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Larry Fitzgerald wants no part of being the GM

Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald gets mauled by the  Chicago Bears defense in the first half during their NFL football game in Phoenix Reuters

There might not be a player in the league whose talented is wasted by his surroundings to the degree of Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

But he knows his job is to catch passes, not to hire or fire or make personnel decisions.

I keep everything in perspective,” Fitzgerald said, via Darren Urban of the team’s official website. “At the end of the day, I’m living a dream. I have an NFL jersey on, an Arizona Cardinals jersey, only 1500 men around the world that can say they are playing in this league. That’s an exclusive group.

“It doesn’t feel good to fall short of your goals but we still have one more game against a really good opponent. It’ll be a test of our resolve.”

When he was asked specifically about the revolving door at quarterback, and whether he wanted to see Kevin Kolb return, he chose to stay in his lane.

“You’re asking me questions above my pay grade,” Fitzgerald said. “I saw [president] Michael Bidwill, I saw [VP of player personnel] Steve Keim, I saw [general manager] Rod Graves, those guys might have some answers for you. Those are the decision-makers. I’m just a number.”

“I don’t like to play the GM game. That’s not my role.”

After one more week of a 5-10 season that included nine straight losses, there might be someone new in that role, and many others. And when or if that happens, those people will need to make it a priority to keep Fitzgerald from being such a wasted resource.

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47 Responses to “Larry Fitzgerald wants no part of being the GM”
  1. dlions18 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:43 PM

    Fitzgerald is such a class act. Anti-Diva Wide Receiver.

  2. niners816 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:43 PM

    As a Niners fans I’ve always liked Fitz. He plays the game the way it should be played. Just a shame he’s rotting his career away in Arizona.

  3. dionoil says: Dec 28, 2012 12:44 PM

    Smart answer to a stupid question.

  4. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 28, 2012 12:44 PM

    The Cardinals should either go all in to find a decent QB for Fitz while he still has some quality years left, or move him for top quality value (again, while he still has premium value left).

    This current approach of paying Fitzgerald enormous bank while having the 3 stooges at QB while having – is like forking out huge coin for a Lamborghini Countach only to hand the keys to Lindsay Lohan to drive as she’s heading out of a nightclub.

  5. kane337 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:46 PM

    Larry is a smooth cat. Always says the right things.

  6. thefox61 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:47 PM

    Beat the 9er’s.
    Go Cards!

  7. lordfletcher says: Dec 28, 2012 12:49 PM

    Right there is a guy who gets it. He is a professional at a position that cranks out cry babies.

    He is turning 30 next year and will be hard to trade because AZ will want the world for him… but if… “IF” … AZ would take Percy straight up for Fitz (which is a fair deal) … I say make it happen, bring Jr. back home to MN!

  8. tvguy22 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:50 PM

    I would take him on my team any time. Class act.

  9. stillworker says: Dec 28, 2012 12:56 PM

    ‘Class acts’ don’t slap their women around.

  10. rhusby28 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:57 PM

    Larry is the opposite of what the Vikings have in Harvin; had in Moss. Must be great to not have drama with your WR cor.

  11. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 28, 2012 1:00 PM

    Would have loved to see Manning go to Arizona last winter. But he wanted to be with a contender, so you can’t blame him.

    You can’t blame athletes when they are late in their career, and they want one or two last chances at a ring. They have worked hard over their careers to get there. But Fitz is one guy who won’t say a word. Won’t act upset, won’t be a diva. He will just go to work everyday, happy, and enjoying it. He will work as hard or harder than everyone there, and not point fingers at anyone.

    Guys like him deserve that chance! You just hope he gets it in Arizona. It’s nice when you can see a guys dedication to one team their whole career.. Marino, Elway, Aikman.. Sometimes surrounded with great players, and sometimes just didn’t have enough there, but they were always dedicated to their team.

  12. gochargersgo says: Dec 28, 2012 1:02 PM

    Gotta love how this guy never takes the bait or creates a distraction.

  13. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Dec 28, 2012 1:03 PM

    He lobbied very hard for the Kolb trade so I guess he has decided he does not have what it takes to be GM. That said he is great and should have got out of there when he had the chanch.

  14. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 28, 2012 1:03 PM

    If you were to start an “All Wasted Talent League” of current players, here’s three I can think of right off the bat:

    Larry Fitzgerald – WR
    Steven Jackson – RB
    Jason Hanson – PK

    Feel free to add your own to the list.

  15. fdugrad says: Dec 28, 2012 1:06 PM

    It is difficult not to admire and respect the way Mr. F. carries himself. He thinks and considers the ramifications of his answer PRIOR to replying to posed questions. He is clearly intelligent, thoughtful and poised, even in the face of an impossible situation. Think of other WRs and their possible retorts to similar questions about like-situations. I cringe just IMAGINING Chad and TO handling LF’s lot in life! Best wishes Mr. F.!

