Star receiver Larry Fitzgerald is returning to the Arizona Cardinals for a 16th NFL season.
The Cardinals announced Wednesday that they signed the 35-year-old Fitzgerald to a one-year contract.
“No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald,” Team president Michael Bidwell said.
In the finale of his 15th season, Fitzgerald still looked the part of an NFL wide receiver and exceptional pass catcher. He caught the 116th touchdown pass of his career and became the third player with at least 1,300 career receptions.
Fitzgerald matched the franchise record for career games played with his 234th game in a Cardinals uniform.
He also became the second receiver in league history with 2,000 yards receiving against three different teams, joining Jerry Rice.
Fitzgerald has been named to 11 Pro Bowls, most recently in 2017.
In addition to his stellar on-field performance, he is beloved by fans for his work in the community. Fitzgerald was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2016, along with Eli Manning of the New York Giants.
“Fitzgerald’s foundation, The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, has provided grants of more than $1 million to promote reading and technology access for students K-12 and to support efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer and support breast cancer survivors,” the NFL said in a news release at the time. “Fitzgerald has also teamed with national and international charities to serve as a volunteer to promote vision care for children, to fit people around the world with hearing aids and to visit countries in Africa to promote economic development.”
Fans were thrilled about Fitzgerald’s decision to return for a 16th season.
I’m not crying you’re crying ? ? I’m so happy
— Becca (@13_beccaa) January 23, 2019
Thank you HOF #11 for deciding to come back next season. Ur a man of strong faith, a Great role model for teammates & the NFL! Thank you for what you do in our community!!#GOAT!
— Kevin Schuck (@KevinSchuck3) January 23, 2019
I’m actually crying. Much needed good news in this messed up world. With Larry it’s more than sports. He has class, dignity, and love for fellow humans. Thank you Larry. Now let’s rock 19/20!
— Joannie (@jraesk) January 23, 2019
In an era of zero loyalty to teams it’s so refreshing that this man has show nothing but loyalty. Super Bowl rings are all well and good but this man may one day have a statue outside the stadium. Congratulations to @LarryFitzgerald and The @AZCardinals ??
— RyMid (@Scmiddy) January 23, 2019
Fitzgerald’s future was one of the big questions going into the Cardinals’ offseason.
Arizona fired coach Steve Wilks and replaced him with former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.
During his introductory news conference, Kingsbury said he would love to have Fitzgerald on his team but would let the front office figure out whether the 11-time Pro Bowler was coming back.
The Western Journal has reviewed this Associated Press story and may have altered it prior to publication to ensure that it meets our editorial standards.
Truth and Accuracy
We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.