Cindy McCain wins coin toss as honorary captain for the Arizona Cardinals in season opener
The Arizona Cardinals had announced on Friday that Cindy McCain would serve as honorary captain for their season opener against Washington Redskins.
Following the death of Sen. John McCain, his widow Cindy McCain was celebrated as an honorary captain for the Arizona Cardinals season opener on Sunday. In her first public appearance since her husband's funeral, Cindy joined the Cardinals during their game against the Washington Redskins at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The captains of the team, including wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a longtime friend of the McCain family, invited Cindy on to the field for the opening coin toss. Cindy flipped the coin, which went in favor of her team.
According to Fitzgerald, he shared a “meaningful friendship” with the late senator and "deeply" admired him. He was one of the prominent speakers who eulogized McCain at his funeral.
“He didn’t judge individuals based on the color of their skin, their gender, their backgrounds, their political affiliations or their bank accounts,” Fitzgerald said at the memorial service. “He evaluated them on the merits of their character and the countenance of their hearts."
.@LarryFitzgerald greets Cindy McCain at today’s game.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 9, 2018
The McCain Institute is in the arena, where Senator McCain’s values and legacy are being championed.
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John, being an avid sports fan, regularly attended local sporting events in and around Phoenix with his wife. Together, they attended games involving quite a few professional teams, including the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League, the baseball Diamondbacks, and the Arizona Cardinals.
After the game, Cindy said that the “support for our family has been overwhelming” in recent weeks and thanked the team in a tweet. “We’re going to keep fighting for the America John believed in every day,” she wrote.
Thank you to @LarryFitzgerald and @AZCardinals for your warm welcome and touching tribute to John. Support for our family has been overwhelming. We’re going to keep fighting for the America John believed in everyday with the @McCainInstitute and hope you will join us #InTheArena— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 9, 2018
After the Republican senator's demise, Cindy declared that she would devote her time and efforts completely to the McCain Institute for International Leadership. In an op-ed piece for USA Today last week, she championed her husband's legacy and urged others to follow in his footsteps, HuffPost reports. "Through the McCain Institute, we will fight for all those values that animated my husband throughout his life. With your support, we will pay his legacy forward," McCain wrote.
“John McCain fought for others every day of his life, whether he was wearing a uniform or standing on the floor of the U.S. Senate,” she added. “With his passing, America inherently understood that this is the kind of leadership we want. That this is the kind of country we want to be. And that it is now up to us — all of us — to get into the arena and fight. Each of us must do something to fight for a greater cause.”
John's Senate seat was taken over by former Senator Jon Kyl, who took the oath of office in time to help fellow Republicans push the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, reported USA Today. John was laid to rest last Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, after memorial services in Phoenix and Washington D.C.