GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald meandered the field after the Arizona Cardinals finished a six-game losing streak, looking for embraces and handshakes.
He experienced what appeared a large portion of the Cleveland Browns sideline, halting to share a snicker or a congratulatory gesture and posturing for a couple of photographs.
At the point when Fitzgerald, at last, got himself alone, he jogged off the field as he generally does. No festivals, no checks out the arena, no sparing a football or a shirt.
On the off chance that this was the home finale of his celebrated vocation, Fitzgerald didn’t treat it any uniquely in contrast to some other game.
“I let you know, man, it’s an occupation. I love what I do, however when it’s finished, it’s finished,” Fitzgerald said following Arizona’s 38-24 win over the Browns on Sunday. “I’m not going to lose any rest and I have a ton of incredible things in front of me.”
Fitzgerald was feted in Arizona’s last home game a year prior in the midst of hypothesis he may hang up the spikes for good. The Cardinals played video tributes to him during breaks named the “Twelve Days of Fitzmas” and fans serenaded him with serenades of “Larry!” all through the game.
Turns out, it wasn’t Fitzgerald’s finale.
Amped up for playing in first-year mentor Kliff Kingsbury’s spread-out offense, Fitzgerald selected to return for a sixteenth season and kept on being profitable at 36, driving the Cardinals with 69 gets for 711 yards and three touchdowns.
As a troublesome season in the desert has moved nearer to the completion, the hypothesis about Fitzgerald’s future has tightened up once more.
As he did a year back, Fitzgerald put no time span for settling on a choice, gave no sign if he’s inclining somehow.
On the off chance that he calls it a vocation, Fitzgerald will leave as one of the most beneficial and regarded players in NFL history.
“He’s the best quality level of what an NFL player ought to be,” Cardinals protect Justin Pugh said. “He shows others how it’s done, he leads by hard-working attitude, he’s the GOAT for reason.”
Fitzgerald will probably be a first-polling form Hall of Famer when he gets qualified and discovers his No. 11 in Arizona’s ring of respect subsequent to assembling probably the best vocation by a collector in NFL history.
A third-balance pick of Pittsburgh in 2004, Fitzgerald has gone through his whole profession with the Cardinals, turning into a Valley of the Sun sports symbol through his indefatigable hard-working attitude, generation, and association with the network.
Fitzgerald entered Sunday’s down second behind Jerry Rice in NFL history with 1,372 gets and 16,690 yards getting. He’s 6th in profession accepting TDs with 119 and holds about each huge getting record in Cardinals history.
The regard originates from the polished methodology Fitzgerald appears on the field and the endless hours he goes through working with foundations and the remainder of the network.
“Larry is a huge individual and an excellent player and I feel blessed that I was with him 11 years and I saw him work each day,” said Brown’s mentor Freddie Kitchens, a Cardinals associate from 2007-17. “I saw him granulate each day. I saw him prepare himself to play during preparing camp and appear each Sunday and play. I don’t have the foggiest idea about the last time he has missed a game. Only immaculate in all that he does.”
Fitzgerald got a 16-yard to give Arizona’s opening drive against Cleveland to broaden his dash off back to back games with a catch to 241, second just to Rice’s 274 straight. Fitzgerald at that point got two additional passes on the drive, which Kenyan Drake completed with the first of his four touchdowns on a choice from quarterback Kyler Murray.
Fitzgerald completed with five gets for 42 yards, catching one pass by stretching around a protective back who appeared to have played him impeccably. Fitzgerald is known for making aerobatic one-gave gets, and nearly added to the rundown when he tipped the ball with one hand and about caught a staggering snatch in the subsequent quarter.
“I truly needed that one awful,” Fitzgerald said. “I had it and his head protector sort of prodded my arm and I couldn’t clutch it. I truly was baffled.”
The Cardinals close out the season with street games against the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams, so Sunday’s down would be his toward the end in Arizona on the off chance that he calls it a profession. An enthusiastic golf player and explorer, Fitzgerald will probably be in no hurry to settle on a choice once the season ends.