Larry Fitzgerald on If He'd Consider NFL Comeback: 'Nothing's Changed on That Front'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVDecember 21, 2021

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) blows a kiss as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The 49ers won 20-12. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Larry Fitzgerald hasn't officially retired from the NFL, but it sure sounds like the future Hall of Famer is retired.

Fitzgerald was asked by co-host Jim Gray on his Let's Go! podcast about whether he'd be willing to suit back up in the league.

"Nothing’s changed on that front," the legendary wide receiver said (via Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals' official site).

With the regular season rapidly approaching in August, Fitzgerald indicated he was in no hurry to sign with a team.


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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost Chris Godwin for the season due to a torn ACL, and a sprained knee could sideline Cardinals star DeAndre Hopkins for the remainder of the regular season.

Arizona or Tampa Bay might look good to an aging wideout such as Fitzgerald. He could swoop in with only three games left and chase the Super Bowl ring that has so far eluded him.

But that would require the 38-year-old to have any interest in playing again.

Aside from the absence of a Super Bowl title, his legacy is already assured. He's an 11-time Pro Bowler and was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's All-Decade Team for the 2010s. He doesn't have anything left to prove and will inevitably be immortalized in Canton, Ohio.

It's not hard to see why Fitzgerald is content to sit back and enjoy life after football. And assuming he spends a full season out of the NFL, it's difficult to envision him suddenly getting the itch in 2022 and beyond.