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After all that, Fitzgerald makes another Pro Bowl

Posted by Darren Urban on January 22, 2013 – 11:01 am

It wasn’t Larry Fitzgerald’s finest year in the NFL — not with 71 catches, 798 yards and four touchdowns, all well below his regular output — but his reputation around the league has always been good. So it wasn’t a shock to see that Fitzgerald was still an alternate for the Pro Bowl when those announcements came out at the end of the season. And, with the many players who end up missing the Pro Bowl, it wasn’t a shock to see Tuesday that Fitz will once again be a Pro Bowler, replacing Chicago’s Brandon Marshall. Marshall reportedly needs hip surgery, and he becomes the second Pro Bowl wideout to have to give up his spot because of health reasons (Detroit’s Calvin Johnson is the other.) Tampa’s Vincent Jackson replaced Johnson. The other NFC receivers are Atlanta’s Julio Jones and the Giants’ Victor Cruz.

It will be Fitzgerald’s seventh Pro Bowl in nine NFL seasons. He joins fellow Cardinals Patrick Peterson and Daryl Washington in Hawaii.

The berth will give Fitzgerald a chance to extend his NFL record of career touchdown receptions in the league’s all-star game. Fitzgerald already has seven TD catches. Last year, he had six catches for 111 yards and three scores.

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37 Responses to “After all that, Fitzgerald makes another Pro Bowl”

  1. By SteveG on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Deserved if not earned (not a knock on Fitz…he can only catch what come somewhere near him)….

  2. By kauaicardsfan on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Welcome back to the Islands Fitz!!! Aloha!

  3. By Eazy E on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    At least he’ll have one week of QB play with above hell QB play.

  4. By Dynosoar on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    And if it’s somewhere near him he’ll probably still find a way to catch it.

  5. By azqfan on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    I like Fitz, but this is a joke. He had a terrible year. There is no way around that. Yes I know our qb’s SUCKED. Let’s be honest though, Fitz did drop more balls this year, than any other I can remember. He is a sure fire hall of famer, but his numbers this year are nowhere close to pro bowl numbers.

  6. By TruckingCardsFan on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    He deserves it and some time with a good QB.again. Fly Cards

  7. By exatraz on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats to Fitz and congrats to me for getting to meet him later this week at the Pro Bowl. I am very excited.

  8. By djjackson81 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Steve dude with a average QB Fitz catches balls near him. The deep throw it up throws Larry always pulls in over the DB. There isn’t another team in the NFL that wouldn’t want Larry on there roster. Larry’s numbers were down this last year because most teams double cover Larry and AZ QB’ s were garbage.

  9. By djjackson81 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Pro bowl linemen pro bowl QB and Larry has a big day watch

  10. By Bill L on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    First NO ONE Plays in the Pro Bowl……..Second, after 2 years, how good is Fitz? 20 Million Cap GOOD?…….Third, by the time the Cards get an O-Line and a QB, how good will Fitz be?………I remember Fitz saying he wanted to play in MEANINGFUL Games…B4 the Contract….well, how many in the last 2 years, and the NEXT(2-4?)…….Maybe what Fitz meant was………… SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!!

  11. By johnnybluenose on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    hey azqfan. you are absolutely correct. they should just cancel this glorified touch football game. they actually have records for what these guys do in meaningless pro bowl games? do away with this stupid game and take all the millions of dollars that are wasted on this extravaganza and put it towards a new school or hospital or something useful. or, better yet, maybe just give the money to poor phil mickelson so he does not have to whine so much about having to pay taxes, taxes that might actually benefit people in need. i guess we shouldn’t expect mickelson to be nominated for golf’s equivalent of the walter payton award. not that i am aware that golf even has such an award. there. no more rants from me today.

  12. By nycardinals212 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    johnnybluenose,

    You might find this to be enlightening:

