Josh Rosen gets standing ovation at Larry Fitzgerald’s softball game

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Traded but not yet gone, former Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen had one more thing to do before packing up his stuff and moving to Florida.

He appeared at Larry Fitzgerald‘s Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday. According to the Arizona Republic, Rosen specifically stayed for that event.

“I think that’s just a testament to who he is as a man,” Fitzgerald said. “He could have very easily gone down to Miami already, or just said, ‘Hey, I’m not gonna do it,’ but it shows you his commitment, his character, and just friendship. I’m very fortunate to call him a friend. Looking forward to seeing him do great things in Miami.”

Per the Republic, Rosen received a standing ovation before winning the home run derby and ultimately being named MVP of the game. He also addressed the crowd.

“I just want to say thank you to everybody,” Rosen said. “We didn’t win as many games as I would have hoped, but I had a great time and an unbelievable year. Sad to see it up, but new chapters, new beginnings, and I’m excited for things to come. I’ll always be a Cardinal and root for you guys for as long as I’m on my feet.”

“I don’t think anybody could have handled it more professionally than he has,” Fitzgerald said. “I mean he’s been a consummate professional throughout this whole process. And, you know, I think he’s got a lot of people’s respect for the way he conducted himself. And I know all of us are rooting for him in his next stop.”

Plenty of other people will be rooting for Rosen, too. Despite the knocks he took prior to the 2018 draft for (God forbid) having opinions and being willing to share them, Rosen has handled himself admirably over the past few months. And, frankly, the Cardinals should have kept him.

What if Kyler Murray isn’t as good as he’s expected to be? What if he gets injured? The Cardinals will wish they’d kept Rosen and the three years, $6.2 million remaining on his contract.

It’s unclear why the Cardinals believed Murray and Rosen couldn’t coexist, for a year or maybe longer. Maybe the manner in which Rosen has handled himself shows that they could have.

53 responses to “Josh Rosen gets standing ovation at Larry Fitzgerald’s softball game

  1. Time will show how badly Cardinals bucked this situation up.

    Murray better be a pro bowler out of the gate like Mahomes and god help them if Rosen ends up winning games and leading Miami to the playoffs…it’ll answer all questions of why the Cardinals were terrible, the QB or the pieces around him (coaching included).

  2. Ownership and GM are in over their head. Perhaps he should’ve bought a Pop Warner team and see how that goes first.

  3. Murray is 5 foot nothing and a hundred and nothing. He’s going to get killed. Should have kept Rosen.

  4. Easy to forget he’s a very young guy, still learning how to handle situations. Looks like he’s maturing right in front of us.

  5. To think those two guys could co exist in the QB room is naive in the extreme. Rosen has gone to a divisional rival of my team but I will be rooting for the guy in every other game he plays.

    I still cannot believe any team has taken such a small player at QB I mean I wish him all the best but I am thinking its a major mistake by the Cardinals

  6. Maybe both QB’s will be successful.
    Maybe both will fail.
    But coexist in case Murray doesn’t work out? I think we’d read into that ‘why’d they keep Rosen if they truly believe in Murray?’
    Plus, ‘Why doesn’t Rosen have the competence fire to force his way out so he could start?’

    No matter what AZ did with Rosen after drafting Murray, there would be a negative spin to speculate.

  7. >>Per the Republic, Rosen received a standing ovation before winning the home run derby and ultimately being named MVP of the game. He also addressed the crowd.

    The thing about pro-athletes is they tend to be extremely coordinated. They may be pros at one sport but many of them are really really good at other sports. Not pro level, and they didn’t invest time developing the other sport, but they are still gifted compared to most of us.

    The only fault I assign is the Cardinals should have traded Rosen 2 weeks ago and gotten more for him. Good luck to him.

  8. This kind of stuff puts me at ease as a phins fan. Welcome to Miami Josh, can’t wait to see you play for us! You are mature beyond your years.

  9. Been a Cardinal fan since 04, unfollowed all their pages and threw out all my Cards stuff after the Rosen debacle, maybe I was being too hasty.

  10. Liked Rosen but wanted to screw Arizona out of a bit more or tank for Tua. However a deal is a deal. Don’t know whuy any Miami fans can complain, he is the best QB since Marino. Young, cheap and bags of potential plus we can get another next year if needed. Grier great job. Welcome to the Dolphins and can’t wait till we play Arizona in a few years if he works out which I am sure he will.

  11. Well I dont know how Rosen as a player will work out, but I was certainly wrong about Rosen as a person. Very classy.

  12. lobstasandmobstas says:

    April 28, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Time will show how badly Cardinals bucked this situation up.

    Murray better be a pro bowler out of the gate like Mahomes and god help them if Rosen ends up winning games and leading Miami to the playoffs…it’ll answer all questions of why the Cardinals were terrible, the QB or the pieces around him (coaching included).
    ———-
    Hard to take any of your post seriously when you write “Murray better be a pro bowler out of the gate like Mahomes”. Mahomes sat on the bench for a season behind Alex Smith.

  13. As if Bills fans needed another reminder that their failing franchise picked the wrong guy in Mr. 52%. First they hand Mahomes to KC and now this blunder.

  14. Miami offensive line has been offensive for a better part of a DECADE. So that talking point on why he failed in ARZ, was used for 7 years to excuse Tannehill shortcomings.

