The Cardinals drafted Antrel Rolle a year after Larry Fitzgerald and Darnell Dockett, and all three grew up professionally in Arizona. They stayed together until after the 2009 season, when Rolle was cut thanks to a gigantic payday for the final season on his contract looming. Rolle used the resulting free agency to sign with the New York Giants, and will play his former team for the first time Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.
“I met a lot of friends,” Rolle said. “The people out there and the friendly atmosphere, it was just a great place to be.”
One of those friends is Fitz, who laughed Wednesday when talking about the long history he had with Rolle, dating before they became pro teammates. When the two played against each other for the first time in college — in 2002, when Rolle’s Miami Hurricanes beat Fitz’s Pitt Panthers, 28-21 — Rolle sent Fitzgerald off at one point with a bloody nose.
“He busted my nose and it was leaking all down my shirt,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s always been a running joke, the last 10 years, me telling him, ‘I’m gonna bust your nose back.’ I’m going to try and get him.”
Fitz was smiling as he said it of course, but making him bleed on national TV was something his friends wouldn’t let him forget, and he makes sure Rolle knows about the grief he caused. Just not on the field, because Fitzgerald said he won’t trash-talk with Rolle. “You know those Miami guys,” Fitzgerald said, using his hand to indicate the constant chatter. “I prefer to let the results speak for themselves.”
Fitz noted he had a TD in his “nose” game, even though Miami won.
Dockett calls Rolle “my boy” even though they played at arch-rival schools (Dockett went to Florida State). “He sent me a text message talking trash,” Dockett said. “Then he asks me for tickets.
“I miss all my boys I came in with, Karlos (Dansby), Antonio Smith, Calvin Pace. Business is business and you can’t keep them around forever, but as far as being friends, me and Antrel, we talk all the time about life issues, not about football.”
Except this week. “He talked his trash, and then he wants tickets,” Dockett added, shaking his head. So will he get them? “Yeah man. He’s my boy.”
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