Larry Fitzgerald will go the Tim Duncan route when he decides to retire

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Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t know when he will retire, but he knows that it will be a low-key moment when he does.

Fitzgerald said Thursday that he won’t go on an extended retirement tour full of accolades, gifts and ceremonies like the ones we’ve seen from Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter and David Ortiz in recent years. Fitzgerald said that he’s taking his cue from another recently retired star athlete who put out a simple press release announcing he was done with basketball.

“It’s not about me,” Fitzgerald said, via the team’s website. “This is a team game. I am one of 1,600 [NFL players]. I’ve had a great time doing it, but I will never say, ‘I’m about to do this’ and try and get some adulation. That’s not how I’m wired. Tim Duncan is more my speed.”

Should Sunday wind up being his last game, he could go out as the league’s leading pass-catcher this season. Fitzgerald shrugged off any extra congratulations for that achievement by noting that he would “put an asterisk” next to it because current leader Antonio Brown, who has 106 catches to 102 for Fitzgerald, is expected to sit out in Week 17.

12 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald will go the Tim Duncan route when he decides to retire

  1. I’m a Seahawks fan who has seen him slice and dice us in division battles, but I absolutely love Fitz. All class, all the time!!

  2. Great player! Shame he didn’t play with GB and had Aaron Rodgers throwing to him – Imagine his stats. He’s spent his entire career without a great QB, and yet amassed great stats.

  3. I can’t stand Palmer and want Fitz to go somewhere else for a shot at a ring. He’s got one or two more productive seasons. Got to a team with a great QB, where you can be a 3rd option and WIN.

    Man this guy is pure class al the way. Wish him the best whatever he does.

  4. One the the greatest of all time. Absolutely the greatest Cardinal of all time–total team player, total class profession and shameful his talents have been wasted. As a Cards fan for 20+ years, I would love to see him with a team like the Seahawks where his talents and sense of competition would be utilized to it’s fullest and he could end his career with a happy ending.
    The biggest disappointment for most Cards fans this year was that after an over hyped season, Fitz may be retiring without a SB ring.
    The league needs more players like Larry Fitzgerald, respected by his peers, coaches, and loved by fans, a guy that kids want to grow up to be.

  5. No disrespect to Fitz who is a great receiver, but he is not in the same category of player as Bryant, Ortiz, Jeter or even Duncan.

    He was a fantastic football player, but no one is putting him in the discussion of top 10 or even 20 of all time.

  6. He is one of the few NFL players where you are a fan of a different team but still a fan of Fitzgerald.
    And I’m one of those.
    As a Packers fan, I will never understand or get over why he was left wide open when the playoff went into OT.
    He burned us on that mistake and rightly so.

  7. billybone says:

    I’m a Seahawks fan who has seen him slice and dice us in division battles, but I absolutely love Fitz. All class, all the time!!
    ——————————
    He hasn’t made a play against the Seahawks since they drafted Sherman.

  8. The Cards are only a few pieces away from contending for a championship, primarily need a CB2 and improved special teams. FGs and CB2 cost them at a minimum 4 games this season. Their offense is fine, they just put up 34 points against the Seahawks, with more than half of the O-line injured and a rookie at center.

  9. He was a fantastic football player, but no one is putting him in the discussion of top 10 or even 20 of all time.

    I would likely put him on a list of top 10 WRs, certainly top 20. I see no problem with him being mentioned in that company.

    As has been stated before, imagine if he had decent QBs throwing to him his whole career… he probably would have been a top 5 WR and we wouldn’t even be having this debate.

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