The outstanding career of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald appears to be rapidly approaching the finish line
It’s been 15 years now since the Arizona Cardinals acquired the greatest player in franchise history. Year after year, fans of the club could count on this individual to give maximum effort in every game he suited up for. There appeared to be no end in sight for this tremendous athlete, who’s outstanding skills never seemed to erode.
Unfortunately, all good things will eventually come to an end. We never thought it would happen, but it now looks as if the career of Larry Fitzgerald is finally on the decline. It’s difficult to admit, but the Cardinals legendary wide receiver has become extremely ordinary.
During the Cards first two matchups of the current campaign, Fitzgerald was performing like he had drank from the Fountain of Youth. The 36-year old hauled in eight passes for 113 yards and a touchdown during the squad’s opening-day tie with the Detroit Lions. The following Sunday, Fitzgerald caught five balls for 104 yards against a tough Baltimore Ravens defense.
Fitzgerald’s numbers over the past seven weeks, however, have been far from impressive. The second most prolific wideout in NFL history has failed to top the 69-yard mark in any of those contests. What’s more, Fitzgerald has not visited the end zone since week three, and has scored just two touchdowns thus far in 2019.
Despite those underwhelming statistics, the third-overall pick of the 2004 draft leads Arizona pass-catchers in several categories through nine weeks. Fitzgerald ranks first on the Cardinals in both receptions (42) and receiving yards (485). The 6’3, 218 pounder has also been targeted the most (63), and he’s converted 21 of his catches into first downs.
While there have certainly been flashes of brilliance from the future Hall of Famer, it’s Fitzgerald’s last three appearances that may have the Cards concerned. The veteran has totaled just seven receptions, 58 yards and zero scores since October 20th. Fitzgerald was Arizona’s go-to receiver for quite some time, but second-year pro Christian Kirk is rapidly earning that distinction.
Cardinal loyalists may be watching the final days of one of the most talented and classiest players to ever play the game. The retirement rumors have been circulating around Fitzgerald for the last couple of offseasons. Perhaps a sensational career will sadly come to an end at the end of 2019.