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Max Kellerman questions whether Cardinals’ star Larry Fitzgerald will make Hall of Fame


Larry Fitzgerald is perhaps the best players to ever suit up for the Arizona Cardinals. And, despite a historic career, some still are not impressed.

In a First Take segment about free-agent receiver Dez Bryant, ESPN’s Max Kellerman turned the subject matter to veteran NBA guard Vince Carter. He compared Carter to Fitzgerald saying, he “might make the Hall of Fame because of his longevity and willingness to keep playing despite not being an MVP-caliber player anymore.”

While Kellerman’s comparison has some truthfulness to it, in regards to how both Carter and Fitzgerald are both playing late into their respective careers, saying Fitzgerald might make the Hall of Fame does his career a major disservice.

Perhaps Kellerman  hadn’t really looked at the numbers in his preparation for the show. Fitzgerald, 35, ranks second all-time in receiving yards (16,279). He stands behind only Jerry Rice (22,895) and ahead of Terrell Owens (15,934) and Randy Moss (15,292), both of whom were indicted into the Hall of Fame last summer.

In addition, Fitzgerald has been selected for the Pro Bowl eleven times and stands third in career receptions (1,303), and sixth in receiving touchdowns (116)

Fitzgerald has played his entire career for the Cardinals, selected with the third overall pick out of Pittsburgh in 2004. The only players picked ahead of him were quarterback Eli Manning (by San Diego out of Ole Miss) and offensive tackle Robert Gallery (out of Iowa by Oakland Raiders).

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