Larry Fitzgerald pumps the brakes on NFL return: 'I just don't have the urge to play right now'

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Larry Fitzgerald has been taking his time on a possible return to the NFL — if the Arizona Cardinals legend chooses to return in any respect. Fitzgerald hasn’t introduced a choice to return to the Cardinals for the 2021 season, and taking the 12 months off looks as if a chance at this stage of the sport. 

“To be honest with you I just don’t have the urge to play right now,” Fitzgerald mentioned to Jim Gray on Sirius XM NFL Radio Friday, via ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss. “I don’t know how I’ll feel in September, October, November moving forward but I just, today, I just don’t have the urge.”

If Fitzgerald, who turns 38 later this month, had been to come back again to the Cardinals, it might be his 18th season with the workforce. Fitzgerald is coming off a profession low 54 catches for 409 yards and a landing in 2020 — as his 7.6 yards per reception was the bottom of his Hall of Fame profession. The 13 video games Fitzgerald performed in final season additionally tied a profession low.


The Cardinals have loads of choices if Fitzgerald decides to not come again. Arizona already has Christian Kirk and DeAndre Hopkins within the fold, and added A.J. Green in free company together with deciding on Rondale Moore within the second spherical of this 12 months’s draft. There could also be no room for Fitzgerald to obtain vital enjoying time, however having Fitzgerald on the Cardinals is healthier than not having him for a workforce with NFC West title aspirations. 

Fitzgerald has caught 1,432 passes for 17,492 yards and 121 touchdowns in his Hall of Fame profession, all with the Cardinals. He’s second solely to Jerry Rice in receptions and receiving yards and sixth all-time in receiving touchdowns. Fitzgerald holds 24 NFL data and 40 franchise data, etching himself as one of many biggest gamers in NFL historical past. 

Perhaps Arizona making a possible playoff run will change Fitzgerald’s thoughts in a number of months, however the urge is not there for him in the intervening time. If Fitzgerald does determine to retire within the coming months, he’ll go down as one of many biggest vast receivers in NFL historical past. 

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