The 2020 Season Should Not Be Larry Fitzgerald’s Last

  • arizona cardinals
  • chandler jones
  • DeAndre Hopkins
  • Kenyan Drake
  • Kliff Kingsbury
  • Kyler Murray
  • Larry Fitzgerald
By Freddie Hall June 5, 2020 0 Comment

Larry Fitzgerald may look at retiring at the end of the 2020 season. That would be a mistake as the Cardinals have gotten much better and he is a key piece

It is no secret that Arizona Cardinals’ veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was considering retiring this year. Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury practically begged Fitzgerald to return, causing Larry to re-sign for the Cardinals on a one year deal. If Cardinals had allowed Fitzgerald to go into free agency he may have retired.

At 36 years old, it is fair to assume with every passing season it could well be Fitzgerald’s last. If he decided to retire, no one would blame him. He is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, with a career spanning just over a decade and a half and what a career it has been. Drafted with the third pick in the 2004 NFL Draft Fitzgerald has been there and done it all. Larry could retire happily knowing he gave it his all in his career. He’s been a star for years and even helped lift Arizona to the Super Bowl many years ago.

Real Talent

Looking at the Cardinal’s roster it would be hard not to be motivated to carry on playing with such explosive and athletic individuals. Trading for DeAndre Hopkins this season means Fitzgerald will not be relied on to be the number one receiver. A light relief for an older receiver looking to maybe take a back seat.

Young stars

Kyler Murray is one hell of an exciting quarterback. NFL fans only saw a glimpse of what this guy can do in the 2019 season. Murray will be looking to have a far more productive season in 2020. Murray linked up perfectly with Fitzgerald last season, gaining the receiver 804 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Adding Hopkins into the mix will mean that Fitzgerald may be more open to connect with Murray as defenses will be focused on Hopkins. When you also add Kenyan Drake, Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella into the mix the Cardinals are going to be a headache for any defense.

The Arizona Cardinals are clearly building and hopefully in turn with this they will improve exponentially. The Cardinal’s defense has also gotten better. They drafted a star in Isaiah Simmons which builds on a decent defense already that includes Chandler Jones, Jordan Hicks and Byron Murphy. However, Fitzgerald can continue to be a key cog in the Cardinal machine, using his years of experience he can use to enhance his teammates to go to the next level.


Injury has not been a concern for Fitzgerald, having not missed a game since 2014. A remarkable record considering his age, it shows that Larry is still committed thoroughly to the team and takes care of himself. A trend we are seeing throughout the NFL with many ageing players. However, Larry Fitzgerald is Mr Arizona. You cannot think of one without the other. Arizona is looking to make the push to the next level this season and into the next season.

The Cardinals train needs Larry Fitzgerald on it to help with developing their future. Larry still has the IT factor. Even at his age he still is achieving close to 1,000 receiving yards a season and is still constantly competitive. As a result, Larry Fitzgerald is going nowhere in the next few seasons. He knows that this team is extremely talented and he cannot miss out on the opportunity of going on the ride with these teammates. Especially when it could culminate further glory adding to his legacy.

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