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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) smiles prior to an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald against the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, left, is run down by San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, right, following a reception by Fitzgerald in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 21-19. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Sitting in chairs on the gym floor where Akron’s best basketball player learned the game, they came to honor the memory of Akron’s second-best basketball player — and one of its all-time nicest people.