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Fitzgerald challenges Fells — in hoops

Posted by Darren Urban on September 17, 2015 – 3:11 pm

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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6 Responses to “Fitzgerald challenges Fells — in hoops”

  1. By Scott H on Sep 17, 2015 | Reply

    Perhaps these two fine gentlemen could turn this into a fund-raiser for something? I would pay to see it!

    Love how Fitz states with such quiet confidence that this game has to wait until mid Feb when their season will finally be over. Hey, I remember Fitz being interviewed by Howard Eskin ( a Philly media guy ) during the 2008 season. Eskin is a real politician who likes to form relationships with star athletes. And apparently, he has gotten to know Fitz a bit. Anyway, as they were wrapping up, Eskin asked Fitz if he were going to be around in Tampa during Super Bowl week. And cool as a cucumber, Fitz replied of course he was going to be in Tampa because the Cardinals were going to be playing in the SB. Sure enough, it happened.

    Could Fitz be speaking prophetic words once again? Stay tuned!

  2. By mike in mesa on Sep 17, 2015 | Reply

    Cool Story. I’m thinking Fitz might be biting off more than he can chew. If Fells started in college and played pro overseas he might be at a different level than Fitz. They should do something for charity. A one on one tourney with refs. I would pay to see this.

  3. By Eazy E on Sep 17, 2015 | Reply

    Fitz ain’t backing down from any challenge! I love him! You gotta have confidence to be great!

  4. By ditship on Sep 18, 2015 | Reply

    Funny story.. look forward to seeing it happen after we win SB50🙂

    Love the Grindhouse vibe of the last two “Coming Soon” vids posted on the site. They are very well put together and pretty funny as well.

  5. By georgiebird on Sep 18, 2015 | Reply

    Darren,
    I remember that November , 2009 Bears game that you mentioned. There was a Cards’ linebacker named Will Davis who had a great game. I thought Will was going to become something special. He literally disappeared after that game.

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