    http://philmickelson.com/content.aspx?id=224

  13. By Godlet on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    That is so stupied

  14. By Josh T. on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Fitzgerald is not only one of the top recievers to be in the game right now, but it arguably going to be remembered as one of the best to play the game. Despite being a talented player he has an incredible work ethic (ask people who are in the know, this guy shows up to flagstaff to train and acclimate almost a week early each year, he hosts trainging camps and intensives all over as well), and is 100% a class act. We shouldn’t be ashamed to award guys who give the game a good name. Not his best year is an understatement, but there are 21 other guys on that field that are either helping or hindering that, not to mention the think tank on the sidleline. The stars aligned against him this year, and he still had almost 800 yds and 4 tds. Ask any other number one wr in the nfl to step into his role on our team and some of you may rethink your standing on this. Also, stop complaining about the pro-bowl. It’s meaningless to you because you have nothing vested in it. This is a chance for our top guys in the league to be rewarded for their hard work with a trip to a beautiful place, and a chance to just play the game with the best of the best just for the pure love of the sport. You really think it’s not meaningful to them just because its not the superbowl? While we are at it, lets take away company picknicks, bonus’s, and holiday events thata re “meaningless” becuase they don’t help you advance your career. Let’s build a hospital instead of trying to recognize and be grateful to everyday, hardworking people, who deserve a “thank-you.” Not a great comparison I know, but hopefully you get where I am going with this…

  15. By Christopher on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    If Fitz plays, I might watch the game. He is the only one that puts in effort at all into the game.

  16. By jasonsoroski on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    So glad to see this!

    And why are we debating Phil Mickelson? The guy has the right to spend his money how he chooses. And so do you. Go find a different board to gripe on.,

  17. By bluepitt on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    I know this is going to be un-popular but the truth is often just that!

    Fitz is not a first ballot HOFER!!!!!! No way no how!!!!! Just look at his stats.
    he has more balls thrown to him than Boldin and less catches in the same amount of games played to date! Boldin and Fitz’s stats are Identical in almost every way! You can say fitz has more TD’s sure! But he was targeted almost every time we got in the RED Zone! (and that was by Whiz’s choice we know he didn’t like Q) Boldin trumps Fitz’s YAC, but for the most part playing in the exact same amount of games the stats are the same.

    Sure Fitz had a record setting Playoff run (Don’t forget Boldin was hurt for the 2 games he put up the huge numbers) but the next year his numbers in the playoffs were pedestrian at best! Go ahead and blame it on QB’s as that does play a part. But to me you have to do way more than Fitz has done to be among the Rice’s in the world! Or even be in the talk of top 10 WR’S in the NFL. I watched Boldin Kill it with some crappy QB’s as well (Jeff Blake, King, Mc Cown etc.)

    Funny how one playoff run and he is worth 100mill Boldin is the most important WR on the super bowl bound Ravens team!!! Just look up the stats!!! LOL
    Fits pay in 2012 $13,250,000 to boldins $7,5000,000 and who is in the playoffs?
    Funny how Q has seen the playoffs 5years in a row now! That is what makes a HOFER!!!
    Lets see who is better in the playoffs as a whole?
    Fitz Play off stats: 47 catches 786yds 11TD’s
    Boldins Play off Stats: 48 catches 729yds 6TD’s

    Now think about it, almost the same amount of balls thrown Fitz was the primary target in most of his Play off games, Boldin was hurt for 2 of the games and later went to a team that ran more than threw and had a burner in Torry Smith.

    Boldin lit it up in the first playoff game this year and tore up the Pats in the champ game! Why didn’t he get the Fitz praise? With out Q the Ravens are sitting at home right now?
    And in the ATL game in 2008 With out that Q 71 yard TD we were sitting at home as well!

    I’m simply saying you can give Fitz as many excuses as you want about the QB’s but at one point we were 4-0 and at that point Fitz had poor numbers as well
    just look:
    40 balls thrown his way only 22 catches for 245yds and 2TD’s
    At that rate he finishes with:
    160 thrown his way 88 caught for 980 Yards and 8 TD’s way away from a Pro Bowl Player!!!!!!
    HE IS NOT AND HAS NOT BEEN WORTH HIS PAY!!!!!(after Q left)
    Now if you had Boldin here to take off the heat he would be that great player every one thinks he is! Kind of funny how with out Q he is NUTN!!!
    But Q hasn’t changed a bit, just went to a Run based team with a Burner on the out side and he is still a leader!!! I cant wait for him to seal his HOFER deal with the RING!!!!!

  18. By bluepitt on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    And on a second note, before you say it, Boldin got his yards the hard way going across the middle, and YAC, that explains why he was hurt some times and why fitz has more TD’s. Boldin had to work for his stats, all Fitz had to do was out jump a D-Back. You send Fitz over the middle like Boldin and I dont see his stats even close to what they are now. His Yard after catch proves that.

