Darren Fells’ story of how he came to be a tight end is well known. He didn’t play football for a decade after high school, because first he played college basketball at UC-Irvine and then professionally hoops overseas. He had a breakout game Sunday, but let’s face it, he has the experience on the court.
But many football players fancy themselves as handy on the hardwood, whether it’s Tony Jefferson shooting baskets in the locker room or Tyrann Mathieu exclaiming his basketball exploits on Twitter. Larry Fitzgerald had his moments playing high school hoops himself, and apparently that long-ago success has been burned into his brain, because the 6-foot-3 Fitz admitted he’s challenged the 6-7 Fells.
“We’ve got a standing bet between me and Darren,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t think he can get me, to be honest with you. He’s not quick enough. He can’t back me down — that’s the only way he could get me. His left hand is a little suspect. The jumper, it’s OK. I have a much better jump shot than he does.”
This challenge actually could end up being real at some point. “He actually put a game check on it,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m going to see how much his wife and his new baby girl appreciate me snatching the game check from him.”
But are you going to put a game check up, Fitz? “We didn’t talk about that,” Fitz said, laughing.
(That’s classic Fitz, by the way. For comparison, Fells’ game check is worth $30,000. Fitz’s game check is worth $58,823. Lucky for Fitz his restructured contract “only” has a $1 million salary this season.)
Fitzgerald shrugged off the idea he’d ask Fells to spot him points. “I wouldn’t ask for points. Straight up. Ones and twos.
“I’m thinking mid-February. I’ll still be in good shape after the long playoff run.”
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