  16. psilenttype says: Dec 28, 2012 1:14 PM

    But this coming from the guy who wanted Kolb in Arizona while he was still in Philly! I guess he already tried GM b4 and it backfired…

  17. surferbum01 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:23 PM

    We’ll trade you A. Smith+2nd rounder for Fitzy…..ehhhh…..come on……what’s it gonna take to get you into this trade?!!

    Sincerely,

    #49ers

  18. 2ruefan says: Dec 28, 2012 1:26 PM

    rhusby28 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:57 PM

    Larry is the opposite of what the Vikings have in Harvin; had in Moss. Must be great to not have drama with your WR cor.

    ************************************************

    TRUE ENOUGH… but I’ll take the Vikings current state of affairs, young players, coach and direction over the sinking Cards at this point any day….

  19. nycheesehead420 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:27 PM

    Total class act…guy is a beast.

  20. goldrush36 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:30 PM

    Coming from a niner fan you are an absolute fool to believe AZ is not a contender minus the QB. Had Manning gone there it would be a very hot 3 team race right now. Frankly I think if they had a legit QB they are a better team than Seattle. Seattle got a few breaks and has a big home field advantage. Give the cards a couple linemen and even Alex Smith and they will be a 10-11 win team. Its also a lot easier to like their fans. They at least see things for what they truly are. Cough fail mary, cough

  21. gripless says: Dec 28, 2012 1:35 PM

    Percy Harvin and a #3 for Fitz!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. purpwalk says: Dec 28, 2012 1:36 PM

    smart

  23. mkovarik says: Dec 28, 2012 1:41 PM

    People are giving this guy way too much credit!! He pretty much forced the Cards to sign Kolb before he would re-sign, he def had a say in them picking up floyd with the first pick when they really needed a o-lineman and when things don’t go his way his daddy picks his fights for him so he himself doesn’t look like the bad guy.

    Fitz is still one of the best in the league but you can’t say he hasn’t shaped this team somewhat in the time that Warner has left.

  24. killface4prez says: Dec 28, 2012 1:42 PM

    I’m pre-programmed to hate WR’s. Hate is the default setting. I’m trying to find a way to hate Fitz, and… gah, I just can’t do it.

  25. vikesfansteve says: Dec 28, 2012 1:45 PM

    Yeah, rotting away where they were 1 Steelers drive away from winning the Super Bowl. Shut up Niners fan. Every year a team comes from nowhere to greatness. Just look at the 49ers last year. All the Cardinals need is a healthy QB.

  26. warpd says: Dec 28, 2012 1:49 PM

    “This current approach of paying Fitzgerald enormous bank while having the 3 stooges at QB while having – is like forking out huge coin for a Lamborghini Countach only to hand the keys to Lindsay Lohan to drive as she’s heading out of a nightclub.”

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    I understand your point, but c’mon man, the last year of production for the Lamborghini Countach was 1990. Please stop buying stacks of Car and Driver’s at garage sales and put away the Cannonball Run VHS tape.

  27. surferbum01 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:52 PM

    @warpd……that was great! absolutely brilliant!

  28. jtylert says: Dec 28, 2012 1:57 PM

    The Cards are a ways away from being a legit contender. Their defense can be SICK and will be devastating when it gets consistent. Their O-Line is miserable. You could throw Peyton Manning back there, but all you’d give him is a career ending neck injury. They can’t protect the passer and they can’t shove people around enough to start a running game.

    If their defense can hold people to 6 points per game, then I think they might be able to squeeze out a winning record.

    All that to say… God bless Fitz. I sincerely wish him the absolute best in his career.

  29. surferbum01 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:00 PM

    @vikesfansteve—-while reminiscing down someone else’s memory lane you did forget to somehow mention Fran Tarkenton and how great Minnesota has been in ANY game that matters in the playoffs……or super bowl. Oh…that’s right…..that memory lane is still under construction. Harvin for Fitzy is trading Uncle Eddie for Thomas Crown.

  30. kappy32 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:03 PM

    MIKE VICK, baby!!! By week 6 he’ll be out with an injury & the whole Kolb / Skelton / Lindley will reincarnate itself.

  31. slammincamnewton says: Dec 28, 2012 2:03 PM

    Seriously, just come to Charlotte.

  32. sixjak says: Dec 28, 2012 2:25 PM

    Fitz=total package. Wish he were playing opposite of Crabtree.

    Signed,

    9erfan

  33. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:33 PM

    we’ll trade you alex smith for larry fitzgerald

  34. niners816 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:48 PM

    @vikesfansteve
    Coming from a Vikings fan, whose team also has a stud rotting away in Minnesota, your comments are invalid. Just shh, girl.

  35. champs794 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:55 PM

    Fitz says the right things, but actions speak louder than words:

    * Get Kolb signed
    * Sign an EIGHT YEAR deal.

    He is held captive in a prison of his own design.

