Did anyone else think that Larry Fitzgerald wouldn’t be the best Arizona Cardinals draft pick of all time?
“Larry Legend,” “The Japanese Fighting Fish” (Ron Wolfley came up with that one). And “Fitzy” are just some of the nicknames used for Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was the shiniest of gems from the 2004 draft class and became one of the greatest wide receivers of all time.
Fitzgerald’s first catch was a high-pointed ball from Josh McCown on the road against the Rams. That set the stage for the incredible acrobatics Fitzgerald would gift Cardinals fans from 2004 to 2020.
Fitzgerald’s list of accomplishments is as long as the distance from the earth to the sun, but some of the most notable are:
- Best postseason performance of all time: 30 catches, 546 yards, and seven touchdowns in 2008
- Second place on all-time receiving yards list: 17,492 (only behind Jerry Rice)
- Tied with Jerry Rice to be the oldest single-season receptions leader in a season at the age of 33
- He only dropped 29 passes compared to the 1,432 that he caught
We, as Cardinals fans, have been spoiled beyond our wildest years to have seen Fitzgerald dedicate his entire career to our team. It was something that I’ll tell my kids about when they’re old enough to understand.
Fans who got to see him play (I got to see him five times) will always be able to say the same to the next generations of Cardinals fans. Fitzgerald has been the consummate professional and human being.
Maybe we can find another one of him soon.