  19. By Josh T. on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    Let me begin by saying that I have tremendous respect for Boldin as a player and a person, and was fuming when NFL.com’s photo- article on the 50 toughest players in football didn’t include Q. I think was is lost in the comparison between him and Fitzgerald is that Fitz plays, and has played for quite a while now, in double coverage on almost every single play. Boldin ends up with a lot more one on one matchups in Baltimore, just like he did in Arizona. That benefits him. Also, the two guys are differentlt kinds of physical talents. Boldin is built for the YAC- he is tough, protects the football, and is built more like a running back than a wide out. You can’t be dismissive of Larry’s ability to get up above defenders and pull down a catch though. That doesn’t make him less of a talent, it give him an edge against the db’s who are slowly but surely getting taller and even more athletic as the years go by. Not only that but you just can’t deny his agility and vision are incredible. Larry has too many highlights to be solely the product of other people’s success. I hope Boldin the best in this superbowl because not matter what colors he wears, he will always be a Cardinal to me. Fitz is going to quiet a lot of people next year though when he pulls another 1,300 to 1,400 yard season and has 8 TDs. (barring injury) Especially since Floyd is really going to come into his own on the other side of the field. (my opinion)

  20. By HakaSmit on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s take a look at this blue pitt, Boldin has Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, and Torrey Smith. Who does Larry have….. ill wait…. exactly he has (injury prone) Kevin Kolb, Beanie Wells, and early doucet. Ray Rice has Beanie Wells’ best rushin yds on a bad day, Flacco’s thrown more tds than Kolb has started games, and torrey smith is a burner, in which leaves the middle open for boldin, while doucet struggles for catches. Everyone knows we had poor qb play this year… But as you see Boldin plays with other Pro bowlers, while larry has to play with meant to be backups…. And let’s not forget larry’s td catch over those two ATL defenders in 2008 Your boy Q wasnt the only omne that had a good game. Larry for H.O.F.

  21. By Albert bC. Howard on Jan 24, 2013 | Reply

    Larry Fitzgerald deserves much more than another All pro game slection. He deserves a TEAM to play with. He will go down as “one of the greatest players in NFL history. I just hope he doesn’t leave before his time like Barry Sanders because of a “BAD team”.He should have had aSuperbowl champoinship and game MVP by now. He is the nicest and most caring guy in the league and will be the Walter Payton- “MAN OF THE YEAR this year. Congratulations Larry and keep doing your thing.

  22. By Patricia H on Jan 24, 2013 | Reply

    Go Fitz Go!

  23. By bluepitt on Jan 24, 2013 | Reply

    @ Josh T & HakaSmit
    Let me start off by saying that Fitz is a great foot ball player and better man off the field,
    HOW FAST WE FORGET!
    You must not have read any stories about Fitz and Boldin while they were here in AZ. For the first 5 years Boldin was here in AZ he was the one doubled and was the primary receiver. opening up the yards for Fitz Do you remember 05-06? Boldin got 1,402 yards loosing to Fitz by 7 yards (1.409) BTW Boldin only played in 14 Games It took Fitz all 16 to get his 7 more yards. Fitz has never averaged 100yds a game in a season But boldin did in only 14 games with Fitz getting 1,400+ yards that year as well!
    A feat the great Fitz has never done with even a mediocre WR on the other side.

    I can give you countless articles about how teams would have to put a saftey over fits and shadow Boldin with a Backer in most games played after 06, before that it was only Boldin that was Doubled. Boldin is Doubled in Baltamore most of the time as well, Look it up I watch every Rav game I can. Just last year there was a interview with Torrey Smith in it, Torrey said he owes Boldin for much of his success due to the attention he pulls in double coverage opening things up for him and Ray to get more opportunities! (Look up Ray’s receiving stats before boldin and after, they doubled with Q there, taking opportunities away from Q)
    I am in no way dismissive at Fitz’s ability to time the catch (he really doesn’t out jump any one) he has great timing.. Well had.. I haven’t seen it in a while. I can promise you that I can match Larrys “Highlights” play for play with Q’s One handers-smashing-opponents Highlights. Highlights don’t make a better WR, Production does, and like I said they are neck and neck. I find it harder to catch a ball over the middle knowing you might get smashed, than timing a jump and landing being touched down 90% of the time. Any WR in the NFL will tell you the middle is where the hard yards come from. So you can say what Fitz does is harder but I just don’t agree. If you want to say fitz is the best you have to put it at a tie with Q.

