Despite a disappointing season in which he only caught 71 passes, Larry Fitzgerald finds himself going to he Pro Bowl for the sixth season in a row. He was named an alternate for the NFC and, due to Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall unavailable because of a hip injury, Fitz is taking the trip to Honolulu.
Fitzgerald's numbers were down in 2012 due to poor quarterback play and a few more drops than what is characteristic of him, but that did not diminish the respect he got from fans, players and coaches. Despite his diminished production this season, he was rewarded for the reputation he has and because of the skill that everyone knows he has.
He will be one of three Arizona Cardinals in the Pro Bowl, joining corner back Patrick Peterson and linebacker Daryl Washington. Peterson made the team outright, while Washington was added after the San Francisco 49ers made the Super Bowl, taking Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman out of the game.
Fitzgerald's now seven appearances are the most by any offensive player in team history. Among all Cardinals players he is tied with Hall of Fame defensive back Roger Wehrli for the second most selections behind only Hall of Fame safety Larry Wilson's 8.
Fitzgerald also joins Larry Wilson (1965-70) and defensive back Aeneas Williams (1994-99) as the only three players in team history to earn six consecutive Pro Bowl selections; Fitzgerald is the only offensive player to do so.
The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii this Sunday, January 27 and will be televised on NBC beginning at 5:00 p.m.
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