1. The “Hail Larry”
As I stated on the last slide, this takes No. 1 as the Cardinals actually won this game. This game is the best playoff game there has ever been, with the most drama and crazy plays that the football world had ever seen before. Fitzgerald had been made a priority for Green Bay’s defense, even with Charles Woodson still running around.
After two hail mary’s on the same drive led by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the game headed into overtime tied at 20-20 (how ironic). It was the very first play of overtime, and we all know what happened next. Somehow Green Bay wanted to make another epic collapse in the playoffs for the third year in a row to an NFC West team- and they did.
I can clearly remember the exact spot I was sitting in my parent’s living room. I grew up in Wisconsin but had been a Cardinals fan for 11 years at this point. I went from sitting on the floor with a lot of dread, as Rodgers had forced the game to OT as my parents were going nuts. In seconds, I was up jumping and screaming (as I’m sure all of the football world was).
To see Larry Fitzgerald be able to be THAT dominant and take the game back from a fellow Hall of Famer in Rodgers at 11 years into his career, that’s why this is the No. 1 moment. The rest is history.
Larry, thank you so much for everything you’ve done for the NFL, the Valley, and Cardinals fans. You’ve given us hope after years of being one of the worst teams in the league.
Enjoy your retirement and your travels.