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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Articles tagged: Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald signs extension to return to Cardinals in 2019

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald recently said that he would take some time before deciding whether or not he would continue playing in 2019, but the star wide receiver did not ponder the decision for very long.

On Wednesday, the Cardinals announced that Fitzgerald has signed a new one-year deal with the team and will return for his 16th NFL season.

With the Cardinals recently hiring Kliff Kingsbury, Fitzgerald and some of his teammates will be playing for their third head coach in as many seasons. While the 11-time Pro Bowler seemed to be in favor of the team keeping its last coach, he is obviously on board with the Kingsbury hire.

Fitzgerald was once again productive with the Cardinals last season despite them starting rookie Josh Rosen for the majority of the year. He caught 69 passes for 734 yards and six touchdowns, and he is now third all-time in the NFL with 1,303 catches.

Larry Fitzgerald makes hole-in-one while golfing with Barack Obama

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Larry Fitzgerald will probably never have a more memorable day golfing than he did on Friday.

Fitzgerald hosted a foursome including former President Barack Obama in Florida on Friday, which was a big enough event in itself. However, according to Tim Rosaforte of Golf Channel, Fitzgerald managed to sink a hole-in-one on the difficult 13th.

Fitzgerald is still considering his NFL future. Maybe he has a second career lined up, or maybe he only has this kind of magic when former U.S. presidents are watching him play.

Report: Larry Fitzgerald undecided about playing in 2019

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has yet to decide on his playing status for 2019.

Fitzgerald told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he intended to take some time to think over his future after a season in which his team finished with the No. 1 pick in the NFL.

Don’t expect there to be any timeline for the 35-year-old’s decision. Fitzgerald considered his future last season, but did not decide to return until February.

The iconic receiver’s ultimate decision comes with the backdrop of some chaos in the Arizona organization. If he returns, Fitzgerald would be playing for his third coach in as many season, and he seemed to back the old one. In addition, the Cardinals are unlikely to be good next season, though the likely pass-heavy attack that Kliff Kingsbury is expected to bring in could make the wide receiver happy.

Larry Fitzgerald defends ‘close friend’ Ndamukong Suh over eye poke

Ndamukong Suh has been guilty of committing numerous dirty plays throughout his NFL career, but future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald insists what Suh did to him on Sunday was not another example of that.

A video clip that has been circulating from the Los Angeles Rams’ win over the Arizona Cardinals shows Suh putting his hand in Fitzgerald’s facemask and appearing to poke him in the eye. Football fans were outraged that Suh would do something like that to one of the most respected players in NFL history.

If Suh really was trying to gouge out Fitzgerald’s eye, it was somewhat bizarre that the star receiver did not have a more angry reaction. On Wednesday, Fitzgerald explained that he is close friends with Suh and the two were just horsing around.

Fitzgerald has no reason to lie, so that should save the NFL’s disciplinary department some trouble. While Suh has deserved to be punished for some of the cheap shots he has thrown in the past, the latest incident was obviously taken out of context.

Watch: Larry Fitzgerald gives reporter Pam Oliver smelling salt

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Larry Fitzgerald tried to give FOX sideline reporter Pam Oliver a jolt on Sunday.

Oliver was on the sideline after delivering a report before the start of the second half between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams. Fitzgerald leaned over and stuck some smelling salt under her nose. Oliver had a strong negative reaction to it.

Fitzgerald was just trying to do his part to help wake up a teammate.

Larry Fitzgerald says Cardinals players all want head coach Steve Wilks back

Larry Fitzgerald

There has been a lot of talk about the Arizona Cardinals firing head coach Steve Wilks after just one season with the team, and veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald says that would not be a popular decision in the locker room.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network asked Fitzgerald over the weekend if he believes Wilks should return in 2019 despite Arizona’s 3-11 record, and Fitzgerald gave a very straightforward endorsement.

“We all would want him back,” he said.

The Cardinals have already fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy this season, and many believe Wilks — a former defensive coordinator — is not the right coach to help develop first-round pick Josh Rosen. Despite that, Rapoport reports that team owner Michael Bidwill has made “no firm decision” and could retain Wilks with the expectation that he make significant changes to his staff.

According to Fitzgerald, Wilks has not lost the locker room and would be welcomed back in 2019.

“I love Wilks,” the 35-year-old said. “Great dude. We all play hard for him. That’s the team — not me alone — speaking on it.”

Fitzgerald, meanwhile, has not said for certain whether he will play in 2019. With the possibility of Fitzgerald retiring and the Cardinals considering some big changes other than just their head coach, there will be plenty of storylines to watch in Arizona this winter.

Larry Fitzgerald will return to Cardinals in 2018

Larry Fitzgerald

The Arizona Cardinals will have a much different look in 2018 without former head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer, but arguably the best player in franchise history is returning for a 15th season.

On Thursday, the Cardinals announced that Larry Fitzgerald has informed them he is not planning to retire just yet.

Fitzgerald will be 35 before the start of next season, but he is coming off another extremely productive year in which he caught 109 passes for 1,156 yards and six touchdowns. He was also selected to his 11th Pro Bowl.

Last month, Fitzgerald indicated that whomever the Cardinals named as their next head coach would factor into his decision. Since he’s returning, that is a pretty good sign that he agrees with the team’s hiring of Steve Wilks.