Larry Fitzgerald
American football player, wide receiver
Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Darnell Fitzgerald, Jr. is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, and earned All-American honors. The Arizona Cardinals chose Fitzgerald with the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, and he has played his entire professional career for the team.
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Larry Fitzgerald has made up his mind on 2017 and will tell the world soon
Fox News - 23 days
The Cardinals receiver has been deciding whether to return for a 14th season or retire.
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30 Black Voters Display Their Pride On Election Day
Huffington Post - 4 months
On Tuesday, like their fellow patriots, black Americans are headed to the polls to show just how powerful their votes are, despite the hinderances they still face.  Sure, there are reports that early voting among black voters in key states were lagging, but social media users shared their civic pride by stunting with their “I Voted” stickers on Instagram and Twitter. Celebrities like Halle Berry, Aja Naomi King and Tracee Ellis Ross showed off their stickers and stressed the need to vote on Election Day, too. “If I can my ass up this early and vote. You can too. Let’s go family!!!” Ice Cube tweeted. Entertainment and culture director of Ebony Britni Danielle shared that she “did it for the ancestors.” And NFL player Larry Fitzgerald reminded his followers that “Every vote counts!!!”  Check out these 30 famous and everyday black voters who are showing off their voter pride this Election Day.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is ...
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Johnson powers Cards to much-needed win over 49ers
Yahoo News - 5 months
(The Sports Xchange) - David Johnson rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Drew Stanton threw two scoring passes to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald as the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 33-21 on Thursday. Stanton, who made his first start since Dec. 11, 2014 at St. Louis in place of the concussed Carson Palmer, completed 11 of 28 passes for 124 yards and two scores with no interceptions. The Cardinals (2-3) forced three turnovers and turned them into two touchdowns and a field goal.
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The Los Angeles Rams are looking forward to the return of cornerback E.J. Gaines
LATimes - 5 months
The Arizona Cardinals receiver corps is among the NFL’s deepest. Nine-time Pro Bowl selection Larry Fitzgerald leads a group that includes Michael Floyd and John and Jaron Brown, all of whom can make plays for quarterback Carson Palmer. Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines recognizes the multi-tiered threat. ...
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Fantasy Football: Players to Start in Week 3
NYTimes - 5 months
Ryan Tannehill, Christine Michael and Larry Fitzgerald are among the players set up to perform well in Week 3.
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2016 NFL Contenders And Pretenders
Huffington Post - 6 months
The 2016 NFL season has yet to kick off, which means it’s the perfect time to decide which preseason darlings are for real, and which are simply hype trains heading nowhere. There’s buzz around Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, and chatter regarding a much healthier Green Bay offense. And can we really trust Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton during crunch time, considering their suspect playoff history?  Let the fun begin.  "This is the biggest of the bold!" @Schultz_Report on predicting @RGIII being the comeback player of the year https://t.co/6MRvWZFhHp — GMFB (@gmfb) August 23, 2016 To read my five predictions for this season, click here. To read about 20 breakout stars, click here. New England Patriots ― Contenders  Brady will miss four games, but the Patriots appear to be in good hands with third-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who will assume control of the offense in Brady’s absenc ...
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Packers hold a whine-and-cheesed-off party
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews believes the NFL should go to college overtime rules. I believe the Packers should cover Larry Fitzgerald. Matthews offered his idea for a rule change after Fitzgerald and the Cardinals torched the Packers defense in an overtime that required just two plays, and...
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After Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary forces OT for Packers, Larry Fitzgerald gives Arizona win
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Aaron Rodgers rolled to the left and avoided a tackler, heaving the ball high into the desert air before he was hit. Two Arizona Cardinals defensive backs were waiting in the end zone, but Jeff Janis squeezed between them to pull it down. Another "Hail Mary" completed. This one didn't come with...
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After Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary forces OT for Packers, Larry Fitzgerald gives Arizona win
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Aaron Rodgers rolled to the left and avoided a tackler, heaving the ball high into the desert air before he was hit. Two Arizona Cardinals defensive backs were waiting in the end zone, but Jeff Janis squeezed between them to pull it down. Another "Hail Mary" completed. This one didn't come with...
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After Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary forces OT for Packers, Larry Fitzgerald gives Arizona win
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Aaron Rodgers rolled to the left and avoided a tackler, heaving the ball high into the desert air before he was hit. Two Arizona Cardinals defensive backs were waiting in the end zone, but Jeff Janis squeezed between them to pull it down. Another "Hail Mary" completed. This one didn't come with...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Larry Fitzgerald
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 32
    In 2016, Fitzgerald completed his undergraduate degree with the University of Phoenix, fullfilling a promise that he made to his mother to finish his education.
