While it might seem odd to not have fans in attendance for an NFL game, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald would be just fine with such a scenario.
It’s a crazy idea to think of, then again, I never thought we would be a society needing to wear face masks in public spaces, but here we are. Could the NFL play regular-season football with no fans in the stands? It’s a possibility, and if it comes to that, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald would be OK with that.
“Us as pro athletes, we want to be out there even if it’s not in front of fans.”
With the calendar still in the early days of May, a lot of time exists between today and the beginning of September, when the regular season typically kicks off. The NFL, which has the benefit of time, can go in a few different directions, be it with fans or without.
Fitzgerald, who is certainly in the waning years of an absolutely stellar professional career, would likely prefer a full season with fans in attendance at State Farm Stadium. He currently sits second in NFL history with 1,378 catches for 17.083 yards, behind Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice.
Certainly, no one can say that Fitzgerald could be playing his last season of NFL football. Everything in May of 2020 as it relates to the regular season is purely speculative. Whether it’s full stadiums, partially filled, or completely empty, where Roger Goodell goes with the league remains to be seen. That said, watching a regular-season NFL game played in a stadium with no fans would be a spectacle of another kind.
As for the Cardinals and Fitzgerald, this season has a ton of promise with the addition of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, a good draft that features rookies like Isaiah Simmons and Josh Jones, and the second season of quarterback Kyler Murray. It’s not hard to imagine a special season of Arizona Cardinals football, fans or no fans at all.