Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t plan to retire after 2016
That, of course, isn’t the case. Fitzgerald has played in the NFL since 2004, and at age 33, he’s getting old in football terms. But, his performance on the field is as good as ever.
In a heart-breaking 23-21 defeat to the Patriots, the 9-time Pro Bowler caught 8 passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Those scores gave him an incredible 100 career receiving TDs. He’s only the 10th player to ever reach that milestone.
Fitzgerald is a cornerstone piece of the Cardinals franchise, so it’s understandable that their fans were mourning when Ian Rapoport reported that Fitzgerald “has told people close to him that he expects 2016 to be his last season.”
Not so fast
However, earlier this morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter refuted the claim with his own report:
Cardinals fans can relax. Larry Fitzgerald has no plans to retire after this year, per sources. It's why he signed an extension last month.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2016
Fitzgerald said as much after Arizona’s narrow Sunday night loss. From NFL.com’s Nick Shook:
“I don’t talk about the future,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t even know what I am having for dinner tonight, let alone what I am doing next year. I signed another year for a reason. I believe in what we’re doing here.”
Fitzgerald’s extension keeps him in Arizona through 2017. With one of the best rosters in the NFL, Larry hopes to finally earn a Super Bowl ring by then. There’s no doubt that he deserves it.