Twenty-Five Greatest Players in Cardinals History

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Larry Fitzgerald will go down as one of the best receivers the NFL has ever seen.

The Cardinals have had many beloved players throughout the franchise’s history. None touch the adoration that Fitzgerald gets, and for good reason. His behavior is exemplary and worthy of role model status. His ability is nearly unmatched. His play has been the stuff legends are made of.

He’s still playing, but Fitzgerald has put his name all over the record books, both for the Cardinals and the NFL. He’s first in team history in receptions (5th in NFL history) with 1,096, receiving touchdowns (8th in NFL history) with 103, and receiving yards (11th in NFL history) with 14,168. His combination of size, speed, and hands borders on unnatural, and he has made some of his biggest plays in the biggest games. He had them less than three minutes from a championship in Super Bowl XLIII, after converting a catch for a 64-yard touchdown. The defense couldn’t hold on, but Fitzgerald recorded seven catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

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Fitzgerald is a nine-time Pro Bowler, and was first-team All Pro in 2008. The Cardinals are sure to heap honors on him after his retirement, and a place in their Ring of Honor seems destined. He’s also a sure-fire Hall of Famer, likely on the first ballot. His career is winding down, though he’s still putting up big numbers, and it won’t be long until he’s caught his final passj. However, he’s the kind of player who will stay on fans’ minds  for a long time. He’s the greatest player in Cardinals history. He’s a legend.