The NFL might have seen the last of one of its greatest wide receivers.
Larry Fitzgerald said Friday on his new SiriusXM Radio show, “Let’s Go,” that he doesn’t have “the urge to play right now” and that “for now, I’ll be a radio broadcaster,” according to the Cardinals. Fitzgerald and Tom Brady both appear on the weekly show with host Jim Gray.
“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. And I think I have to be respectful of that,” Fitzgerald told Gray. “Football is not one of those games you want to walk out there and play and not be fully engaged and ready to prepare and do the things necessary that you need to do.”
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The 37-year-old Fitzgerald is an unrestricted free agent. He has spent his entire 17-year NFL career with the Cardinals and ranks second all time in both receiving yards (17,492) and receptions (1,432) behind only Jerry Rice. His 121 receiving touchdowns are sixth all time.
Fitzgerald has had a long track record of durability; only three times during his career has he played in fewer than 15 games during a regular season, and he has never missed more than three regular-season games. Last year, he played in 13 games and posted career lows in receptions (54), receiving yards (409) and receiving touchdowns (one). Should he return to Arizona, he’d join DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk in a loaded wide receiver room.
ESPN reported in July that Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said the “ball’s in his court” as to whether Fitzgerald wants to return for another season with Arizona or move on — to retirement or another team.