    More Details Hide Details Since graduation has become a paid spokesperson for the University of Phoenix. Fitzgerald has 2 sons, the oldest named Devin. He had an order of protection filed against him by the mother of his child in October 2008 after an altercation between the two. Fitzgerald was featured on the cover of the EA Sports video game NCAA Football 2005. He was also one of two players (along with Troy Polamalu) featured on the cover of Madden NFL 10, making them the first two players to be featured on a Madden NFL cover together.
    On September 11, 2016, Fitzgerald reached his 100th career touchdown in the season opener against the Patriots.
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    On August 5, 2016, Fitzgerald signed a one-year, $11 million contract extension with the Cardinals.
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    On January 16, 2016, Fitzgerald helped his quarterback Carson Palmer record his first playoff win with 8 catches for 176 yards.
    More Details Hide Details Fitzgerald was the Cardinals' entire offense in overtime, with a 75-yard reception to open overtime, and a 5-yard touchdown reception from Palmer two plays later.
  • 2015
    Age 31
    For his accomplishments during the 2015 season, Fitzgerald was selected to the Pro Bowl for the ninth time.
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    For the 2015 season, Fitzgerald had 109 catches for 1,215 yards and 9 touchdowns.
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    On February 18, 2015, Fitzgerald was signed to a new multi-year contract worth at least $11 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.
    More Details Hide Details In week two against the Chicago Bears, Fitzgerald caught three touchdown passes, the first time he accomplished the feat during the regular season in his career.
  • 2014
    Age 30
    In 2014, Fitzgerald was selected as the 2014 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Male Recipient, which was created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize an influential male and female premiere athlete for their success in their sport and for being a positive role model who gives back to their communities.
    More Details Hide Details During the 2013 season, Fitzgerald was honored with the NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award. The award was established to honor a leader in the sports industry whose life and family have been touched by cancer, and who encourages cancer research, prevention and treatment through awareness and philanthropy. Following the 2012 football season, Fitzgerald was named the “Arizona Cardinals/Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year” and was one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. In August 2012, he was honored with the 14th annual Pro Football Weekly Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award for his community and charitable contributions. During the 2011, 2012 and 2014 offseasons, Fitzgerald joined other NFL players partaking in mission trips to Africa, India, Thailand and the Philippines to support economic development projects. He has worked with Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide hearing aids for children and adults in need in eight countries. Fitzgerald has also made five USO tours to visit soldiers overseas and has raised financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. military.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 27
    On August 20, 2011, Fitzgerald signed an 8-year $120 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals, tying him with Richard Seymour as the 5th highest paid player in the NFL.
    More Details Hide Details Fitzgerald would reward the Cardinals by having another stellar season, catching 80 passes for 1,411 yards and 8 touchdowns and setting a personal record of 17.6 yards per catch. Fitzgerald's accomplishments were recognized by an All-Pro second team selection as well as his 6th Pro Bowl selection.
  • 2010
    Age 26
    In 2010, Fitzgerald caught 90 passes for 1,137 yards and six touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details After the season he was named to his fifth Pro Bowl, and his fourth in a row.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    Despite having about 300 yards less than the year before, he set a personal record with 13 touchdowns in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He added two more touchdown catches in the Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers in a 51–45 win. However, the Cardinals were eliminated the next week, beaten 45–14 by the New Orleans Saints.
  • 2008
    Age 24
    During the NFC Championship for the 2008 NFL season, Fitzgerald tied an NFL record with three touchdown receptions in a playoff game.
    More Details Hide Details His three touchdown catches occurred in the first half; he became the first player in NFL history to accomplish that feat in a conference championship game. Fitzgerald also set a single postseason record with 546 receiving yards, 30 receptions, and 7 touchdown receptions, surpassing Jerry Rice's records of the 1988–89 NFL playoffs. He and the Cardinals represented the NFC in Super Bowl XLIII. During Super Bowl XLIII, Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes in the Cardinals 27–23 loss to the Steelers. Fitzgerald followed up this performance by catching two more touchdown passes in the 2009 Pro Bowl, earning him MVP honors. After the Pro Bowl was over it was revealed that Fitzgerald had been playing at least the whole postseason with a broken left thumb as well as torn cartilage in the same hand. It is speculated that Fitzgerald has had this injury since November 5, 2008, when he showed up on the injury report with an injured thumb. After his record-breaking postseason, capped by his Pro Bowl MVP award, many analysts, including NFL Network's Jamie Dukes, regarded Fitzgerald as one of the best receivers in the NFL.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    Following the 2007 season Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension with Arizona.
