Hopkins offers Super Bowl tickets to veteran, Fitzgerald teases retirement


The Cardinals won’t go to Super Bowl 56, but DeAndre Hopkins offered a military veteran and his wife the chance to be there.

Hopkins tweeted on Friday that he gave retiredU.S. Army Sergeant. Melvin Gatewood two free tickets to the big game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA.

The donation was part of Arizona’s partnership with Official NFL Salute to Service Partner USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project, to provide a deserving military member with a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which is a trip to the Super Bowl with a guest.

Gatewood, a Purple Heart recipient who served in the Second National War in Iraq, will also meet Hopkins at USAA’s Salute to Service Lounge during the NFL’s Super Bowl Experience event in Los Angeles before game day.

“Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to Sergeant Melvin Gatewood, an Army veteran, for his military service and his continued service in helping other military veterans,” Hopkins said in a press release. “Thanks to the USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project, I am honored to award Sgt. Gatewood a trip to the Super Bowl, where I look forward to meeting him.

Is Fitzgerald really retired?

Larry Fitzgerald raised many eyebrows from his social media followers and Cardinals fans on Friday after he tweeted the URL for his new LinkedIn profile.

After not playing for Arizona last regular season but not officially retiring after 18 seasons in the NFL, the Cardinals legend had three superlatives under his name: “Investor , philanthropist, former athlete”.

The latter added more speculation that Fitz has officially called it quits on his Hall of Fame career. He repeatedly told the media over the past few months that he was not trying to come back. But when the Republic contacted him on Saturday, Fitzgerald did not confirm his retirement.

He said “I’m not retired” via text, then added “putting the story on ice”. He concluded with a request to “let me go in the direction that I want in peace”.

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