At the end of the 2018 season, Larry Fitzgerald told reporters, “I’ll let you guys know” if he decides to retire. Almost one year later, it seems like the future Hall of Fame receiver may be considering it. The Arizona Cardinals host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday for their Week 15 matchup, their last home game of the season. If Fitzgerald were to hang up his cleats after this year, it would mean that Sunday would be Larry Legend’s final time playing in State Farm Stadium.
Fitzgerald‘s father is well aware of that, and posted a potential farewell tweet to Arizona fans on Sunday morning:
If today is my last after 16 years Cardinals game supporting & watching my son play in Arizona.I’m grateful for all the Arizona fan https://t.co/3l0MX1Xqh7 helping loving and always supporting him.Through it all.Who knows what the future has thank you all.🙏
— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) December 15, 2019
It’s hard to imagine the Cardinals without Fitzgerald. He’s been their No. 1 target for 16 years and has been there through multiple rebuilding phases and two deep playoff runs, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2008 and an NFC Championship appearance in 2015.
No matter when he retires, Fitzgerald is sure to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame one day. His 11 Pro Bowl selections and All-Pro selection speak for themselves.
In this current era of pro sports, it is becoming less and less common to see a player spend his entire career with one team. There’s reasons for that, as more athletes have begun to use their leverage to set themselves and their families up better for their futures after their playing days are over. But Fitzgerald will not only be a Cardinal forever, he is synonymous with the Cardinals.