Speculations of Larry Fitzgerald’s potential retirement continues to circulate the web, as it did the past few years.
Whether he chooses to play one more year or decides to hang up the cleats, there are still two more games to be played on the season and more history to be made.
With 10 receiving yards, Fitzgerald will reach a milestone of 17,000 in his 16-year career. He will have the opportunity to reach that mark this weekend against Seattle.
Fitzgerald will join an even smaller group of elites as Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith are the only other players in NFL history to eclipse that yards total as either a pass catcher or ball carrier in a single category. In their careers, Rice had 22,895 receiving yards while Smith has 18,355 rushing yards.
Despite having a down year, Fitzgerald still caught 67 passes for 711 yards and three touchdowns through 14 games this season. Not many receivers can still be as productive as him at the age of 36.
Last weekend against the Browns, he extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 241, which is the longest of any player with a single team. It is also the second-longest overall in an NFL career trailing only Jerry Rice, who had 274.
That catch extended Larry Fitzgerald’s streak of consecutive games with a reception to 241, the longest of any player with a single team (Jerry Rice, SF 225) and 2nd-longest overall in NFL history (Rice, 274). #CLEvsAZ pic.twitter.com/o6zBGnpt39— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) December 15, 2019
Fitzgerald is the greatest player to ever play for the Cardinals and will go down as future first-ballot NFL Hall of Famer. He may have lost some of his speed but can still catch with the best of them. Kliff Kingsbury will do his best to convince him to return for a 17th season and Cardinals fans will have their fingers crossed in the process.