Darius Slay: Larry Fitzgerald offers advice, help with fines to DBs during games

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Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has seen just about everything over the course of his NFL career and that’s left him in position to recognize what players are doing wrong on the field.

Lions cornerback Darius Slay, who will face Fitzgerald this weekend, said that the wideout isn’t shy about sharing his thoughts on what players can do to avoid making such mistakes in the future. Slay recounted a previous matchup that saw Fitzgerald beat Slay for a catch and then

“Like right in the middle of the game,” Slay said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “He caught it and got up like, ‘Hey Slay, this is what you did.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, goodness.’ … I hope he don’t remember and I hope I don’t refresh his mind remembering that. But just in case I might try to do something a little different.”

That’s not the only thing that Fitzgerald has shared with Slay and other defensive backs. Slay said that Fitzgerald has told opposing defensive backs to hit him high rather than in the knees and that he will help pay their fines if they get penalized by the league for a hit to the head.

The desire to avoid a knee injury that could keep you out for an entire season rather than a concussion that might keep you out a couple of weeks is not unique to Fitzgerald, although this is the first time we’ve heard them express that desire in such a particular way.

16 responses to “Darius Slay: Larry Fitzgerald offers advice, help with fines to DBs during games

  1. If you don’t like Larry Fitzgerald, you might as well check out of the human race. Incredible career and a total class act the entire time. We rarely see that in athletes of his caliber these days.

  2. Just another legendary story about the first ballot HOF’er and best WR in the NFC West. He’s Jerry Rice 2.0, without the great QBs (except Warner).

  3. Mitchell J. Comstein says:
    September 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm
    Just another legendary story about the first ballot HOF’er and best WR in the NFC West. He’s Jerry Rice 2.0, without the great QBs (except Warner).
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    Ya, its not like Palmer hasn’t helped revive his car or nothing since he arrived in AZ back in 2013, helping Fitz to post back to back 100+ reception season’s…. Palmer is one of the most winningest QBs in the league since arriving in AZ, and with 61TDs to 24INTs for 8,904 passing yards with a 96.1 passer rating on AVG over the last 2 seasons he is one of the leaders in each categories over the last 2 years.

  4. People just don’t get it…..

    Is Arians tough on his players ???

    Hell yes he is…..and….

    They LOVE him for it.

    It’s the sensitive keyboard QBs who can’t handle it.

  5. Palmer was really good… In Cinci! I think you’ve got it mixed up there Shooter. Those numbers aren’t great and if he didn’t have Larry (one of the best players ever to play) they would be far less impressive. It doesn’t surprise me to hear this story about Fitz. If he wants De Smith’s job when he retires from playing, it is his. The difference between Larry and Jerry is that Jerry only cared about himself. He didn’t even give pointers to teammates.

  6. He’s Jerry Rice 2.0, without the great QBs (except Warner).
    Or the stick’em on his gloves.

    Unless something has changed one player can’t pay another’s fine.
    You know, drop a check into the mail and send it to the guy’s house to reimburse him for the fine…

  7. Palmer has been really good, but he is not “great” like Joe Montana or Steve Young. I think I can speak for all Cards fans when I say I would gladly trade Carson in his prime for a Steve Young or Joe Montana in their primes.

    Also, my point was also meant to highlight that Larry has played a significant portion of his career with bad QBs like Max Hall and Kevin Kolb.

  8. waynefontesismyfather says:

    September 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    He’s Jerry Rice 2.0, without the great QBs (except Warner).
    Or the stick’em on his gloves.
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    Or any SB rings.

  9. “Or any SB rings.”

    He’s still better than any skill player Seattle has ever had take the field.

    And unlike Richard Sherman or Frank Clark or Jerramy Stevens or fantrolls, Fitzgerald actually carries himself with class.

  10. Unfortunately for Larry, I think the window is almost closed. Seattle is going to be tough this year and the Statue only 1-3 in playoff games. Their schedule though plays in their favor, so a wild card is very much a possibility. Good luck.

  11. I’m a lifelong Cards fan and I love Fitz but for that one ignorant commenter above, he in no way speaks for the majority of players on this issue. Let them decide for themselves if they’re willing to risk concussions or a leg injury. Let’s not put everybody under one blanket a half decade after the science was decided on the effect of repeated head injuries.

    Hopefully defenders respect Fitz’ wishes but if they err on the side of the rules nobody can blame them. It’s safer for both Fitz and the defender.

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