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Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald lands on NFL’s Top 100 for 10th straight year

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Arizona Cardinals living legend wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is celebrating his 37th birthday at the end of August. However, the veteran—still active on the team’s roster—is a fixture on the NFL’s “Top 100” list.

Fitzgerald lands at No. 69 on the prestigious list—his 10th consecutive placement there, according to Cardinals Wire.

Fitzgerald, originally a third overall pick by Arizona in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh, is entering his 17th season in the league come the 2020 campaign. It’s sure to be a wildly different type of season for Fitzgerald, the Cardinals, and the NFL, with the league experiencing turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fitzgerald will be one of the growing number of pass-catching weapons for rising second-year Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, last year’s No. 1 pick and former Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma who was awarded the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2019. In the offseason, Arizona augmented their wide receiver corps, chiefly with the big trade for Houston Texans star wideout DeAndre Hopkins (a four-time Pro Bowl selection).

The arrival of Hopkins should decrease the 37-year-old Fitzgerald’s eternal vigilante presence downfield for the Cardinals. Fitzgerald caught 75 passes for 804 receiving yards during the 2019 campaign, scoring four touchdowns, per Pro Football Reference. The last two years have been significant decreases in Fitzgerald’s production; the vet caught a league-high 107 receptions in 2016 and registered more than 1,000 receiving yards in the three seasons prior to 2018.

Fitzgerald is the franchise’s career leader in both touchdown receptions and receiving yards, far outpacing the competition on the leaderboard.