    In Baltimore there are 2 other Prow Bowl players to get the ball to, some will say that opens things up for Q, but I say just the opposite, We pass 9 out of 10 times targeting Fitz exclusively. The Ravens have a great run game taking the pass down to a 55-45% rat. giving Q less of an opportunity to get the ball.
    On the QB, do you realize the 6 games kolb played in his QB rat was 86.1 with a 60% completion rating? That’s darn good for any QB in the NFL and if I remember correctly Kolb had the 1st or 2nd best QB rat in the NFL over those 6 games! Fitz was targeted 67 times and caught only 36 of those passes with a QB that had a top 2 % rating in the NFL! If you look at Roberts stats with those same crappy QB’s he was targeted 114 to Fitz 156 Roberts pulled in 64 to Fitz 71 and only had 40 less yards than Fitz? You can say double coverage all you want, but I personally watched Fitz drop tons of catchable balls this year, most of witch were from Kolb (top 2 QBR at that time)? HUMMMMMM If Fitz goes 1st ballot then so should Q, that is my only point I’m not saying Fitz is not a great WR I just saying in my opinion that he is in the lower 6-10 with Boldin a couple notches above, once again “In my opinion”. I enjoyed your posts greatly as they gave some good views and did nit attack my views… He does deserve the Man of the year award! He is a great person.

  24. By clssylssy on Jan 24, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations to Fitz who deserves to be in the Probowl because the quality of his play is elite. And, I’m not just some rah-rah fan; the people in the know, the analysts and the league insiders, including such notables as Jerry Rice, Chris Carter, Terry Bradshaw, Bill BilichekJon Gruden, as well as his foootball peers agree Fitz is one of the best to play the game and a future HOFer. I, love the Probowl because it is an opportunity to see the top professionals coming together to celebrate the game of football…it’s tradition and for some of us, it’s like a light dessert before a long fast.
    I will savor every minute of it this celebration and enjoy seeing Fitz play with Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Matty Ice and IMAGIINE how great the Cardinals COULD BE. I’ll also be cheering my “other bird team”, the Ravens, in the SB hoping that Q gets a much deserved ring along with Torrey Smith, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs et all with a great coach; seens Boldin did find life after The Cardinals in door #2! Something I bet Fitz is thinking about.

  25. By Josh T. on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    Bluepitt-
    Did I mention that I wear a #81 Boldin Jersey each and every week (it’s Cardinal red though)? I agree that Q is hall of fame material. And Haka continued with a really nice point about the Ravens run game. At the end of the day these guys, like you said, are both quality recievers who deserve to be acknowledged. The only real sad part of this story is that they are not still on the same team tearin it up like the good old days. I also enjoyed the talk sir. See ya around.

  26. By HakaSmit on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    You two are right they are both great and yes blue pitt Boldin should also be voted into the hall of fame, i just had to point out a few things and i also learned a little more from you so thanx…… GO CARDS

  27. By TightEndAdvocate on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats to L. Fitzgerald! Statistics were not as presentable as he, I, and/or nor any of us would have liked..,however, his reputation remains intact! I personally feel like the retention of Freddie Kitchens speaks to the effect of an increase in Rob Housler (TE) involvement. Pro Bowl may be a “Dog and Pony” show, yet so are the presidential candidate debates! Point being, that only the best of the best are showcased!

  28. By TightEndAdvocate on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    Emphasis on Tight End involvement makes for better all-round play, you’ll see in 2014!

  29. By TightEndAdvocate on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    *”all-around play”, as well as “in 2013″ pardon a feller, ya’ll!

  30. By Scott H on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    VERY sad to see that Fitz had to make this year’s PB as an alternate. because it has nothing to with him. He wasn’t injured. He hasn’t lost a step. He hasn’t faded from the top tier of WR’s in the league. And there are not suddenly a whole bunch of other WR’s that are better than he is. NO. This is simply an illustration of just how utterly bad the Cardinals were this past season. Bad enough that even Larry Fitzgerald was rendered a non-factor during many / most of 2012. No defense has ever been good enough to do that. But our own offense was BAD enough to do it.

    Just watch – with a REAL QB throwing the passes, Fitz will once again be an un-stoppable force during the game, causing people to wonder where he was during the regular season. Those people need look no further than the list of QB’s who played for the Cardinals in 2012 to find the answer.

    It don’t matter who our coach is / coaches are. Not nearly as much as who our QB is going to be. Really, does anyone doubt that??? heck, we just saw how brilliant Ken Whisenhunt appeared to be when Kurt Warner was playing at an elite level. And how pathetic he became when Warner was gone and our QB situation was among the worst in the NFL over the last three seasons.

