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Fitz laughs off paying-for-Pro Bowl TD story

Posted by Darren Urban on October 18, 2014 – 11:17 am

Back in the 2012 Pro Bowl, Larry Fitzgerald — at the height of there-is-no-Pro-Bowl-defense-being-played — had three touchdown catches. The last was a 36-yarder in which Fitz easily beat Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown had somehow talked his way into playing cornerback in a game the AFC was dominating at the time. You can see the TD at about the 49-second mark of this video here.

In itself, a forgettable play in a meaningless Pro Bowl. But then this week, former NFL coach Wade Phillips was doing a radio interview in Houston. With the Steelers playing the Texans this week, Brown became a topic of conversation with Phillips. And Phillips happened to be one of the coaches for Brown in that 2012 Pro Bowl. Phillips noted Brown wasn’t a very good defensive back.

“The first pass, he breaks it up, you know, makes a great play,” Phillips told SportsRadio 610. I said, ‘Wow this guy is a pretty good corner.’ The next play the guy torches him for about 40 yards. He just stands there and watches the guy catch the ball for a 40-yard touchdown. He comes off the field and I said, ‘Antonio what are you doing?’ He said, ‘Coach, he gave me five hundred dollars if I let him catch one.’ ”

Phillips never mentions any names, but it isn’t hard to figure out Fitzgerald was the receiver on the play. Now, I find it hard to think Fitz would pay $500 to catch a Pro Bowl TD, because for all the millions he has made, Fitz and his cash do not part easily. But I asked Fitz. He had not heard that story was going around. And he laughed at the idea, saying it wasn’t true.

“It’d cost a lot more than $500 for a touchdown,” Fitzgerald said, chuckling.

Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Brown


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11 Responses to “Fitz laughs off paying-for-Pro Bowl TD story”

  1. By T.Stone on Oct 18, 2014 | Reply

    How much did Revis get paid on the second one? He wasn’t trying either. I agree with Larry though, the NFL could have auctioned off for a fan to suit up and catch a TD from Romo during the game and made bank for charity.

  2. By krehbieo14 on Oct 18, 2014 | Reply

    Fitz is on a roll. Cornerbacks will be paying him to get him off the field as the season moves on!

  3. By Scott H on Oct 18, 2014 | Reply

    Please. Two things – Fitz was probably the most un-stoppable WR on the planet at the time. And it was the friggin Pro Bowl. Fitz could have had 5 or 6 TD’s if he wanted them and it would not have cost him a dime.

    Seriously…like a WR was going to step on the field, just for fun, and defend Larry Fitzgerald at his peak? No. Let’s move on.

  4. By GODLE on Oct 18, 2014 | Reply

    Brown has lied before so I dont believe the story. Brown said he met with up with the browns kicker that he drop kicked but the kicked denied it.

  5. By CreditCard on Oct 19, 2014 | Reply

    Another meltdown by the Cards D before the half allowing a 55-yard pass play. Then an interception — all allows the Raiders to gain 10-quick points and get back into the game. Good teams put teams away. Cards are not good yet.

  6. By CreditCard on Oct 19, 2014 | Reply

    Cards inability to put the Raiders away, (heard me 1st) will spell doom for the Cards. Raiders are moving he ball effortlessly in 3rd qtr. All teams an all players are good in the NFL. The lack of putting a game away, seems to always come back and haunt you.

  7. By CreditCard on Oct 19, 2014 | Reply

    Nice 80-yd drive, mostly rushing the ball = TD for Cards. 21-13. Time to hold, r get a turn-over.

  8. By CreditCard on Oct 19, 2014 | Reply

    Traded punts, ate up some time, but it sure would have been nice to at least put a FG on the board. Still can’t put a team away. I’m getting more nervous

  9. By CreditCard on Oct 19, 2014 | Reply

    2nd and 5 on 44 then we shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties. Ugh! lack of concentration

  10. By CreditCard on Oct 19, 2014 | Reply

    two minute warning — just carve up 7-yrds Cards.

  11. By thebreakneck on Oct 19, 2014 | Reply

    @creditcard you don’t get credit for being a fan(see what i did there) if all you are going to do is hand wring and act like you are a coach, you are not so stop with the put the game away crap the Raiders are not as bad as their record they played SD really close last week due to better coaching they have talent they played a pretty good game the cards will get healthy and back in synch at the right time if the phoney eagles beat us next week then i will say be worried but i highly doubt it.

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