    More Details Hide Details While still under contract at the time, performance bonuses forced the team's hand into a massive extension. Fitzgerald's numbers earned him the nickname "Sticky Fingers" and "The Best Hands in the NFL" in local media.
    As part of his 2007 Pro Bowl season, he caught 100 receptions for 1,409 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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  • 2006
    Age 22
    In 2006, Fitzgerald was injured and missed part of the season but still produced 69 receptions for 946 yards and 6 touchdowns.
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  • 2005
    Age 21
    In 2005 he led the NFL with 103 receptions for 1,409 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named to his first Pro Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details Fitzgerald teamed with Anquan Boldin to create one of the most dangerous wide receiver tandems in the NFL. In 2005, they became only the third duo from the same team to each catch over 100 passes and also the third pair of teammates to top the 1,400-yard mark.
  • 2004
    Age 20
    On December 12, 2004, Fitzgerald became the youngest player at 21 years and 110 days, to record at least 2 touchdown receptions in a single game.
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    In 2004, Fitzgerald had 59 receptions for 780 yards and 8 touchdowns.
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    He was drafted third overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, whose then coach, Dennis Green, knew Fitzgerald from his time as a Vikings ball boy.
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    Although Fitzgerald had played at Pitt for only two years without redshirting, he petitioned the NFL to allow him to enter the 2004 NFL Draft, as he had left his high school, Academy of Holy Angels, during his senior year to attend Valley Forge Military Academy.
    More Details Hide Details The NFL granted an exception to allow Fitzgerald to enter the draft, as Fitzgerald had convinced the NFL that the time he spent at the Academy, combined with his time at Pitt, was the minimum three years removed from high school to make him eligible for the draft. Although former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett was suing the NFL at the time to overturn the rule (a case Clarett initially won, but it was later overturned on appeal), the NFL considered Fitzgerald's case separate from Clarett's. Fitzgerald left the University of Pittsburgh after a tremendous sophomore year in which he caught 92 passes for 1,672 yards and 22 touchdowns.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 19
    Fitzgerald also established the “Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund” in honor of his mother who died of breast cancer in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The organization offers support to causes that Fitzgerald’s mother held deep including educating urban youth about HIV/AIDS and breast cancer issues. He has served as an NFL spokesman for the league-wide breast cancer awareness initiative “A Crucial Catch” for three years and every October makes donations to breast cancer organizations based on his touchdowns and receptions during the month.
    Fitzgerald's mother, Carol, died of a brain hemorrhage while being treated for breast cancer in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Fitzgerald also has a younger brother, Marcus Fitzgerald, who was a wide receiver for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. Fitzgerald established the “Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund” to help kids and their families by funding positive activities for kids during the summer and throughout the year, supporting kids and families in crisis and supporting health-related organizations that work with families. One initiative the “First Down Fund” holds each summer are youth football camps in Arizona and Minnesota. In May 2014, Fitzgerald and Lenovo provided five schools in Minneapolis and four schools in Phoenix Lenovo tablets and equipment to enable the children to gain access to technology. The First Down Fund made a donation to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation to help refurbish a basketball court at Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Park. The court received new hoops, poles, backboards and benches. He also partnered with Riddell to provide new helmets to 1,000 kids in the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation football program.
    He was also a unanimous 2003 All-America selection and a runner-up for the prestigious Heisman Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in college football; Oklahoma's Jason White won that award by a relatively slim margin.
    More Details Hide Details In just 26 games with the Panthers, Fitzgerald caught 161 passes for 2,677 yards and set a new Pitt record with 34 receiving touchdowns. He was the first player in school history with back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and his 14 games with at least 100 yards receiving broke Antonio Bryant's previous all-time Panthers record of 13. Fitzgerald also holds an NCAA record with at least one touchdown catch in 18 straight games. On July 1, 2013, Fitzgerald's #1 jersey was retired by the University of Pittsburgh. Fitzgerald is the 9th Pitt player to receive this honor.
    After his sophomore season, Fitzgerald was recognized as the best player in the NCAA with the 2003 Walter Camp Award and the Touchdown Club of Columbus's Chic Harley Award, and as the best wide receiver in college football with the 2003 Biletnikoff Award and the Touchdown Club's Paul Warfield Award.
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  • 2002
    Age 18
    He was widely considered one of the best wide receivers in college football from 2002 to 2003.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Born
    Born on August 31, 1983.
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