Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald is no diva
Great, outstanding, clutch, amazing and ridiculous come to mind.
One word that will not be used, though, is "diva". And, in a time when some of the game's best past catchers have had a "me-first" attitude, it's refreshing to have a star who is about the team.
"I think there's truly been a changing of the guard," Fitzgerald told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Monday of that type of wideout.
Fitz noted stars like Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Greg Jennings and Roddy White, all of whom "quietly go about their business" and don't make waves off the field.
But why be that way?
"It's bigger than us," Fitzgerald said. "There's 53 men on this roster. For me to score a touchdown I need my right tackle to block, I need my back to pick up the protection, I need the quarterback to throw me a nice pass. Then I have to do my job at the end, but it's a ripple effect.
"Everybody has to do their job for me to be successful so I don't like to beat my chest."
And, he admits, he has to work harder than some to be as good as he is.
"I've never been the most talented guy; I have a lot of God-given ability and I'm talented, but I'm not going to beat anybody in the 40-yard dash or shuttle or vertical jump," he said. "But I'm just a football player and I know for me to be successful I have to work, I have to continue to push myself."
So Fitzgerald, who said he is not satisfied with what he's accomplished thus far in his career or with how much money he's made, will keep working at his craft, hoping to remain great while the team around him improves enough to get back to the Super Bowl.
The trip there a few years ago is something that sticks with the receiver, though he said he doesn't think about losing the game as much has he does the journey to get to it.
"I remember never being as happy being at University of Phoenix Stadium after beating the Philadelphia Eagles in that (NFC) championship game," he said. "That feeling, I just wish I could have it again."
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