Former Arizona Cardinals legendary wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is the definition of class and character.
April 24th, 2004: just a mere two days after the passing of Pat Tillman took place, the Arizona Cardinals found their next franchise-defining player. Larry Fitzgerald was selected third overall out of the University of Pittsburgh, where he should have been the first wide receiver to win the Heisman (that would wind up going to Devonta Smith of Alabama in this year’s draft) since Desmond Howard.
The pride of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the son of a news reporter and a mother who would be gone too soon would go on to shape Arizona’s best player ever. But, little did we know that Fitzgerald would wind up being so special for so many reasons on and off the field. In his 17 years with the team, he owns every meaningful record for a wide receiver for the franchise, including getting to be second in all-time in career receiving yards in NFL history.
Let’s face it- ever since Fitzgerald has been around with the team, even when the team lost, things have always felt hopeful and optimistic. It will be a monumental task to sort out his top 10 moments, but I’ll give you my take on them.
Here’s to you, Larry!