Larry Fitzgerald on Arizona Cardinals' Week 1 win vs. Tennessee Titans: 'I was so happy'
The Arizona Cardinals' first game of the season was very different for Larry Fitzgerald on Sunday.
Instead of joining his teammates on the field like he has done since being drafted in 2003, the free agent wide receiver did "the normal stuff anybody would be doing when they're watching a football game," he told Jim Gray on his Let's Go podcast on Tuesday.
You know, "normal stuff" like "having a smoothie, doing some crunches, riding the Peloton," Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald, who last month said that "I just don't have the urge to play right now" paid close attention to his former team in their win against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 while riding that Peloton.
He said that he was particularly happy for Chandler Jones, who had five sacks in the game, and Kyler Murray, who threw four touchdown passes and added another on the ground.
“I was elated to see them playing that well, to jump out to that big lead and to see Chandler (Jones) get to his 100th sack, to be that dominant defensive player and frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year right now was fantastic,” Fitzgerald said on the podcast. “And to see Kyler be able to beat them with his feet and arms. It was a decisive victory and a great team victory. So I was happy to see them get it done.”
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Fitzgerald, 38, had been with the Cardinals, the team that drafted him, for 17 seasons, before not suiting up this season. He has not announced that he is retired.
He has played in 263 games, getting 1,432 receptions for 17,492 yards and 121 touchdowns, becoming one of the best wide receivers in NFL history and a first-ballot selection for the Hall of Fame.
With him now not playing, his clock for the Hall of Fame has started.
He can be, and certainly will be, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2026, if he doesn't return to the NFL.
“For now, I’ll be a radio broadcaster,” Fitzgerald said last month. “To be honest with you, I just don’t have the urge to play right now. I don’t know how I’ll feel in September, October, November moving forward, but as of today I just don’t have the urge.
“I think I have to be respectful of that. 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.”
Last month, Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim told The Republic that if Fitzgerald wants to play another season for the team, all he has to do is call.
“Every year it hasn’t been any different,” Keim said. “Larry represents himself and he and I will sit down and talk, and I’ve always told him, ‘Let me know what you want to do.’ That’s the kind of respect that he certainly deserves. Like (coach) Kliff (Kingsbury) said, the ball’s in his court. It’s truly up to him.
“He knows if he wants to be a Cardinal he can be a Cardinal. But at the same time, you don’t go tell Larry Fitzgerald or give him ultimatums. We’ve got too much respect for him to do that. If he wants to play, I know he’ll let us know he wants to play.”
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