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Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

Forbes.com’s Larry Fitzgerald has been a part of the local media landscape in the Phoenix area for more than 15 years. In addition to his journalistic approach, it’s by his personal relationships that he has stayed committed and loyal to print.

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Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr. (born August 31, 1983) is an American football wide receiver who is a free agent. He played college football at Pittsburgh, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, where he then played for 17 seasons. He is widely considered by fans, coaches and peers to be one of the greatest receivers in NFL history.

2015: Started every game for the eighth time in his career and led the team with a single-season franchise-record 109 catches for 1,215 yards and nine TDs … added a team-best 206 yards and a TD on 12 catches in two playoff games … earned ninth career Pro Bowl selection, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame S Larry Wilson for the most selections in franchise history; now tied for second-most Pro Bowls by a WR in NFL history, behind only Jerry Rice (13) … marked his third season with 100+ receptions and his seventh career 1,000-yard season … surpassed 1,000 career catches, becoming the youngest player in NFL history to reach that mark (32 years, 97 days old) … finished the season ranked 11th on NFL's all-time receptions list and 15th all-time in receiving yards … extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 179, the longest active streak in the NFL … had a team-leading eight catches for 112 yards and a regular-season career-best three TD receptions @ Chi (9/20); only previous game with three TD catches came in the 2008 NFC Championship Game against the Eagles; first TD of the game was the 90th of his career, making him just the 10th player in NFL history with 12,000+ receiving yards and 90+ receiving TDs in their career; moved into 11th on the NFL's all-time list with 92 career TD catches and into 20th on the NFL's all-time receiving yardage list; marked his 39th career 100-yard receiving game; named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career, tied for the second-most in team history … recorded a season-high 134 yards on nine catches and caught two TDs vs. SF (9/27); gave him 14 career TD receptions against the 49ers, the most of any player against San Francisco in NFL history; notched multiple TD catches in back-to-back regular season games for just the second time in his career and was his 16th career multi-TD game; marked 40th career 100-yard game and the ninth time in his career he recorded 100+ yards in consecutive games … led the team with nine catches for 84 yards and a TD @ Cle (11/1); passed Steve Smith (961) for 14th on NFL's all-time receptions list and moved into 17th all-time in receiving yards by passing Irving Fryar (12,785); TD catch in fourth quarter was first of his career against the Browns, leaving just three teams (Ravens, Broncos and Jets) that he has not scored a TD against … led the team with a season-high 10 receptions for 130 yards @ Sea (11/15); his 41st career 100-yard game and ninth career game with 10 or more receptions … had a team-leading eight catches for 90 yards vs. Cin (11/22), including receptions on back-to-back plays of 18 and 20 yards on the game-winning FG drive with less than a minute remaining; surpassed 13,000 career receiving yards with his second catch of the game, becoming the third-youngest player (32 years, 83 days) in NFL history to reach that milestone (trailing only Randy Moss and Rice) ... collected eight receptions for 55 yards @ StL (12/6); became the youngest player (32 years, 97 days) in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions with his last catch of the game; surpassed 1,000 receiving yards on the season, extending his own franchise record with his seventh career 1,000-yard season … had four receptions for 29 yards and a TD vs. GB (12/27); reached 100 catches on the season for the third time in his career … recorded six catches for 55 yards and a TD vs. Sea (1/3/16); with first catch of the game, broke his own franchise record (103 in 2005) for most receptions in a season … posted team-leading eight catches for 176 yards and game-winning TD in overtime of Divisional Playoff vs. GB (1/16/16); 176 yards set a new franchise postseason record, breaking his own mark of 166 yards on 1/10/09 at Carolina; marked fifth career 100-yard game in the playoffs, tied for third-most in NFL history, and his third game of 150+ yards, the most ever; accounted for all 80 yards on game-winning OT drive with a 75-yard catch-and-run on the first play and a five-yard TD on a shovel pass two plays later; marked his 10th career postseason TD catch, tied for third all-time … had four catches for 30 yards in NFC Championship Game @ Car (1/24/16). (Source: www.azcardinals.com)

Football

Two-time All-State and prep All-America receiver at Academy of the Holy Angels (Minneapolis, MN) High School … recorded 73 receptions for 1,254 yards (17.2 yard avg.) and 17 TDs as a senior, and had 54 catches for 1,347 yards (24.9 yard avg.) with 12 TDs and 10 consecutive 100-yard receiving games as a junior … also a three-year defensive starter, playing free safety as a senior and OLB as a junior and sophomore … lettered twice in basketball and once in track … studied in the College of Arts and Sciences at Pittsburgh … father, Larry Sr., played football at Indiana State from 1975–77 and is currently the sports editor for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder … his mother, Carol, passed away in April of 2003 after a seven-year bout with cancer; Larry keeps her driver's license in his wallet next to his own … younger brother, Marcus, played WR at Marshall from 2004-07 … following the 2013 season, was named to the USA Football All-Fundamentals Teams, one of 26 players (11 offense, 11 defense, 4 special teams) honored for exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate … earned a degree in Communications from University of Phoenix in May of 2016.

To play well, he believed he needed to practice whenever possible. Fitzgerald hasn’t practiced playing football in nearly a year, so I don’t envision him believing he could just show up at the Cardinals facility and be ready to play in December or January. (Source: www.azcentral.com)

 

 

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