6. Fitzgerald’s ability to do the little things right
Now I know this is a vague statement here. Think about it though- when was the last time you heard a penalty call on Fitz? He’s only had 34 accepted penalties called on him in his entire career, and since 2015 has had no more than two per season. He doesn’t make those brain-numbing mistakes that cost him team yards. And even if there was some crazy penalty spree, the referee would probably be blamed more than Fitz would.
On top of that, he was always seen handing the ball to the referees or at least making it a priority to do so. He gained even more notoriety for this during the Cardinals 37-34 OT victory over the Seattle Seahawks in 2020.
On the final drive in regulation with less than 10 seconds left, Fitzgerald can be seen sprinting to where Chase Edmonds was tackled. Fitz ripped the ball from Edmonds and ran to the ref who spotted the ball.
Kyler Murray was able to spike the ball with seconds to spare. This act by Fitzgerald led to Zane Gonzalez tying the game to go into OT. The Cardinals eventually won the game, essentially on this hustle play. There’s even another clip of him doing this in Week 1 @ San Francisco. It’s stuff like this that you don’t see very often.
Fitzgerald’s time management was better than some NFL coaches. Additionally, he is always loose and loves to make a joke when it’s the right time. Who could ever forget that time he tackled Kurt Warner on the sideline?
Don’t ever change, Larry. This stuff is incredible.