January 26, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Rice receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals (11) during the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
When you look up the word “loyal”in the dictionary you will find a picture of Larry Fitzgerald who earlier tweeted out “back in AZ from SB48 and the 1st order of business this am was signing a restructured contract to help the AZ Cardinals get better” this tweet was re tweeted by the popular radio show host Dave Burns of the Burns and Gambo show, which is a trusted reliable source in the Valley.
This would make the second time that the great wide receiver has showed his loyalty to the team that drafted him. Many including myself would ask why? But we as Cardinal fans in the Valley have seen this man be the modeled citizen he is day in and day out on and off the field for 11 years without complaint.
Now this must mean that Fitzgerald may see a brighter future staying an Arizona Cardinal rather than test the market as he is getting done this very important piece to his legacy. If this was the correct decision or not will be determined on next years run at the Super Bowl which is being held right here at home in the University of Phoenix Stadium. It would be a story out of a fantasy book should Larry and the Cardinals pull off that task, but nevertheless he is dedicated to not quit on Arizona.
Rumors swirled around earlier in the week that the New England Patriots were interested but that has not been confirmed or denied, if so why would Fitzgerald turn down an opportunity to play with a Hall of Fame quarterback in Tom Brady and rather settle for a second run with Carson Palmer. Loyalty seems to be the easy answer to that question as the loyalty of Fitzgerald brings me back to the old school when players stayed on their respective teams for most if not all of their career.
The details of the deal have not been disclosed but Fitzgerald has allowed the team once again to be able to remain competitive and keep the important pieces needed to be better in 2014. Larry put up decent numbers once again recording 82 catches for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns and that is not bad considering he had another new starting quarterback.
Awards and accolades are given out yearly for many different accomplishments and I think the NFL needs to make a loyalty award and have Larry Fitzgerald on the trophy. Thanks Fitz, as a true Cardinals fan I say Thank you for seeing us here in the Valley worthy to continue to watch your greatness.