The NFL world needs to stop thinking that Larry Fitzgerald is going to come out of retirement.
Another day, another article asking if their team should try to sign Arizona Cardinals Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald out of retirement. A recent article on LombardiAve.Com, one of our sister sites here at FanSided, suggested that very thing should happen.
Now non-Cardinals fans don’t know Fitzgerald like Cardinals fans do, so I’ll give some slack on that. However, the main thing is that once Fitzgerald makes a decision, he sticks to it. Hence why there were so many times he got those short, “one-off” contracts because he took his time to see if he wanted to play or not.
Citing the fact that Fitzgerald is working with Rodgers to fight hearing loss around the world is a great thing (as someone who’s had a ton of hearing issues myself). But trying to use that as the main reason Rodgers would get Fitzgerald to come out of retirement?
Rodgers couldn’t even decide on his own future after another playoff choke job.
Please stop trying to get Larry Fitzgerald out of retirement; it’s a waste of time.
Look, we as Cardinals fans want him back in the league as much as anyone does. However, I personally thought he should’ve gone to a contender to get a ring after the 2020 season (when it made more sense).
Fitzgerald has done it all, though, minus the ring, of course. He’s a Hall of Famer, he’s the second-leading wide receiver in NFL history in terms of yards, and he owns countless other records and accolades.
Another reason is that Fitzgerald won’t accept being anything less than a mainstay of the offense. So trying to sign on to a team and just exist there and get a ring (sort of like how Vernon Davis got one with the Denver Broncos in 2015) isn’t going to sit well with Fitzgerald.
Kyler Murray didn’t do much to help Fitzgerald stick around, and there are rumors that Fitzgerald didn’t like the Murray pick. Fitzgerald denied it, but it still can’t be thrown out.
Additionally, the Packers have no wide receivers, and Fitzgerald may have a more prominent role than most late 30-somethings would have.
Murray only threw to Fitzgerald for roughly 1200 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons. There are countless other quarterbacks who were way less skilled than Murray who made sure to get him the ball.
Fitzgerald is his own man, and his decisions are his own. He’s never wavered from that. Please stop with these suggestions.