Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is ‘ready to go’ for next season
Earlier this offseason, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald made the commitment to return for a 15th season after once again contemplating retirement. It has become an annual process for him as he ventures into the later portion of his Hall of Fame career.
Fitzgerald has continued to show the ability to play at an elite level despite being at the stage of his career where players typically experience regression in their play. Nonetheless, the 34-year-old voiced on Monday that he is fully committed to stepping it up once again in the 2018 campaign, according to Kent Somers of AZCentral Sports.
“Football is different than any other sport,” Fitzgerald said on Monday. “When you make a decision to come back, you have to be fully engaged in the task at hand. I know what’s expected of me. I know what’s required, so I’m ready to go.”
The level of dedication that Fitzgerald still has to the game has lent well to him remaining a highly productive player in the league that is still regarded as being one of the top wide receivers. He is coming off three straight years with at least 100 catches, 1,000 receiving yards, and six touchdown receptions.
Although Fitzgerald doesn’t seem to be motivated by any individual record, he has put himself position to further cement his legacy in NFL history given that he can move up to second-time in receptions (1,234) and receiving yards (15,545) this upcoming season trailing on Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in each category. It could be an intriguing process for him this upcoming season with a new quarterback in Sam Bradford under center that he will have to build a bond with meanwhile playing in a new offensive scheme with head coach Bruce Arians retiring earlier this year.
Despite all of that, Fitzgerald’s presence will be a huge asset once again in the passing game as the Cardinals look to snap a two-year absence from the playoffs.