You can argue that more players should be involved in the polling for the NFL Network’s “Top 100” players — currently unveiling their list from 2014 — but one thing cannot be argued: Larry Fitzgerald continues to command heavy respect with his peers, and it’s hard to see that changing. Once again, Fitz has made it on to the Top 100 list, this year at 68th. It’s the fifth straight year Fitzgerald has been on the list, and admittedly, his status has moved from 14th to seventh to 22nd to 38th to his current spot.
But again, Fitzgerald, in an era of prolific receiving numbers, hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since 2011 and yet still grabs the attention of the other players that he would be on this list (and undoubtedly, by the time the list is complete, other receivers with better stats will be left off.) Bruce Arians has said a number of times Fitz’s stats won’t return to gaudy numbers, but the franchise still wants to make sure Fitz is around. It was also clear that right before Carson Palmer got hurt last season, he and Fitz were finally clicking at a nice rate of return.
He’s the team’s emotional leader these days, which often can impact as much as a big catch. And even if his numbers have shrunk a bit, he’s still good for plenty of those too.
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