Maybe it wasn’t ever going to be much of a contest.
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com set out to name the best player in every NFC team’s history, and the Arizona Cardinals’ selection really doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
ARIZONA CARDINALS: Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver
When you think of Fitzgerald’s career, you probably begin to ponder hard-luck athletes across sports. Of course, that’s really the story with every great player in Cardinals history — there just haven’t been enough winning seasons to go around. That said, the first thought that comes to my mind is Fitzgerald’s performance in the 2008 postseason: 30 catches for 546 yards and seven touchdowns! Another Larry, Hall of Fame safety Larry Wilson, was the toughest competition here.
Harrison notes Fitzgerald’s historic postseason run, which was truly something to behold.
But besides that, the former No. 3 overall selection in 2004 has amassed 846 receptions, 11,367 yards and 87 touchdowns in 10 seasons, all of which have come with the Cardinals.
An eight-time Pro Bowler and one-time First-Team All-Pro, Fitzgerald is also the first (and only) Cardinal to appear on the cover of EA Sports’ Madden NFL Football video game, which he did so for the “Madden 10” in 2009.