Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will conduct the National Anthem on Sept. 20 for the Phoenix Symphony, according to FOXSports.com.
“I’m definitely going to go out there and give it my best shot,” Fitzgerald said. “I’ve been watching YouTube videos of conductors late into the night to see what they actually do. I don’t want to make a fool of myself.”
“I’ve been to a lot of symphonies and operas, so I know the gist of it,” he said. “But that’s not the same as doing it. It’s my first time. I want to make sure I know what I’m doing.”
The Phoenix Symphony says it will be “a once-in-a-lifetime performance, showcasing the best of sports and music” on opening night of its season.
Craig Morgan of FOXSports.com reports that the Phoenix Symphony approached Cardinals president Michael Bidwill with the idea.
“We are grateful to have such a talented athlete and respected member of the community both on and off the field join us as we open our exciting season,” said Jim Ward, CEO and President of The Phoenix Symphony. “Like many of us, Larry Fitzgerald realizes the importance of supporting all the great entertainment options Arizona has to offer from sports to the performing arts.”