Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald says fire to be great still burns within him
Arizona Cardinals long-time wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is returning for his 16th season in 2019, and it’s pretty clear what kind of loyalty and heart he possesses at this point in his career. Fitzgerald has been with the organization since 2004 and will be returning for his 16th season.
Fitzgerald opened up about why he chose to continue his career in this Instagram post:
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A fire burned inside of me my rookie year…a desire, over all else, to be great. To excel on the field. To impact the lives of others off of it. I’m grateful that the fire still burns just as bright today, and that this organization has let me chase that fire for well over a decade. Nothing excites me more than continuing to chase greatness with everyone here on and off the field. Let’s get to work! #YEAR16
Fitzgerald still has a lot of games left in him, and although it was a down year statistically, it was mostly due to a new offense and coaching staff. Fitzgerald had three straight 1,000+ receiving-yard seasons as well as 100 plus receptions from 2015-2017. Fitzgerald actually had his career high in receptions in 2015 and 2017 with 109. Although his touchdown total has been down the past three seasons, his contributions in the pass game are significant, even at this stage in his career.
The Cardinals’ future Hall of Fame receiver has not missed a game in four seasons. He missed two back in 2014, but prior to that he had not missed a game since 2007.
His reliability on and off the field are undeniable. Fitzgerald is a tremendous role model and teammate, and it’s fair to assume he could go anywhere else to contend for a much deserved Super Bowl trophy. His loyalty and selflessness to compete where it all started is something a lot of players can only hope to possess.
The Cardinals have a fantastic chance of being effective on the offensive side of the ball as long as Fitzgerald is willing and able to play.