He showed the team loyalty and stuck with them through the good times and the bad.
Yet he is not retired, contrary to what some fans may think.
Fitzgerald became a free agent following last season and is now at home, contemplating his future.
Some recent comments, in response to a question from broadcaster Jim Gray, shed more light on Fitzgerald’s plans in 2021.
Larry Fitzgerald tells Jim Gray on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio that he doesn't "have the urge to play right now." pic.twitter.com/jQdSVEo5Y3
— Kevin Patra (@kpatra) August 20, 2021
For now, he has no desire to get back on the field.
A Potential Return
The receiver is 37 years old and will turn 38 before the start of the season.
He has accomplished just about everything in the NFL, except for winning a Super Bowl.
He is going into the Hall of Fame once he is eligible and there is zero doubt about that.
So when will that clock start ticking?
Fitzgerald made it clear his mind could change down the line this season.
Perhaps that means he joins a contender in October or November for one last pursuit of a championship ring.
No one could fault him for doing such a thing after all he has done in the NFL.
Fitzgerald could even come back for a game and see if the heart and passion is still there.
Once again, no one could fault him for showing up and then changing his mind.
If the will to play is not there, he would only be putting himself in harm’s way and hurting whatever team he would be on.
Larry Fitzgerald waiting til week 3 to sign with the vikings out of loyalty to the Cardinals, classy move. Looking forward to it
— Luke Braun (@LukeBraunNFL) August 20, 2021
League Of Possibilities
It seems obvious that teams around the NFL will have Fitzgerald on their radar throughout the year.
A quick call or two never hurts just to gauge his interest on playing.
Imagine if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reach out and tell him to catch passes from Tom Brady in pursuit of a Super Bowl.
That may be a hard offer to turn down after so many down years with the Cardinals as of late.
Or what if the Kansas City Chiefs give him a call?
The possibilities are exciting and most teams should want someone with Fitzgerald’s experience around.
He is also just a talented player in general.
A likely scenario is Fitzgerald taking some time and seeing how the year plays out.
He can pick a sure contender and even go somewhere that is in need of receiver help because of an injury.
Deciding to take his time, and also not worry about taking part in another training camp, could help him in his quest to retire a champion.