Larry Fitzgerald pens tribute to John McCain for Christmas

Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald penned a touching tribute to Sen. John McCain for Christmas this year — offering words of encouragement and prayers as he continues to battle brain cancer.

“When I think about Christmas, and I think about Senator McCain, I think of giving,” Fitzgerald wrote in an open letter, which was published by Sports Illustrated.

“The sacrifices John McCain has made for our country, and especially the men and women he served with in the military, are incredible,” the wide receiver said. “I saw the very jail cell where he was held as a POW and I tried to imagine what it must have been like to be him. I took a photo of myself next to his flight suit, the suit he was wearing when he got shot down. So powerful. So meaningful. Those images will never leave my mind.”

McCain, 81, is currently recovering in Arizona after returning home earlier this month for cancer treatment. He did not take part in the Senate’s vote on the final GOP-supported tax plan, as a result.

“Senator John McCain again finds himself in a battle. This time it’s with cancer, and the treatment he’s undergoing is exhausting,” Fitzgerald said. “I’ll wish him a Merry Christmas today, and I pray he lives another 20 years.”