Larry Fitzgerald is sixth player with 15,000 receiving yards

AP

The Cardinals lost on Thursday night, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort from wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 113 yards, including a 17-yarder with just over nine minutes to play that continued to cement his legacy as one of the most productive receivers to ever play the game. Fitzgerald’s catch pushed him over 15,000 receiving yards for his career, making him the sixth player to ever reach that milestone.

He’s also the second-youngest behind Jerry Rice and will likely be climbing several more rungs on the all-time receiving yards list before the year is out. Fitzgerald now has 15,066 receiving yards, leaving him 61 behind Tony Gonzalez, 142 behind Isaac Bruce and 226 behind Randy Moss.

Terrell Owens is a little less than 900 yards ahead of Fitzgerald, so another season will likely be necessary for Fitzgerald to reach No. 2 all-time and Thursday’s outing did little to suggest that he won’t be up to the task.

24 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald is sixth player with 15,000 receiving yards

  1. Well earned and deserved. Fitz has always been a Pros pro. Putting in the work with an always unselfish attitude. Cant find a better WR role model, and first ballot Hall of Famer.

  2. Best draft pick in the history of the Cardinals. Larry Fitz came into the league as a polished professional, and has continued to improve each year since. Really does not get the recognition he deserves.

  3. JRice = 22,895 in 20 seasons = 1,144/yr
    FitzG = 15,000 in 13.5 seasons = 1,111/yr

    At that rate he’d pass Jerry Rice in just over 7 seasons – if he plays til 41. Not bad considering he didn’t have Montana and Young throwing him the ball. I doubt he’ll play that long though, but who knows – FA next year, what if someone like Belichick phoned him next Spring?

  4. The man found what he was supposed to do in life, did it to the best of his ability, and did it with humility and class.

    One of my favorites.

    Hat tip.

  5. As a fan of a different team, he is a guy I have long respected and I love the way he plays the game. I can’t even think of a bad thing to say about him.

    Great player. Great guy.

  6. Larry Fitzgerald is class act.

    A.J. Green (the “soft” guy who pick up jalen ramsey and slammed him to the ground TWICE. ramsey was manhandled, dominated, beaten, and didn’t even have the ability to defend himself or go on the offensive due to A.J. Green’s total domination) has similar stats.

    Larry Fitzgerald CAREER Statistics:

    71.4 yards per game – 5.6 receptions per game
    0.5 td per game
    12.7 yards per catch
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    A.J. Green CAREER Statistics:

    82.1 yards per game – 5.5 receptions per game
    0.6 td per game
    14.8 yards per catch

  7. That’s incredible… I remember when Art Monk broke 10,000 yards and that seemed like a Hank Aaron-level-of-durability achievement… a living legend of sorts. He ended up breaking 12,000.

    So 15,000… yeesh!

  8. I would love for him to pass Rice some day – no matter how unlikely it is. Smug old Jerry likes to sit on his records and claim he is the GOAT. I don’t see why Rice gets more credit for his records than Emmitt Smith does for his. Nobody calls Smith the GOAT – and he took a lot more hits than Rice ever did to get his records. They both played on great teams. Fitzgerald has had a lot of games with Stanton, Skelton, Kolb, Leinart (shudders), and McCown. Rice played with Montana, Young, and Gannon. Nobody talks about Jerry Rice anymore except for Jerry Rice. Go get em Larry.

  9. Not putting the great Jerry Rice down by any stretch but he played with Montana and Young. Fitzgerald played part of his career without a professional QB on his team.

  10. @angrydave3 – apparently you never saw Rice play. And I don’t think anyone has ever called him “smug”. He truly is the GOAT. But Larry is also an incredible receiver and lock for first ballot entry into the HOF. He’s played on some terrible offenses with some sketchy QBs and has still hammered out an incredible career. And he’s got to be the one of the classiest players to ever lace ’em up.

  11. @6250claimer you are right, I am legally blind and I never saw Rice play actually. I am just going off of what a Cowboys fan told me on a public transit in 2004. I am wrong for calling him smug. I am sorry for triggering your feelers. My apologies to the Rice family as well – he is the GOAT.

  12. Yes we should clearly blame Jerry for playing with the QB’s he had. There is free agency. Larry could have left if he wanted to leave. Guys a class act. But I won’t blame Jerry for playing with the best.

  13. streetyson says:
    November 10, 2017 at 9:36 am
    JRice = 22,895 in 20 seasons = 1,144/yr
    FitzG = 15,000 in 13.5 seasons = 1,111/yr

    At that rate he’d pass Jerry Rice in just over 7 seasons – if he plays til 41. Not bad considering he didn’t have Montana and Young throwing him the ball. I doubt he’ll play that long though, but who knows – FA next year, what if someone like Belichick phoned him next Spring?

    ————
    Larry also didn’t cheat and use Stickem every game after his rookie season like Rice did

  14. I lived in Washington DC during the Art Monk years and never thought I would see a player as contrite and genuine as him. Moved out to AZ in 2003 and have followed Larry’s career as a season ticket holder also . This guy is a complete class act and I am proud that both my kids a boy 7 and girl 10 wear their #11 with pride. He is a man of the Phoenix community and the community adores all his work outside the football field. This is a once in generation player and person who represents all that is good with football and how to conduct yourself. Glad that he is a role model for my kids and myself. Larry Fitz=Class

  15. yes, a fine player, a gentleman, great game ambassador….HOF creds, but, as with most receivers….blah, plays during an era of sticky gloves, free to roam over the field fairly open after 5 yards…etc, etc…just like the qb’s of this era…all the rules are designed to make them look good….

    and cheater rice with the sticky gloves and admitting he used spray on stickum? blah, he should be banned from the hall….

    sign me grumpy old man who watched the greats before the rules made it easy…

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