    I really don’t think it will be any different with Arians. Or anyone else. We need a QB. Period. And it ain’t a really good time to need one of those…

  31. By Scott H on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    bluepitt –

    And what explains the big games that Fitz had consistently when Boldin was out with injuries? Perhaps you saw the playoff game in Carolina a few years ago???

    I LOVE Anquan Boldin and everything he was and everything he did for this team. But it is foolish to claim that Boldin had to work for what he accomplished while everything came so easy for Fitz. Gimme a break. I might expect something so foolish from an outsider, but NOT from someone who is obviously a fan of this team.

  32. By bluepitt on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    @classylssy
    You lost me at Russell Wilson, one good year doesnt make a HOFER or Pro-Bowler IMO. hahahaha
    @Haka
    TY
    @ Josh T,
    The fact that Q left (was booted) and treated so poorly ( Whiz and Graves) is possibly why I wont embrace Fitz, When we had no Light there was always a spark in every game Q played in, and just for a moment you could stand up and tell the Bears fan next to you to shut up because Q just trucked Urlacker!! hahaha

  33. By bluepitt on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    @ Scott H,
    Simple.. Steve B was targeted 6 times and got 4 of them for a whopping 28 yards,
    he had a whopping 7 catches for 69 yards in those playoff games (excluding the Super Bowl). Fitz only caught 8 passes and got 166 yards in that game, those are great stats for sure, that is like a player catching 4 40yd passes that is 160 yards dude only had 1 TD in that game, 8 20yard passes dont make a HOFER. You cant deny the fact Q was hurt and Fitz was WARNER’S only viable target! Yes he was doubled But 166 yard games for 1 TD are not that un common it just was on a larger stage than regular season games. You could say the next game was even better, 9 for 152 and 3TD’s VS Philly, but the 62 yard flea flicker play was in single coverage on a trick play! Pitched out and thrown back to Warner, that play could have been to any of our WR’s and have the same out come! (BTW he was covered buy Demps who was lost on the play! The MVP in the Carolina game was the D! I’m going to point out a couple things:
    Game 1 ATL
    Fitz 6 for 101 and 1TD!
    Q 1 for 71 and a TD went out with a hammy pull!

    Does that say any thing to you?
    Look Larry stepped up for 2 games in those playoffs, he was a HOF QB’s only true passing option, and he stepped up to the challenge, so for 2 good games and 4TD’s he is way better than Q? and a 1st ballot HOFER over Q?
    I don’t think so!
    Foolish? So tell me is it easer to catch a ball VS DB’s wile timing a jump or go over the middle where you aer no matter what going to het hit by more than one LiNEBACKER ? HUH? HUH? Yah that is what I thought!
    And don’t
    A.) Call Me Foolish!
    B.) Spin my words for your gain to try and make me seem foolish!
    Fitz worked for every thing he has in the NFL and so has Q, But the fact is Q’s Path was way harder than Fitz’s path and the stats are neck and neck! That being said I would vote for Q over Fitz any day for every FootBall acomplishment!
    Ill give you a break, how is this one, If Fitz went over the middle as much as Q does do you think he would have the stats he has now? Do you think he would have the Starts he has now? Do you think he would be hurt and miss games like Q was and did? Yes we all know this would be the case, and with out those starts he would have way less stats than he does now putting him way behind Q, making this post not even happen!

    I would expect more knowledge from any one who has watched Football even a couple times, FACT the hardest Yards are over the middle under the backers and safeties! Q’s domain! If you don’t know this then I don’t know what to say! Q’s catches and body has taken 2 to 4X the abuse that Fitz has had to inure, This is a FACT and is not debatable in any forum or any discussion! Pure FACT!!! WOW?
    I was having a good time debating with people of class and you come in here and try to call me Foolish! get a Football clue BRO!!!!!

  34. By bluepitt on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    PS: Off season Larry works 10X harder than Q does! and Q has the same stats, goes over the middle and brings it to defenders and can take over a whole drive. So who is better at Foot Ball really?! lol..Just a little tid bit for ya to chew on!

  35. By bluepitt on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    Last post, Look Dude, all im saying is in the same ammount of games played the stats are close to the same, with one having a harder path, and harder doesnt mean worked harder, it simply means more contact, more abuse on the body more YAC (yards after carry). So if you put one in the HOF, the other cant be denied the same credit for his work, and if the one that gets snubbed had the harder path, then that is just sad!!!!

  36. By Sam on Jan 27, 2013 | Reply

    You shouldn’t be in the pro bowl with 798 yards and 4 touchdowns…. Smdh

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