Larry Fitzgerald is back.
The legendary wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals is set to return for his 16th NFL season.
From the team:
“No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald,” said Cardinals President Michael Bidwill. “In my discussions with him, it was clear that he is as driven and passionate as ever. We are thrilled he’ll be back for 2019.”
Going into his 16th season, the 35-year old Fitzgerald (6-3, 218) is the Cardinals franchise career leader in receptions (1,303), receiving yards (16,279), receiving touchdowns (116), total touchdowns (116) and 100-yard games (47). His 1,303 career receptions are the most by any player in NFL history with a single team and rank third all-time overall behind only WR Jerry Rice (1,549) and TE Tony Gonzalez (1,325). Fitzgerald’s 16,279 career receiving yards rank second in NFL history and his 116 career touchdown receptions are tied for sixth all-time (TE Antonio Gates).
In the 2018 season finale at Seattle, Fitzgerald appeared in his 234th career game for the Cardinals, tying K Jim Bakken for the most games played in franchise history. In 2019, Fitzgerald (16) will join QB Jim Hart (18) and Bakken (17) as the only players in Cardinals history to play at least 16 seasons with the team.
Fitzgerald will also enter the 2019 season with an active streak of 227 consecutive games with at least one reception, which represents the second-longest streak in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice (274).
The 11-time Pro Bowler has played all 16 games each of the last four years (2015-18) and his streak of 68 consecutive starts is the longest active streak among NFL wide receivers.
Fitzgerald was originally taken by the Cardinals in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh.