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Breaking Angles: Arizona Sports Legends To Take Part In Sen. McCain’s Funeral

Breaking Angles: Arizona Sports Legends To Take Part In Sen. McCain’s Funeral

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Senator John McCain, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, was asked how he would like to be remembered. McCain took a moment and said he’s like to be remembered as someone who ““served his country and not always right. Made a lot of mistakes. Made a lot of errors, but served his country. And I hope we could add honorably.”

This is not a political article, but I’d like to think we could certainly add honorable to that description. 

Senator McCain passed away last week after a year-long battle with brain cancer. News of McCain’s passing came just a day after the announcement that McCain was suspending treatment for his cancer. In the wake of his passing, several senators, politicians and other notable peoples of interest have since come out with words of respect and love for the former POW, and some have chosen a more petty way of expressing themselves. 

From those people, three have been chosen to participate in the Senator’s funeral this Thursday. Arizona Coyotes star Shane Doan and Arizona Diamondbacks hero Luis Gonzalez will be pallbearers, and Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl Wideout Larry Fitzgerald was asked to speak at the service.

Shane Doan and the late Senator McCain developed their friendship over many years. As the Coyotes franchise seemed to falter the pair grew closer together, cemented themselves and the team in Arizona. After the news broke of McCain’s passing Doan released the following statement:

“Senator McCain was a shining example of what a modern leader should be. He represented Arizona and the United States with class and dignity, and the courage and incredible strength that he demonstrated, in every test a man could face, impacted everyone who simply heard his story. His love for life was contagious and his passion for his family, state, country and Arizona sports teams left you optimistic and energized. I am so honored to have been able to call Senator McCain my friend, and am grateful to his family for allowing my family to be a part of their lives. Our hearts go out to Cindy and all the family during this difficult time.”

– Shane Doan

Doan will have his number 19 retired by the Coyotes this upcoming season after retiring at the end of the 2017 season. When Doan announced his retirement McCain tweeted, “I have been privileged to get to know Shane over the course of his career and can confidently say that he is a model of leadership and sportsmanship to those around him, both on and off the ice.”

Luis Gonzalez is most notably known for not letting DBacks fans down, so his selection as a pallbearer is an interesting one. Gonzalez, most known for his efforts in helping to bring a World Series to Arizona sent his condolences to the McCain family.

Other Diamondbacks in attendance will be manager Bob Brenly, DBacks President & CEO Derrick Hall, and Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson.

The final participant in McCain’s funeral service is Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald. The Pro Bowl wideout was asked by Cindy McCain, the senator’s wife, several months ago when Fitzgerald visited the family at the ranch in Arizona. 

“It’s truly one of the greatest honors of my life to be able to talk about somebody who served his country so passionately and had been so dedicated to policies of this nation,” told ESPN. 

“You think about those 60-plus years and everything he’s done from his time served as a POW to all the years in the Senate, the things he’s done here for the great state of Arizona — and to be able to do that in five or six minutes is extremely difficult. I’m going to do the best I can and try to honor him for the wonderful man that he is.”

When asked about McCain during the broadcast of Sunday’s Arizona Cardinals preseason game, Fitzgerald said there are so many things to remember about John McCain.

“His generosity. Just his beliefs and ideals, things he stood for. I’m at a loss for words for what he’s done for this great state of Arizona, and our nation and internationally. Just his heart, his compassion, his sacrifices as a POW and just the legion of people he’s helped along the way. He’ll be remembered forever.”

-Larry Fitzgerald

We agree, Larry.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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