  36. pickney1 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:13 PM

    As much that Fitz says he doesnt want to be the official Gm, he has played a part in the product the Cardinals put out on the field:

    1)He chose to stay there for the money knowing the talent is nowhere near the level to make a consistent playoff run.

    2) He lobbied hard for Kelvin Kolb, which ended up with Kolb get paid to be a backup basically

    3)The money spent between his two decisions there could have been allocated to fix their offensive line (their biggest problem) along with acquiring a serviceable quarterback.

  37. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 28, 2012 3:34 PM

    niners816 says:Dec 28, 2012 2:48 PM

    @vikesfansteve
    Coming from a Vikings fan, whose team also has a stud rotting away in Minnesota, your comments are invalid. Just shh, girl.
    ————————————————————–

    LOL, this coming from a 9r’s fan? Are you forgetting your team got its butt handed to it by the team in minnesota?

    I think your also forgetting that your team is as hot and cold as ours is..

    Just remember, at this point, there’s 3 teams that have a way better chance than yours in the NFC to advance to the superbowl.. Packers, Seahawks, and Falcons… Your teams chances are about as good as the Vikings. Only way your teams chances are any better at all, is because your IN the playoffs already.

  38. jebdamone says: Dec 28, 2012 3:36 PM

    “You’re asking me questions above my pay grade,” Fitzgerald said
    ————————————————–

    based on your salary, i think you actually mean “below” your pay grade. pretty sure you make more than the VP and GM.
    …not saying you don’t deserve it.

  39. jebdamone says: Dec 28, 2012 3:38 PM

    I would gladly give up harvin, a third and ponder for fitz.

  40. waybright25 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:42 PM

    He doesn’t wanna play the GM game anymore because his first draft pick (michael Floyd) has been a bust.

  41. jebdamone says: Dec 28, 2012 3:47 PM

    niners816 says:
    Dec 28, 2012 2:48 PM
    @vikesfansteve
    Coming from a Vikings fan, whose team also has a stud rotting away in Minnesota, your comments are invalid. Just shh, girl.
    ————————————————–
    let me preface this by saying i lived in the bay area for 10 years and the niners are my second favorite team.

    1) pretty sure the purple laid the wood on you pretty nicely this year.
    2) we are 9-6 looking for the playoffs, cards are 5-10 having lost what, nine of their last 10?
    3) we are a quality QB and WR away from being pretty nasty. our defense is very good and our oline has been one of the best in football.
    4) there is no reason to be sexist/misogynistic

  42. kingcrusher says: Dec 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    Personally I would love to see them get Alex Smith. He’s the kind of low-turnover, safe QB that Larry could mentor a bit and together they could turn that ship around. I’d love to see it happen!

  43. dmv21 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:44 PM

    Loved Larry Fitzgerald since PITT first ballot H.O.F Arizona please don’t waste the few good years he has left, this guy made Tyler Palko look good how is possible that you all have 3 QB’s worst than him? You had a shot at Dalton, Wilson, Cousins and you blew them all and there’s not a QB worth drafting coming up! Please trade him wherever he wants to go the man has paid his dues quietly and professionally while sacrificing his all-time great status which I truly believe he is.

    Sincerely,
    a Redskins fan

    We’re waiting on you Larry

  44. cags777 says: Dec 28, 2012 6:52 PM

    Classy and respectful response from Fitzgerald. I really wish the Vikings could bring him back. The problem, though, is that we’d have to give up too much and it’s something Rick Spielman won’t do.

  45. dccowboyfan says: Dec 28, 2012 9:17 PM

    Wow what a concept. A first class receiver, and first class team mate. If they pay attention, Maybe someday all of the millionaire crybabies playing this game will think before they throw someone under the bus, when baited by the media with questions like this. He knows hes great on a chitty team! Larry you are the Man!

  46. evansvc says: Dec 29, 2012 11:16 AM

    Take a hard look at Vince Young,… I think Vince can help this team… He can still play at a HIGH level,…. His NFL won/loss record right now is 31-19 as a starting quarterback… He has playoff experience … He’s a 2 time Pro-Bowler… He was voted 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year….. In 2010, Vince Young had a quarterback rating of 98.6 …………………………
    The NFL is all about “WINS and LOSSES”…. and Vince Young can WIN………… ANY quarterback in the NFL with that kind of record would easily be given, chance after chance to play on an N.F.L team ……………. Bring in Vince Young “NOW”…Evaluate him, if he’s good enough, sign him to a 1 or 2 year deal… Next year you would have a good quarterback ready to step in and lead this team if need be….

  47. austinjdd says: Dec 30, 2012 2:54 PM

    He’s a class act no doubt, but I can’t help but to remember around draft time when he was asking the team to draft Michael Floyd. I got into a debate about it with my friend, my argument being the pick should be spent on an offensive lineman so Kolb or Skeleton had time to throw the ball to him. Seems he’s wisened up

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