Larry Fitzgerald in striking distance of No. 2 in all-time receiving yards

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When we last saw Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, he was uncharacteristically spiking the football after a touchdown that helped his team win for the second time this season.

That came in Week Eight as the Cardinals were on a bye last week and they’ll get back to work against the Chiefs this weekend. Predictions of more success for the Cardinals as a team are hard to come by, but Fitzgerald could wind up with an individual mark worthy of applause.

Fitzgerald has 15,902 receiving yards for his career and that leaves him 33 yards away from passing Terrell Owens for No. 2 in league history. The veteran said that it’s not something he’s been thinking about this week.

“Honestly, I don’t really look at it,” Fitzgerald said, via the team’s website. “Honestly.”

Jerry Rice is nearly 7,000 yards ahead of Owens and Fitzgerald, so the Cardinals icon’s rise up the list is likely to stop at No. 2. That means he can devote his full attention to helping the team’s win total get beyond two.

16 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald in striking distance of No. 2 in all-time receiving yards

  1. Fitzgerald will be just like Favre was to me, a player I hated while he played due to team allegiance. But will remember him for the legend he was on the field. Nothing but respect to Larry.

  2. And he’s still underrated. To put up the numbers he has with QB situations he’s been dealt with for what feels like most of his career, make it’s even more impressive. Imagine if he had the QBs that Jerry Rice, T.O. and the other top WRs in history had thru their careers.

  3. Rice & Fitzgerald consistently achieved their potential and will be #1/#2, respectively, in all-time yards.

    Meanwhile Owens & Moss, who arguably were superior atheletes (Owens vs. Fitzgerald is tough, but Moss…) only reached their potential whenever it suited them.

    All were obviously successful but Owens & Moss could have gone even further, had they wanted to.

  4. Larry has been a solid contributor for so many years. This really puts Jerry Rice’s numbers into perspective, because Larry would need 6 more seasons of 1200 yards to get to Rice.

    That was before the league catered to the passing game.

  5. murphyslaw40 says:
    November 9, 2018 at 9:10 am
    Larry has been a solid contributor for so many years. This really puts Jerry Rice’s numbers into perspective, because Larry would need 6 more seasons of 1200 yards to get to Rice.
    That was before the league catered to the passing game.

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    Rice’s first two years in Oakland were the most incredible to me at age 39 and 40. 1139 and 1211 yards receiving in those two years. That’s very similar to what Brady is doing. Sustained greatness over a very long period of time. Rice was also maybe the best athlete in the league too. Hard to argue against him being the best NFL player ever.

  6. bullcharger says:
    November 9, 2018 at 9:26 am
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    Rice’s first two years in Oakland were the most incredible to me at age 39 and 40. 1139 and 1211 yards receiving in those two years. That’s very similar to what Brady is doing. Sustained greatness over a very long period of time. Rice was also maybe the best athlete in the league too. Hard to argue against him being the best NFL player ever.
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    Actually what Jerry Rice did is way more impressive and amazing than what Brady is doing. Rice played in an era when receivers absolutely got demolished going over the middle physically. He also played in an era before the rule that prevented defenders from mugging receivers beyond 5 yards on their route, Pats fans should recognize this since it was put in place after the Colts whined about it after a few losses to the Pats.

    Brady is playing in an era where if you breath on a QB wrong it’s a penalty. You can’t hit them too high, you can’t hit them below the knees, if you tackle them you better make sure you don’t land on them wrong. What Brady is doing is not that amazing when you realize 39 year old Drew Brees is playing just as well, 37 year old Philip Rivers is having one of his best seasons, Aaron Rodgers is 35 and producing at a high level. Because of the rules changes we will be seeing plenty of quarterbacks playing well and playing into their 40s.

    To put it into even more perspective….all the rules changes have also benefited wide receivers to a great extent today yet most receivers stop producing at a high level by age 33 or 34 today. Jerry Rice was putting up 1000 yard seasons late in his 40s in an era when it was physically harder to play the position and offense as a whole. Amazing.

  7. Fitz is better than Rice because Fitz didn’t use stickum. I bet he could catch Rice in a few years if he just covered himself in it. By the end of each game there’d be so many footballs stuck to him he’d look like Mr. Incredible losing a fight with a thousand glue ball guns.

  8. Rice is similar to Hank Aaron in baseball. His numbers are mind boggling because he performed at such a high level for so long. Aaron has 12% more total bases than #2 on the list (Musial). As Rice is 40% ahead of anyone else in yards, maybe the more appropriate comparison is how far Babe Ruth was ahead of everyone else in home runs when he retired (hundreds ahead). Not sure anyone will get to Rice’s totals (Babe is now third).

  9. Larry is not just a great receiver, but a great football player. Comparing performance relative to peers and in the context of the game and rules, Don Hutson is the greatest receiver off all time.

  10. He’s caught TDs from 15 different quarterbacks. To me that is the most amazing part that he has always performed no matter who was throwing the ball. He had a few really good QBs like Warner but also a bunch who weren’t very good at all. Yet he found ways to get the ball from all of them, frequently with the defense’s main goal being to shut him down.

  11. I’ve always had a ton of respect for Fitz. Dude’s been a stud from day one. Having said that the disparity between him and Rice is still amazing to this 49ers fan. Nobody is anywhere even close in nearly every major statistical category for wrs and Rice last played 20ish years ago. I don’t see how anyone can argue to this day that Rice isn’t the best NFL player there ever was.

  12. Dirty Ol Man says:
    November 9, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    I’ve always had a ton of respect for Fitz. Dude’s been a stud from day one. Having said that the disparity between him and Rice is still amazing to this 49ers fan. Nobody is anywhere even close in nearly every major statistical category for wrs and Rice last played 20ish years ago. I don’t see how anyone can argue to this day that Rice isn’t the best NFL player there ever was.
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    Look at the QB’s Larry has had over his career compared to what Jerry Rice had in two hall of famers for the vast majority of his NFL Career. Larry only had like 3yrs of Kurt Warner and though he was with Palmer for 5 yrs Carson was only healthy for 3 of them. Rice is the goat but Larry was not blessed with anywhere near the QB talent Jerry Rice was playing with Joe Cool and Steve Young.
    If Larry also had the Luxury of playing with two hall of famers who were the best QB’s in football Larry’s numbers would be right up there with Jerry Rice’s. The fact Larry Fitzgerald got to #2 all time while catching passes from the 15+ Different QB’s he has is a testament to just how truly special Larry FItzgerald is. Josh Rosen is going to be a very good QB in the league for a long time so I personally hope Larry hangs around for a couple more seasons and plays with him putting together a few more good seasons to go on his hall of fame resume.

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