- Larry Fitzgerald has averaged 85 catches a year over his career.
- Fitzgerald has been a leader on and off the field for the Cardinals organization.
- Fitzgerald’s number 1 jersey was retired at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.
PHOENIX – In high school, not only did Larry Fitzgerald play football for Academy of Holy Angles High School, but he also was getting his first taste of the NFL as a ball boy for the Minnesota Vikings.
Seeing stars like Cris Carter only motivated him to get to that level as a player. Not only did Fitzgerald make it to the NFL, but he also is known and will forever be known as one of the best receivers to ever play the game.
Headed into his 16th year, Fitzgerald has seen and accomplished many things in the NFL. Two things are left to do for him in this league, win a championship and retire.
With the Arizona Cardinals in full rebuild mode, a championship there in the next few years seems unlikely. With so many years put into the game and records already broken, odds are favored for Fitzgerald to retire in 2020 (-200). Offshore sports betting sites are also offering odds on Fitzgerald to keep playing for the Cardinals (+125) or for a different team (+300).
Larry Fitzgerald Records And History
Drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2004, Fitzgerald had high expectations from experts and Dennis Green – the coach who drafted him. Before being named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Green was the coach of the Minnesota Vikings when Fitzgerald was the ball boy, so Green knew a little something about the receiver out of the University of Pittsburgh.
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Picking Fitzgerald has been the right move for the Cardinals organization. His production has shown that he should be considered as a first-year Hall of Fame ballot inductee. With 16,990 total career receiving yards, he is only second behind Jerry Rice. To catch Rice is possible, but unlikely.
This year has been a subpar year for him, as he has just over 60 catches and over 500 yards receiving. With as many consistent years as Fitzgerald has had, many players have considered putting Fitzgerald in the class with Rice and Randy Moss as the greatest receivers of all time.
With the possibility of playing for another team, it seems like Fitzgerald would retire before considering other teams. He once said, “If I am not playing in Arizona, I am not playing anywhere”. That sums up any chance of him leaving Arizona.
Holding at least 40 records for the Arizona Cardinals, don’t be surprised if his number is retired in the franchise too. Leading the league twice in catches and twice in touchdowns, Fitzgerald helped the Cardinals reach their first and only Super Bowl. Throughout that Super Bowl run, Fitzgerald had seven touchdowns in which he scored twice in the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Right now, the Cardinals have five numbers retired in their franchise and expect Fitzgerald to join. At this moment, they also have 20 Hall of Famers. Also, expect him to join this crew as well when he retires.
Dentarius is a long time sports blogger. He also has a YouTube channel covering many different daily sports subjects. He is always researching sports history, learning different things about NFL, NBA, and other sports.