BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals’ players and coaches don’t get much downtime during the regular season, other than the occasional day off every week and the bye week. So, when the opportunity to come out to such a beautiful setup like the Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass comes up on Wednesday, and that opportunity doesn’t involve lifting weights, or running, or hitting someone, the players and coaches are all in for that.
For the 27th consecutive year, the Cardinals held their Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Dignity Health at the resort, and, as you’d expect, the organization was well represented, starting with head coach Bruce Arians, who said that the mini-break away from the daily grind was much needed. Plus, it was for a great cause, so it was a no-brainer for everyone to be there.
“It’s amazing,” Arians said. “I was overwhelmed the first time I saw this. To fill 36 holes is tough. I’ve run golf tournaments myself, (so) I know how hard it is. It’s fantastic. Our players, (and) all of our coaches, they know how much it means to give back to the community, especially as blessed as we are. To be able to help so many different charities within Cardinals Charities, it’s our job.”
The organization’s outreach to the state of Arizona doesn’t just come from the organization itself; the branches have spread from Arians’ foundation, along with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s, and cornerback Patrick Peterson’s, and defensive tackle Calais Campbell’s, just to name a few.
As Arians says, it’s a labor of love for each and every coach and player when they take time from their busy schedules to help those who need assistance the most.
“I think it talks about the culture of our locker room and our organization,” Arians said. “We know what it means to get out in front of something, and try to help people. Everybody’s got a different cause, and we all try to support each other as much as we can.”
The tournament may have been for a great cause, but that didn’t mean that the players and coaches were going to lay down and not compete in it.
According to quarterback Drew Stanton – who’s considered to be one of the better golfers on the team – it gets pretty tight out on the golf course at times, especially when the swag the winners get is so sweet.
“Oh yeah,” Stanton said. “The prizes you get are kind of nice. Last year, I got second place with Dignity Health. It’s all about having fun (with) raising awareness for the charities that we support, and obviously with all of us, and the community that supports us we want to try and support them.”