Just When You Thought He Couldn't Get Any Better, Larry Fitzgerald Shocks The World. Are You Sure He's A WR?
His catches have ranged from routine to ridiculous, and he has been the single biggest reason, other than the combination of Kurt Warner and Jesus, that the Cardinals are about to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
The latest news, however, has not only convinced me that this might not be the last time we see Larry Fitzgerald playing in late January/early February, it has also made me even more impressed with him, as a player and a person.
In a time when many of the elite wide receivers are known for being selfish prima donnas and team cancers, Fitzgerald is truly breaking the mold.
Sure, we knew he was a good guy. There haven't been stories of him fighting with teammates. He's always a reliable source of team-first quotes and he's quick to deflect credit to his teammates. But it doesn't stop there. Not even remotely.
Last summer, Fitzgerald signed a contract with the Cardinals for 4 years and $40 million. While that's certainly good money, there's no doubt that he could have made more elsewhere. After this season, in which he has excelled even more, and is being called possibly the best receiver in the game. He probably could have taken a page out of Terrell Owens' book, and demanded a renegotiation for more money. He could have shut it down like Randy Moss did in Oakland.
Turns out, he is indeed seeking a contract renegotiation. It's not what you might have expected, however. Fitzgerald's teammate Anquan Boldin has made it clear that he will be seeking a renegotiation after the Super Bowl, and Fitzgerald apparently likes lining up opposite Boldin, because he's offering to restructure his deal and take LESS money, in order to keep Boldin happy and with the Cardinals.
There's not much more to say about him at this point. Fitzgerald is clearly interested in winning, and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. At a time when his market value has never been higher, he's volunteering to take a hit in order for his team to retain another high quality WR.
If we didn't see proof on the field, you would never know that this guy is an elite wide receiver. They just don't DO this.
Fitzgerald willing to restructure deal to keep Boldin [Adam Schefter]