Former NFL WR Larry Fitzgerald Joining ESPN's 'Monday Night Countdown'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 7, 2022

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 19: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals approaches the line of scrimmage during an NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys on October 19, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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Larry Fitzgerald hasn't formally retired from the NFL, but it's safe to assume fans have seen the last of the legendary wide receiver on the field.

The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported Wednesday that Fitzgerald agreed to join ESPN's Monday Night Countdown program. The former Arizona Cardinals star is expected to appear on five to seven shows this year.

Fitzgerald confirmed the news via social media:

Larry Fitzgerald @LarryFitzgerald

Monday Night Football is a huge reason so many people fall in love with the game…it’s surreal to be a part of that tradition.<br><br>See you in Week 1, <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ESPN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNNFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ESPNNFL</a>. Let’s go!!! <a href="https://t.co/9OHKbsixPE">pic.twitter.com/9OHKbsixPE</a>

The 39-year-old will replace Randy Moss, whom Marchand reported wanted a lighter schedule and preferred to work Sunday NFL Countdown only.

Fitzgerald spent 17 years in the NFL, all with Arizona. Having opted against signing with a team ahead of the 2021 season, he alluded to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss in February about how he was finished as a player but didn't want to classify it as a "retirement."

"I'm 38 years old," he said. "I'm a long way from retirement. Yeah, a long way."

Fitzgerald is second all-time behind Jerry Rice in receptions (1,432) and receiving yards (17,492). He was an 11-time Pro Bowler and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's All-Decade team for the 2010s.

Fans will get to see the former pass-catcher start his new career ahead of the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos' clash on Monday night in Week 1.