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Larry Fitzgerald sends a powerful message to the Cardinals’ lead receiver

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Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t played football with the team since the 2020 season, but it’s almost fair to say he’ll still be with the team in spirit.

While Fitzgerald failed to win a Super Bowl in Arizona, the 38-year-old knows a thing or two about the playoffs. Fitzgerald still has one of the most notorious postseasons of all time during the Cardinals’ 2008 Super Bowl run, where he set the only postseason record for a wideout with 546 receiving yards, 30 receptions and 7 touchdowns. He even caught two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ loss in the Super Bowl.

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When Larry speaks, people listen. The 11-time Pro Bowler faced a Cardinals receiver the week before the wild card round playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Fitzgerald texted Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk during the week.

According to Paul Cavisi of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Fitzgerald reminded Kirk that the playoffs are a new season and opportunity. added Fitzgerald: “You can create a legacy for yourself.”

Kirk was a Fitzgerald teammate for three years and knows a thing or two about Fitzgerald’s leadership presence. When the Cardinals lost Kirk for the last four games of the 2018 season after a broken foot, Fitzgerald posted a message to the rookie receiver on Instagram.

“Christian…you have a destiny on this team and that destiny will not be stopped by this small setback,” Fitzgerald said. “You will be one of the strongest forces this team will carry for many years to come. I’m proud of who you are as a man and proud to call you a teammate and a brother. You will work through this. Stay focused and strong. We are all with you and expect great things from you.”

However, the 2021 Cardinals are going through a rough patch. The team is coming into the playoffs after losing four of their last five games and will not have star receiver DeAndre Hopkins due to an MCL injury. That means wide receivers need to get up in Hopkins’ absence, including Kirk, AJ Green, Antoine Wesley and rookie Rondale Moore, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury and is listed as a daily.

Kirk was just 18 yards from his first 1,000 yard season and will enter the free hand after the season. The 25-year-old widened the field for the Cardinals as he led the team with 103 goals. Quarterback Kyler Murray had a big relationship with Kirk.

Fitzgerald, on the other hand, hasn’t officially announced his retirement, but it’s very likely he’ll never play football again. Fiz was featured on his SiriusXM podcast, Let’s Go! Starring Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray.”

“Nothing has changed for me on that front, Jim,” Fitzgerald said.

The Los Angeles Rams signed retired six-time Pro Bowl safetyman Eric Weddle in lieu of starting Jordan Fuller’s season-ending ankle injury and Taylor Rupp, who is on record with a concussion.

After the sudden news, social media clamored for free agent Fitzgerald, who you say is close to retirement, to return to Arizona.

Fitzgerald won’t be able to make a difference on the football field in the playoffs.

But Kirk can use Fitzgerald’s words of wisdom that could result in a Cardinals playoff win.

Fitzgerald won’t be able to make a difference on the football field in the playoffs.

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