Fitzgerald played entire game, claims he doesn't know why

In the recently-completed weekend of not trying, one key player for a team that was playing for nothing played a lot longer than he should have played on Sunday against the Packers.

Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who escaped a serious knee injury three weeks ago against the 49ers, was in the game against the Packers long after Kurt Warner, Adrian Wilson, Karlos Dansby, and Darnell Dockett were gone.

According to Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic, who called the development “inexcusable,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said that Fitzgerald kept playing because he wanted to score a touchdown.  (He eventually did.)

Fitzgerald offered up a different explanation.

“Coach didn’t ask me to come out of the game,” Fitzgerald said, per Bickley.  “That’s my job, to play ball until he tells me to come out.”

Our guess?  This case provides another glimpse behind the facade that is Fitzgerald’s carefully-crafted public image.  He strives to say all the right things, but remains not much different than the receivers who don’t mind being perceived as self-centered.  Or who can’t hide it.

25 responses to “Fitzgerald played entire game, claims he doesn't know why

  1. Notice all the bickering on the other sideline. We’ll see come Sunday, but think McCarthy got the best of Whisenhunt yesterday in more ways than one.

  2. “Our guess? This case provides another glimpse behind the facade that is Fitzgerald’s carefully-crafted public image. He strives to say all the right things, but remains not much different than the receivers who don’t mind being perceived as self-centered. Or who can’t hide it.”
    I am not ready to give up on his character just yet. I think he is a stand up guy and probably just wanted to play football. MY guess, it was likely a communication issue and he just wanted to keep playing because that is what good WR’s do.

  3. Did Anquan Boldin or other major receiver get out? If he did and Fitz didn’t, then it’s telling…

  4. wtf your demonizing a man for saying the right things as you pretend that he doesn’t mean to say that
    what happened to innocent before proven guilty?
    how many times did you take the bar? Or is WV’s bar simply identifying what men in black robes do?

  5. Fitz is the best receiver in the nfl, and has had his #’s take a hit this year with the ball being spread around and leinart getting more time than last year. It was only fair that he get at least a TD because his yards were so low.

  6. “Coach didn’t ask me to come out of the game,” Fitzgerald said, per Bickley. “That’s my job, to play ball until he tells me to come out.”
    Where in that quote does it back up your title?
    “Fitzgerald played entire game, claims he doesn’t know why”
    Good ole Florio, bashing the Cards and using fairies and unicorns as his backup…

  7. Well, Mike, next time you are transcribing Larry Fitzgerald’s thoughts and intentions, like when he celebrates with Beanie Wells or Anquan Boldin on their touchdowns (“see? He’s not genuine!”) or giving/sharing his record 13th touchdown to/with Brian St. Pierre (“it’s just for show!”), why don’t you do something resourceful like figure out his workout or steal some of Big Red’s playbook?

  8. This is the main problem when a coach tries to rest his staters, he only has 45 players and it ends up some starters don’t get to come out and it creates problems. As if the coach is saying, Warner is important to the team but Fitz is not.
    The irony is that the Cardinals had more injuries try to rest players than did the Packers who played most of the game.

  9. Could it be that he was trying to reach contract incentives? I wondered that about the Colts much criticized handling of the Reggie Wayne-Dallas Clark 100 catch situation. Were they just giving these guys, as a reward of sorts, a chance to reach contract incentive numbers?

  10. Ah, the Psychology Today column by Mike Florio.
    Maybe Larry is taking out his internal frustrations with his childhood on himself, in a self-destructive way by over-eating and not being truthful with himself.
    He’s got to be truthful with himself first, like Keith Olbermann is about women.

  11. Maybe his brother should have twitted for coach to throw him more balls and not some many dinks and dunks. Remember, or did every one forget that whole incident. Yeah, I’m pretty sure his brother twitted that it was Whis’s fault all of it.

  12. Mike, I assume you took this shot because he played for Pitt., right?
    If he had played for West Virginia you would probably point out how great he was for still playing in the game at the end and how he didn’t ask the coach to take him out.

  13. “Our guess? This case provides another glimpse behind the facade that is Fitzgerald’s carefully-crafted public image. He strives to say all the right things, but remains not much different than the receivers who don’t mind being perceived as self-centered. Or who can’t hide it.”
    I’m friends with a guy who played high school ball with Fitz and gets really angry at all the media slobbering over how “great a guy” he is. From what I understand the guy is the consumate, self centered, jerk. He learned form the best, Chris Carter, in MN.

  14. This sounds like an ESPN story.
    Come on Mike my man, there’s nothing to it. Fitz works VERY hard, that’s clear by what people say about him. I really don’t think you can try and make it sound like he’s being fake. Some guys get it, I really believe he does.
    Wheres the stories about how Favre vs GB can very well happen soon! Im going to the game and Im already jazzed up and it’s not even set yet!

  15. More Cardinals bashing from Florio.
    I can’t wait until Sunday when all those overweight green and yellow wearing douchebags who have lived in Arizona for the last 15 – 25 years get to leave the game dissappointed.
    You beat us at home in the two games that didn’t matter. We are going to win the one that does matter.

  16. Nice move florio. You know quite well (as do others on this site) that I am a cards fan.
    But there is nothing I need to add to what the overwhelming majority of other posters have already told you about this article.

  17. @ rev
    Keith Olbermann gets women? I would assume by the buttons on his jacket bursting last season during the pre-game for the superbowl, followed by his arrogance and ability to talk down to everyone to make them feel like less of a person would make him the least likely to get a woman’s interest.

  18. ” Gruden the Guru says: January 4, 2010 7:23 PM
    Your guess is worth less than nothing”
    But you keep coming back over and over and over…

  19. Why is it Lord Florio, that when a player, a coach, an official or an owner says one thing, you almost ALWAYS claim you can read between the lines and that you know what they really meant? You are not psychic, you cannot know what is going on in each individual’s head at all times.
    Sure, you might have hit the jackpot once or twice and have been right, but once or twice out of a couple hundred are pretty shitty odds!

  20. It is hard to respect this site when it waffles on the same issue.
    On the same page you have posts complaining about the Colts sitting starters, then this post complaining the starters were played.
    Now PFT just appears here to start controversy, or make mountains out of molehills. 🙄

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