owner of a crew in a sport that has been performed recreationally for many years: pickleball.

Fitzgerald was on the lookout for a thing energetic for himself and his spouse and children in the course of the pandemic, with so numerous issues shut down and people today sheltering in position.

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. (at center right) jumps to hit the ball during a round of doubles at a Major League Pickleball tournament at Bell Bank Park on Jan. 26, 2023, in Mesa.

“Sitting down in the residence all working day not executing a great deal. And I experienced a buddy tell me ‘Hey, guy, received this genuinely interesting game, pickleball. And, you know, I started seeing it on YouTube to type of comprehend it a minor bit,” Fitzgerald told the Arizona Republic. “And I strike a pair (of balls) and I was totally hooked in just, you know, initial pair of moments I performed.”