Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald has committed to return for a 15th season in the NFL. The 11 time Pro Bowler informed his new head coach Steve Wilks of his decision last night after requesting space and time to consider his future.
The 34-year-old made the Pro Bowl in 2017, compiling yet another prolific season in which he caught 109 passes for 1156 yards and six touchdowns.
In his first 14 years, Fitzgerald has hauled in in 1,234 catches for 15,545 yards and 110 touchdowns.
These monster numbers place him in elite company in NFL history. 'Larry Legend' sits third all time in both receiving yards and total receptions, whilst he places eighth for receiving touchdowns.
The future Hall of Famer needs just 390 receiving yards to pass Terrell Owens and move into second on the yardage list, only trailing Jerry Rice. Considering his level of production in 2017 without consistent quarterback play, and the Cardinals outward aggression to address that position, Fitzgerald should pass Owens with ease in the first half of 2018.
He will need to string together yet another strong season in order to overtake legendary tight end Tony Gonzalez (1,325) for second on the all time receptions list though. Fitzgerald needs 92 receptions to better the former Chiefs and Falcons TE and that would still leave him will behind Rice (1,549).
But, considering his importance to the team in passing game, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him climb to number two on this list either.
The three-time All Pro should also move a few places up the all time receiving touchdowns list, on which he currently sits eighth all time. His 110 TD receptions leave him just shy of Gonzalez on 111 and Chargers TE Antonio Gates (114).
Five receiving TD's would move him into sixth place, and that might just be where he finishes. The top five seems a little out of reach for Fitz with Marvin Harrison in fifth with 128 TD's.
Again, 49ers legend Rice leads the way with 197 touchdown receptions in his glittering Hall of Fame career.
Fitzgerald, a former first round pick out of Pittsburgh, has already done enough to have his name mentioned amongst the best receivers in history.
The 2018 season gives him a chance to put a cherry on top of his Hall of Fame career by passing a number of the game's all time greats in various statistical categories.
And, with a strong chance of landing a Kirk Cousins in free agency, there might be one last playoff run in the legs of the greatest player in Cardinals history.
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