After Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer announced their retirements, many wondered if Larry Fitzgerald would be next. At the age of 34 and coming off of a season where he hauled in 109 passes for 1,156 yards, becoming just the second player in league history to post at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards seasons in back-to-back-to-back campaigns beyond the age of 30, there wasn’t much left to prove for the future hall of famer.
But Arizona Cardinals fans can rejoice, knowing that the face of their franchise isn’t done just yet.
Earlier this morning, new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks appeared on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station with Dog Franz and Ron Wolfley and broke the news. “It’s a very exciting time for all of us. To all the Arizona Cardinals fans around the world, Larry mentioned to me last night that he is coming back for the 2018 season. You’re talking about a future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. He is totally committed — those are his words — so we’re excited and ecstatic to have him part of the Arizona Cardinals.”
By choosing to return, Fitzgerald will have an opportunity to gain ground in the NFL record books. He currently ranks third all-time in receiving yards (15,545) and receptions (1,234), and eighth in receiving touchdowns (110). He’s 389 yards short of Terrell Owens (15,934) for second on the all-time receiving yards list and 91 receptions away from catching Tony Gonzalez, who is also second in NFL history.
Wilks added, “Personally, I felt honored, to be honest, to know he is really committed to coming back, understanding right now that of course we don’t have a quarterback on the roster. It just shows you his character and the kind of person he is.”
To hear the interview click here.