Cindy McCain to be Cards' honorary captain in opener

Cindy McCain pays her respects as the body of her husband, John McCain, lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Aug. 31.Photo: Jasper Colt-USA TODAY

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Cindy McCain will serve as the Arizona Cardinals' honorary captain prior to Sunday's season-opening game against the Washington Redskins, the team announced.

McCain, who is the widow of Sen. John McCain, will join the team at midfield for the pregame coin toss. She will be accompanied by wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who is one of the Cardinals' seven captains and a longtime friend of the McCains.

Cindy McCain shared a picture on her Instagram account of Fitzgerald, John McCain and herself at the cabin in Cornville (Ariz.), where the elder McCain had been receiving medical treatment.

John McCain died Aug. 25, more than 13 months after he announced he was battling a brain tumor.

John McCain was a fan and longtime supporter of the Arizona sports teams, including the Cardinals.

"Your legacy in our state and country will forever live on. May you rest in peace, Senator John McCain. Our thoughts are with all of @SenJohnMcCain's family and friends," the Cardinals posted on Twitter following his death.

McCain, who was severely injured after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, spent more than five years as a prisoner of war.

He was later elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, the Senate four years later and made an unsuccessful bid against Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election.