Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald Jr. is trying out a new stage Thursday night: leading the Phoenix Symphony in the national anthem when it opens its season.
The Pro Bowl wide receiver has played for the biggest audiences in the game with the Arizona Cardinals' Super Bowl run. But this one is different, leaving him humbled and honored. "I was extremely nervous up there practicing,” Fitzgerald said after rehearsal Tuesday.
In video of Fitzgerald's practice time, Ed Cole of www.pros2preps.com detailed Fitzgerald's three rules of conducting, which might share some aspects to his day job: Don't drop the baton; be natural and confident, and have a good time out there.
The symphony also released on Youtube some footage of Fitzgerald at work. And Fitzgerald has been spending time there researching all that conductors do.
Fitzgerald won't be the only Minnesotan front and center on Thursday. The conductor for the main program is Sarah Hicks, principal conductor, pops and presentations of the Minnesota Orchestra.
As for that day job, Fitzgerald is coming off a surprising road win over the New England Patriots, but one in which he caught only one pass for four yards. Another catch was wiped out by a penalty. "I’ll get my opportunities," Fitzgerald said. "When they come, I’ve got to make my plays.”