PROFILE: LARRY FITZGERALD JR.
BORN: AUGUST 31, 1983
BIRTH PLACE: MINNEAPOLIS, MN
EXPERIENCE: 10+ YEARS
Larry Darnell Fitzgerald, Jr. is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, and earned All-American honors.
The Arizona Cardinals chose Fitzgerald with the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, and he has played his entire professional career for the team. He has been selected for the Pro Bowl ten times, and currently ranks fourth all-time in NFL history in receiving yards per game for a career (76.0 yards per game), behind Andre Johnson, Torry Holt, and Marvin Harrison.
He agreed to an eight-year, $120 million contract extension on August 20, 2011.
CAREER STATS: LARRY FITZGERALD JR.
- Larry was ranked 45th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
- With the retirement of Steve Smith and Anquan Boldin at the end of 2016, the 34-year-old Fitzgerald entered the 2017 season as the career leader in receptions and receiving yards among active players.
- In Week 3, on Monday Night Football, Fitzgerald had 149 receiving yards on 13 receptions and a touchdown in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, his highest output in almost three years.
- The next week, he caught a 19-yard walk-off touchdown from Palmer with 0:31 left in overtime to defeat the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 18–15.
- In Week 6, Fitzgerald had 10 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay, and 10 receptions for 113 yards in Week 10's Thursday Night loss to Seattle, joining Antonio Brown as the only players with three games of 10+ receptions in 2017,and briefly passing Brown for the league lead in receptions.
- On November 17, 2017, Fitzgerald signed a one-year contract extension with the Cardinals through the 2018 season.
- In Week 13, against the Los Angeles Rams, Fitzgerald had 10 receptions (his fourth game in double-digits) for 98 yards and his fifth touchdown.
- In Week 16, against the New York Giants, he had nine receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he completed a 21-yard pass in the 23–0 victory.
- On December 19, 2017, Fitzgerald was named to his 11th Pro Bowl.
- In 2016, Larry Fitzgerald lead the National Football League in receptions with 107 receptions & had 1,023 receiving yards with 6 receiving touchdowns.
- On September 11, 2016, Fitzgerald reached his 100th career touchdown in the season opening loss to the Patriots. He became just the 10th player to accomplish the feat.
- On August 5, 2016, Fitzgerald signed a one-year, $11 million contract extension with the Cardinals.
- On January 16, 2016, Fitzgerald helped his quarterback Carson Palmer record his first playoff win with 8 catches for 176 yards in the NFC Divisional Playoffs against the Green Bay Packers. Fitzgerald was the Cardinals' entire offense in overtime, with a 75-yard reception to open overtime, and a 5-yard touchdown reception from Palmer two plays later, which resulted in a 26-20 win.
- On February 18, 2015, Fitzgerald was signed to a new multi-year contract worth at least $11 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. In week two against the Chicago Bears, Fitzgerald caught three touchdown passes, the first time he accomplished the feat, during the regular season, in his career. For the 2015 season, Fitzgerald had 109 catches for 1,215 yards and 9 touchdowns. For his accomplishments during the 2015 season, Fitzgerald was selected to the Pro Bowl for the ninth time.
- In 2014, Fitzgerald was selected as the 2014 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Male Recipient, which was created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize an influential male and female premiere athlete for their success in their sport and for being a positive role model who gives back to their communities.
- During the 2013 season, Fitzgerald was honored with the NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award. The award was established to honor a leader in the sports industry whose life and family have been touched by cancer, and who encourages cancer research, prevention and treatment through awareness and philanthropy.
- Following the 2012 football season, Fitzgerald was named the “Arizona Cardinals/Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year” and was one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. In August 2012, he was honored with the 14th annual Pro Football Weekly Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award for his community and charitable contributions.
- During the 2011, 2012 and 2014 offseasons, Fitzgerald joined other NFL players partaking in mission trips to Africa, India, Thailand and the Philippines to support economic development projects. He has worked with Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide hearing aids for children and adults in need in eight countries. Fitzgerald has also made five USO tours to visit soldiers overseas and has raised financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. military.
- in 2011 Larry was selected as a starter for the Pro Bowl. It was his sixth Pro Bowl selection. With 1,411 receiving yards in 2011, Larry became just the fourth player in NFL history to record at least 1,400 receiving yards four times in their career - joining Jerry Rice (6), Randy Moss (4) and Marvin Harrison (4). In rankings based on a poll of current players, Larry came in at #7 on NFL Network's Top 100 players of 2012.
- In 2010, Larry was honored for the fifth time being named to the Pro Bowl. And despite the Cardinal's struggles during the season, Larry recorded 90 receptions for 1,137 yard, and 6 touchdowns. In his first seven seasons, Larry recorded 8,204 yards, 613 receptions, and 65 touchdowns.
