Drafted with the third overall pick in 2004 by Arizona, Larry Fitzgerald had some huge expectations to fulfill. He is a fan favorite among the fans here in the valley and has done great things in the community, he started his own charity to help fight breast cancer which unfortunately took his mom from him. Being at the stadium yesterday working during the Cardinals’ game they announced his name during introductions, and the crowd let out a huge roar which probably was the loudest of the game.
Fitzgerald has the potential to be one of the greatest receivers to ever play the game. He already holds the records for most touchdowns 77, most receptions 764, and most receiving yards 10,413 in Arizona Cardinals history. Fitzgerald needs about four more quality years to solidify his hall of fame status. No doubt in my mind if the Cardinals could have surrounded him with an elite quarterback Fitzgerald could have been the second best wide receiver of all time. Because let’s be honest nobody will ever break Jerry Rice’s records, not in this day with defensive players being faster and stronger than in the past. Also Rice played 19 years in the league an extremely long period of time.
Fitzgerald willed this team to a Super Bowl with his record-breaking playoff performance. Still regarded as the best performance in history. The thing that makes him special is his ability to catch the ball in traffic. He doesn’t care if he’s being double teamed, if the quarterback gets the ball in his area he’s going to come down with that ball, at 6’3′ he can out jump any corner in the league. Every Cardinals’ fan hopes Fitzgerald retires as a Arizona Cardinal, but most know how this business works. Just this year the Cardinals cut Adrian Wilson also a fan favorite, and who had played his entire career in Arizona. While it wasn’t a fan favorite move I’m sure fans would be much more upset if the same were to happen to Fitzgerald.