Larry Fitzgerald Talks Retirement, Says He Won't Shed a Tear When the Time Comes

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2017

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) waves during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints , Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald isn't planning for his retirement just yet, but he knows his eventual announcement won't come with a tear-filled goodbye.   

"That's not how I am," he said, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. "I'm just one player out of 1,600 in the National Football League and it's a lot bigger than me. It's never going to be like that."

Fitzgerald is almost certainly headed to the Hall of Fame when he calls it quits based on his individual accomplishments. The 10-time Pro Bowler currently ranks third in NFL history with 1,125 career catches.

He also ranks in the top 10 in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

However, the 33-year-old explained that he is still searching for his first Super Bowl ring.

"That's the only reason I'm playing at this point," he said of a championship. "From a personal standpoint and the things I've accomplished, they're fine. But the thing that you will say is out of your control because you're in a team sport, is a championship."

It's difficult to know what to expect out of the Cardinals next season. The team is just two years removed from a 13-3 record and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game, but the squad finished just 7-8-1 in 2016.

Despite the uncertainty, team success remains the only thing on Fitzgerald's mind.

"I don't know what the future holds," he said. "That's why this year is so much more important because we don't have to think about what we're doing after Feb. 4. It doesn't matter."

Considering the receiver led the league with 107 catches last season, Fitzgerald clearly can play a major role for Arizona.

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