John Skelton, newly crowned starting NFL quarterback — remember, it’s really the first time for him, since technically all his starts last year came only because of Kevin Kolb’s injuries — now is making the national media rounds, which included a phone stint on Dan Patrick’s radio show this morning (h/t to Mark Dalton on the photo below.) Eventually, the conversation came around to Larry Fitzgerald.
Skelton propped his Pro Bowler — “He’s the type of receiver that redefines what open is” — but the quarterback also had some fun with his teammate.
“The one thing they told me when I was first drafted was when I was throwing to Larry, one, don’t overthrow it, because he’s kind of sensitive about his speed,” Skelton said. “And two, he’ll go up and get it no matter what.”
It obviously drew a laugh out of Patrick, who wanted clarification. “He’s not the fastest guy on the field,” Skelton said. “He runs the best routes he gets open all the time, but he’s a little sensitive about it.”
All in good fun. Fitz heard about it and good-naturedly responded via Twitter: “haha
@johnskelton19 took a cheap shot at me this morning on radio? I’m going 2 race him after practice 2day 4 a game check. Lol”
I don’t know if I’d call him sensitive, but Fitz definitely doesn’t want to be seen as a slowpoke. I remember doing a story back in the offseason of 2009 recounting his magical postseason performances through the Super Bowl. I brought up the 64-yard touchdown that briefly gave the Cards the lead against the Steelers when Fitz grabbed the catch and sprinted for a touchdown that looked to be a storybook ending, mentioning that it was surprising. He didn’t think so.
“People don’t think I can run,” Fitzgerald said then. “You think of all the catches in my career, I am always catching contested, where I am jumping up and trying to out-leverage somebody for the ball. But if I can catch the ball running — hey, I ran a 4.44 coming out of college. I can go when I need to go.”
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