Larry Fitzgerald apologizes for spiking football

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It was easy to interpret Larry Fitzgerald spiking the football as an emotional release, after his two-point conversion helped the Cardinals win a much-needed game.

But the elder wide receiver joked that that the reason for his rare outburst was more personal, because his son Devin decided to go to the state fair yesterday rather than come see his father’s team play the 49ers.

I was carrying that around all day,” Fitzgerald said of his son’s snub, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “So when I get in there, I kind of let it out. So all the kids that were watching, I’m sorry, I set a bad example today.”

The good news is, games between teams 1-6 rarely get much traction on the highlight shows, so Fitzgerald may escape what he considers future embarrassment.

But for the Cardinals, it was a flicker of life, with the veteran helping rookie quarterback Josh Rosen to a win they needed badly, after firing their offensive coordinator and slogging through the first half of the season.

And after catching eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown, Fitzgerald can remind his son Devin that he missed a pretty good show.

16 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald apologizes for spiking football

  1. This man has never complained about anything. He’s been the example for so many. I don’t blame him at all. If the Cards really cared and respected him, they would trade him to a contender so he has a chance at a ring. The man deserves it

  2. All do respect, he doesn’t need a ring. Sure he wants to win but most importantly, he’s a true Arizona Cardinal and that’s what he cares about most. Classiest man on the field these days. Great example of a human being.

  3. okjustplayfootball
    Oct 29, 2018, 6:56 AM EDT
    All do respect, he doesn’t need a ring. Sure he wants to win but most importantly, he’s a true Arizona Cardinal and that’s what he cares about most. Classiest man on the field these days. Great example of a human being.

    Anyone that plays sports wants to win and more specifically win Championships. I’m sure Fitzy is proud of the fact that he’s been with Arizona for his entire career but let’s not pretend like winning a Championship doesn’t mean everything to him. It does to everyone

  4. Agreed @boyso3. However, in my own opinion, at the stage he is in with his career, it may be more important to finish where he is at in the NFL. I also believe that rings are important but they don’t make the man.

  5. Larry Fitzgerald has been the most humble superstar at his position for more than a decade. No need to apologize for one of the tamest celebrations that happen nowadays. He’s a sure-thing first ballot HOF’er.

  6. The fact that he is apologizing for spiking the ball just goes to show how much class this man has, especially in an era of look-at-me players and their elaborate, staged touchdown celebrations

  7. okjustplayfootball says:

    October 29, 2018 at 8:24 am
    Agreed @boyso3. However, in my own opinion, at the stage he is in with his career, it may be more important to finish where he is at in the NFL. I also believe that rings are important but they don’t make the man.
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    Well said. Larry Fitz is a legend and the fact that he never had a complete team around him should not diminish his accomplishments. Just ask Dan Marino.

  8. the fan’s should be in uproar
    two terrible teams
    the owners are garbage and what they put on the field is garbage
    not even worth watching, what a waste
    if this is the best they can do, they should be in the CFL

  9. Classiest player in the league apologizes, as other idiots have no sense accountability, morality or conscience, in embarrassing this country, city of Jacksonville, teammates. I would say ownership and coaches but they choose a game was more important than showing the world we are not these individuals by not only not allowing them to play but not allowed to dress or be on the field. Don’t apologize for one thing Fitz all teams wish they had players of your character.

  10. Old conservatives on this site need to realize that this is a game of emotion. How can players not get excited when crowds are screaming, music is blaring, fireworks and/or confetti go off, etc. To expect players to just “hand the ball off to the ref” like old Barry Sanders, is unrealistic.

  11. After seeing other players celebrate a TD by“twerking” raising their leg like a dog ,simulate giving birth, and another actually wipe their behind with the football i’m sure seeing a future HOFer spike the ball in a rare celebration is not cause for an apology Larry Fitzgerald is a class act all the way

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