At Episcopal, Mr. Fitzgerald lettered in football and track and field. He was a two-year starter on the varsity football team, and in his junior year he led the team to an 8-1 record and broke the School’s 28-year-old rushing record, formerly held by EHS Hall of Fame member Max Chapman ’62. Mr. Fitzgerald set the new record with 359 yards on 32 carries in the game against Georgetown Prep. He rushed for more than 1,700 yards as a junior and was the leading rusher in the Washington, D.C., area, earning All-IAC, Second Team All-Met, and All-Alexandria honors.
As a senior, Mr. Fitzgerald received the Jack Moncure Award for Football and earned All-IAC and All-Met Honorable Mention honors. He was recognized four times as The Washington Post’s Top Performer during his high school career, twice for big games against Woodberry Forest School.
Mr. Fitzgerald also excelled on the track and field team. He ran on the IAC championship 4x100 relay team as a junior, and as a senior his relay team won the IAC and Cronly meets. He earned All-IAC honors as a senior and was selected as one of Alexandria’s Top 100 Athletes by the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club in 1999.
He continued his football career at the College of William and Mary, playing four years there. Mr. Fitzgerald was named ECAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman and set a conference record for freshman rushing with 814 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named to the Yankee Conference Second Team as a junior and to the First Team as a senior, when he was named Offensive Player of the Year. Mr. Fitzgerald graduated as William and Mary’s all-time leading rusher with 3,744 yards gained and was inducted into the college’s athletics hall of fame in 2009.