    As for the rest, I see the same people who rode Tannehill for 7 years, some always waiting for his breakout year….and now he will be holding a clipboard in Nashville.

    People should understand that Miami and Arizona are separated by just a few degrees of suckage. Miami has one legit starting offensive lineman currently, and a team of midgets running routes. Dont forget the TE that gets rerouted by guys half his size.

  15. I get it . Murray is box office with the way he plays. Sure Rosen held the ball too long and tossed stupid interceptions.
    But so did Jared Goff his rookie year. Goff was trash that year and he’s coming off a super bowl appearance now. Hell Peyton Manning of all ppl tossed like 28 ints his rookie year. Troy Aikman looked garbage his few first years and we know what he did the rest of the way.
    Cardinals will regret it

  16. Murray will have ups and downs as a rookie. Keeping Rosen would have fragmented the locker room and stunted his growth. I wouldn’t have taken Murray, but since they did this is the right thing to do.

  17. Classy move! Good to be out of that cesspool! He could have told them to take a flying leap. But he didn’t. Don’t burn your bridges.

  18. I lovre the way Rosen has handled things, it shows he is maturing and just in time to take over for a Dolphins team in need of a franchise QB! The STEAL OF THE DECADE and at a GREAT PRICE!
    Jim Caldwell will coach this 22 year old kid up…….I see the next Aaron Rodgers!
    Fin Up!

  19. Not BuyingIt says:

    April 28, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Miami offensive line has been offensive for a better part of a DECADE. So that talking point on why he failed in ARZ, was used for 7 years to excuse Tannehill shortcomings.

    As for the rest, I see the same people who rode Tannehill for 7 years, some always waiting for his breakout year….and now he will be holding a clipboard in Nashville.

    People should understand that Miami and Arizona are separated by just a few degrees of suckage. Miami has one legit starting offensive lineman currently, and a team of midgets running routes. Dont forget the TE that gets rerouted by guys half his size.
    ——
    Which “midgets running routes” is that cause Devante Parker is 6’3, Stills 6’1, Butler 6’3, Wilson 5’9 and Grant who is 5’7. Sounds like a wide array. For comparison Pats have Edelman 5’9, Dorsett 5’10, Ellington 5’9 and Thomas 6’3. So please give us more of your great insights rooted in fake truths.

  20. truthfully when I reviewed Kyler highlights I was less impressed with him as I was impressed with how WIDE OPEN hollywood brown was allllllllllll theeeeeee tiimmmmmeeeee!!!

  21. Miami would be smart throwing Fitzpatrick out there this year. They have a lot of picks in 2020 and can also be active in Free Agency next offseason. I hope they build that line before they throw Rosen to the wolves. He was sacked like 45 times last year and it will be more of the same this year. Don’t want him to wind up being another David Carr.

    As a Miami fan, I like the deal. It is very low risk. However, I will temper my expectations. Rosen hasn’t really shown much and he is going to a team just as bad as the one he left, if not worse. People that are posting this is a “Steal of the Decade” need to pump the brakes a bit..

  22. As a business decision, the Cardinals should have kept Rosen. But as a class act kindness to the kids, Rosen and Murray, they did the right thing. Fans everywhere should be excited and hope they both become franchise quarterbacks. A suggestion – Rosen may want to head to Miami via Oakland. It sounds like he’s a bad boy with the stick and could be worth a look by the Athletics!

  23. Rosen got his butt kicked behind that line last season and he never threw anyone under the bus. The Giants could have had him but the entrenched Manning mafia in the Meadowlands demanded a Manning family approved pick. Who cares who coached Daniel Jones in college? I’m a NYG & Eli fan but how much longer does NY have to soft land Eli’s overdue departure?

  24. I despise Trump but what I despise more is hypocrisy (which is a Trump special). You browbeat people for not allowing Rosen to “have an opinion” but then go on to judge Bosa for his opinions as misguided as they may be. Can’t have it both ways.

  25. Pro Football Talk pushed for Arizona to trade Josh Rosen all pre draft long. Chris Simms was on TV every morning talking about how AZ had to move Rosen and draft Kyler because he was the best thing since sliced bread. Once they do it now you guys publish an article questioning them for actually going ahead and doing it? Drafting Kyler and trading Rosen? Wow. Just wow.

  26. Good luck to Rosen. He can get away from the Keim clown show and restart his career. Keim bungled this up so bad. He should’ve talked up Bosa and Williams to the media, while quietly negotiating a trade for Rosen. That way he had all the leverage and probably would’ve got the first rounder he wanted. Instead Keim talked nonstop about Murray, which tipped his hand that Rosen had to be traded.

  27. We can’t control what happens to us in life, but we can control how we respond. Good luck, Josh!

  28. As a lifelong NFL fan (Dallas Cowboys) I hate to see all the manufactured drama brought on by the media.

  29. A lot of crow is being eaten by fans who bashed Rosen for “being arrogant” or a “cancer”. Funny how one soundbite can completely change minds about the character of someone. It turns out, you DON’T know these guys and snap judgements are made on a few quotes.

  30. travishenrykid says:
    April 28, 2019 at 11:24 pm
    I believe Steve Smith over Larry Fitzgerald.
    ———————————————————————————-
    If you believe the guy who sucker-punched a teammate breaking his jaw, talked his way out of Carolina and gave their playbook to the Ravens now preaching “professionalism” over Larry Fitz, you’re in the delusional minority for sure!

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