NFL player graduates from college, fulfilling promise to late mother. Before her death to breast cancer in 2003. Carol Fitzgerald told her son the importance of getting an education: “I know you have a passion to play ball, but education is something you can carry for the rest of your life.” Larry Fitzgerald promised his mother he would complete his education. Now, 13 years and 98 touchdowns later, Fitzgerald is graduating from the University of Phoenix. Fitzgerald is graduating with a degree in Communications and Marketing, and hopes to one day pursue a career in journalism and broadcasting.