No doubt Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one of the best athletes to ever play for an Arizona sports franchise and his numbers stack up with the best who have played the position in the NFL. But some aren’t necessarily impressed.
In a “First Take” segment about free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant, ESPN’s Max Kellerman turned the subject matter to veteran NBA guard Vince Carter. He compared Carter to Fitzgerald saying, he “might make the Hall of Fame because of his longevity and willingness to keep playing despite not being an MVP-caliber player anymore.”
Perhaps Kellerman hadn’t really looked at the numbers before he spoke. Fitzgerald, 35, ranks second all-time in receiving yards (16,279). That puts him behind only Jerry Rice (22,895) and ahead of Terrell Owens (15,934) and Randy Moss (15,292), both of whom were indicted into the Hall of Fame last summer.
@LarryFitzgerald might make the Hall of Fame?!?!???
Larry #2 ALL TIME IN
RECEIVING YARDS &
MADE 11 PRO BOWLS WITH 19 DIFFERENT QUARTERBACKS !!
Wow @maxkellerman !
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— Will Blackmon (@WillBlackmon) May 7, 2019
In addition, Fitzgerald has been selected for the Pro Bowl eleven times and stands third in career receptions (1,303), and sixth in receiving touchdowns (116)
Fitzgerald has played his entire career for the Cardinals, selected with the third overall pick out of Pittsburgh in 2004. The only players picked ahead of him were quarterback Eli Manning (by San Diego out of Ole Miss) and offensive tackle Robert Gallery (out of Iowa by Oakland Raiders).