Athletes who have earned degrees from the university include four-time NBA Championship -winner Shaquille O'Neal (2005),  three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie ,  professional tennis player Michael Russell (2012).  and Arizona Cardinals professional NFL football player (wide receiver) Larry Fitzgerald (2016). Fitzgerald graduated with a bachelor's degree shortly before his 33rd birthday. He majored in communications with a minor in marketing. (He began college in 2002 at the University of Pittsburgh .) He is currently a spokesman for the University of Phoenix  and he often tells the story of promising his mother Carol that he would someday graduate from college. She died while he was still enrolled at Pittsburgh. 
The stadium hosted the WWE event WrestleMania XXVI with 72,219 fans in attendance. The event was held in the stadium on March 28, 2010. WrestleMania XXVI was the twenty-sixth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which took place on March 28, 2010, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona .  This was the first WrestleMania since WrestleMania XI with a non-title match as a main event, the first WrestleMania to be held in the state of Arizona and the third to be held in an open-air venue,   after WrestleMania IX and WrestleMania XXIV . WrestleMania XXVI was a joint-promotion event, with performers both from the Raw and SmackDown brands. The event's card consisted of eight matches, including three main matches. The first of these matches was a no disqualification, no count-out match, in which The Undertaker defeated Shawn Michaels to improve his undefeated WrestleMania streak to 18–0. Per the pre-match stipulation, Michaels was forced to retire . The second was a singles match for the WWE Championship that saw John Cena defeat Batista to win the championship. The third saw World Heavyweight Champion , Chris Jericho , defeat Edge to retain the title. The undercard also included a No Holds Barred match between Bret Hart and Mr. McMahon and the sixth annual Money in the Bank ladder match . Tickets for the event commenced sale to the public on November 7, 2009.  WrestleMania XXVI generated approximately 885,000 PPV buys, grossing US$ 49 million in revenue.  With an attendance of 72,219, the event grossed $ million in ticket sales, making the event the highest grossing and attended entertainment event held at the University of Phoenix Stadium.