- Earned his third consecutive and fourth overall Pro Bowl selection in 2009. Became the first Cardinals player since Aeneas Williams (1994-99) to be selected to the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons and tied Mel Gray (1974-77) for the most Pro Bowl selections by a Cardinals wide receiver. Earned MVP honors in the 2008 Pro Bowl in the NFC’s 30-21 victory over the AFC.
- For the second consecutive season, set a single-season-high and tied for the NFL lead with 13 receiving TDs in 2009. Became the first player to lead the NFL in receiving TDs in back-to-back seasons since Terrell Owens accomplished the feat in 2001-02.
- With 13 TD receptions in 2009, became the first player in franchise history to record 10+ TDs in three consecutive seasons. Recorded 12 TD receptions in 2009 and 10 in ’07. Now has 59 TD receptions for his career, the third-highest total in franchise history, trailing only Roy Green (66) and Sonny Randle (60).
- With 1,092 receiving yards in 2009, recorded his fourth career 1,000-yard season and third in a row, becoming the first player in franchise history to record 1,000+ yards in three consecutive campaigns. He also joined Randy Moss, Torry Holt, Chad Ochocinco and Anquan Boldin as the only active players to reach 1,000+ receiving yards four times in their first six seasons.
- Against the Lions in Week 15 of the ’09 season, reached 7,000 receiving yards for his career. At 26 years, 111 days old, he became the youngest player in NFL history to reach the career milestone, surpassing the previous record held by Randy Moss (26 years, 220 days old).
- With 159 receiving yards in the 2009 postseason, Fitzgerald has 705 receiving yards in his first six postseason games, second in NFL history behind Carolina’s Steve Smith (706).
- With his two TD receptions in the Wild Card contest vs. Green Bay in 2009, recorded at least one TD reception in his first five consecutive postseason games, tying the third-longest streak in NFL postseaon history. Only John Stallworth (8) and David Givens (7) had longer streaks. The two receiving TDs against Green Bay gave him multiple TD receptions in three consecutive postseason games, joining Ernest Givens (1989-91) as the only players in history to accomplish that feat.
- Has nine TD receptions in six career postseason games, an NFL record for a player in his first six postseason games.
- Had one of the best postseasons of any player in NFL history during the Cardinals run to Super Bowl XLIII in 2008, shattering the NFL single postseason record for receptions (30), receiving yards (546), and receiving TDs (7). His 30 receptions surpassed the previous record of 27, shared by Carolina’s Steve Smith (2005) and New England’s Wes Welker (2007). His 546 receiving yards surpassed Jerry Rice’s 1988 total of 409 yards and his seven TD receptions topped Rice’s 1988 total of six.
- With 100 yards receiving in each of the team’s four postseason games in ‘08, set the NFL record for most consecutive playoff games with 100 yards receiving.
- Has started all 92 games in which he has appeared since being selected by Arizona with the third overall pick in the 2004 Draft. Only players taken ahead of him were QB Eli Manning (#1 to San Diego) and OT Robert Gallery (#2 to Oakland).
- Led the NFC in both receptions and receiving yards in 2007 and 2008, hauling in 96 receptions for a career-high 1,431 yards in ’08, also tying Detroit’s Calvin Johnson for the NFL lead with 12 TD receptions. In 2007, totaled 100 receptions for 1,409 yards and 10 TDs.
- With 1,431 receiving yards in 2008, joined Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Randy Moss as the only receivers in NFL history to record at least 1,400 yards receiving in three or more seasons.
- With 96 receptions for 1,431 yards in 2008, joined wide receivers Boldin (89-1,038) and Steve Breaston (77-1,006) to mark the fifth time in NFL history that a team had three players all reach 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.
- His 103 receptions in 2005 set a franchise single-season mark, breaking Boldin’s previous mark of 101 set in 2003.
- In 2005, Fitzgerald and Boldin became only the second tandem in NFL history to top 100 receptions and 1,400 receiving yards in the same season (Detroit’s Herman Moore and Brett Perriman in 1995).
- At 22 years, 123 days became the youngest receiver in NFL history to record a 100-catch campaign when he reached the milestone @ Indy on 1/1/06.
- Signed a four-year contract on 3/11/08 that will keep him in a Cardinals uniform through the 2011 season.
- Larry had a memorable football career at the University of Pittsburgh. Larry's 2,677 receiving yards make him one of the top receivers in Panther history and Big East Conference history. In his sophomore year, Larry had an awe-inspiring 92 receptions for 1,672 yards and 22 touchdowns. In 2003, after just two seasons, Larry broker the school career touchdown record with 34 touchdowns, and holds and incredible streak of at least one touchdown catch in 18 consecutive games. Additionally, he remains the first player in Panther history with back-to-back seasons totaling over 1,000 receiving yards. As a result, in 2003 Larry was the winner of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, an award reserved for the best player in college football, the Fred Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's top college football receiver, and became a Heisman Trophy finalist.