Fitz, Rolle and a busted nose (plus Dockett’s tickets)

Posted by Darren Urban on September 28, 2011 – 6:26 pm

The Cardinals drafted Antrel Rolle a year after Larry Fitzgerald and Darnell Dockett, and all three grew up professionally in Arizona. They stayed together until after the 2009 season, when Rolle was cut thanks to a gigantic payday  for the final season on his contract looming. Rolle used the resulting free agency to sign with the New York Giants, and will play his former team for the first time Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“I met a lot of friends,” Rolle said. “The people out there and the friendly atmosphere, it was just a great place to be.”

One of those friends is Fitz, who laughed Wednesday when talking about the long history he had with Rolle, dating before they became pro teammates. When the two played against each other for the first time in college — in 2002, when Rolle’s Miami Hurricanes beat Fitz’s Pitt Panthers, 28-21 — Rolle sent Fitzgerald off at one point with a bloody nose.

“He busted my nose and it was leaking all down my shirt,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s always been a running joke, the last 10 years, me telling him, ‘I’m gonna bust your nose back.’ I’m going to try and get him.”

Fitz was smiling as he said it of course, but making him bleed on national TV was something his friends wouldn’t let him forget, and he makes sure Rolle knows about the grief he caused. Just not on the field, because Fitzgerald said he won’t trash-talk with Rolle. “You know those Miami guys,” Fitzgerald said, using his hand to indicate the constant chatter. “I prefer to let the results speak for themselves.”

Fitz noted he had a TD in his “nose” game, even though Miami won.

Dockett calls Rolle “my boy” even though they played at arch-rival schools (Dockett went to Florida State). “He sent me a text message talking trash,” Dockett said. “Then he asks me for tickets.

“I  miss all my boys I came in with, Karlos (Dansby), Antonio Smith, Calvin Pace. Business is business and you can’t keep them around forever, but as far as being friends, me and Antrel, we talk all the time about life issues, not about football.”

Except this week. “He talked his trash, and then he wants tickets,” Dockett added, shaking his head. So will he get them? “Yeah man. He’s my boy.”


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26 Responses to “Fitz, Rolle and a busted nose (plus Dockett’s tickets)”

  1. By Thomas77 on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry for hijacking your post by commenting on something else, again, Darren.

    In regard’s to your posting about Beanie’s recovery…

    …am I the only person who thinks this sounds way familiar? This is the same thing that happened last year when Beanie tweaked his knee. It was downplayed, and went week to week until finally we heard he was undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery essentially making him worthless for the season.

  2. By Brandon LA on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Rolle was awesome in AZ. He was a scramble machine. Member that Blocked FG he returned for a TD against the Jaguars…sweet

  3. By SeeingRed on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    I could have swore that I heard that Antrel, after leaving for NY, in an interview said that AZ “never felt like home.” I’m sure if he did say that he was just buttering up to the NY media but it is funny after reading his statement above.

    Here’s hoping he doesn’t get some payback against the Cards like Branch and Hightower did.

  4. By Rodgerscromartie17 on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    I miss antrel so much, he hasnt been the same since he went to NY

  5. By BIG RED on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why couldn’t we have kept all does guys, we would have had a Dynasty. Reason was we couldn’t pay all that money But we go out and get a QB that hasn’t done anything in the NFL and pay him 63 mil. Come on! Packers, steelers, patroits, ravens they all keep there players and every year there in the play-offs.

  6. By AndyStandsUp on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, Rolle was part of that mass exodus that had Warner retiring, Boldin traded and Dansby and Rolle signing elsewhere for being the highest paid at their position EVER!
    Still don’t regret the decisions though.

    Darren, heard about the “Dream Team ” beat reporters got into a physical altercation today. Never met either one of you guys but I assume you have the youth and height (not to mention the Greek mythology knowledge) to best Somer’s basketball skills and the ability to not wear glasses that break during exciting games.

    Your opinion on the “tale of the tape”?

  7. By Darren Urban on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Tape

    I think it’s safe to say I’d never deck Kent.

  8. By AZ Fan in WA on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    I still believe we are the most talented team in our division. Lots of pieces, including the huge upgrade at tight end, are in place. A point that needs made is that excuses get old but lots of these guys have new jobs, even if they are veterans. Look at the Eagles struggles. Talent doesn’t equal wins immediately, it takes time. Doesn’t mean watching the game last week didn’t make me feel a little ill… just saying.
    Do you expect to see Sampson running routes in a game this year outside of an injury adjusted depth chart?

  9. By Darren Urban on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Az Fan —

    RE: Sampson

    That may be a long shot. He has done it once or twice so far, if they go to a four-wide set.

  10. By CNelson on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Antrel was a playmaker yes,.. But as a saftey, he was horrible at his job, still is, does ANYONE watch the former players that we wouldnt sign??

    With the exception of boldin they are by far and large a huge waste of money, Im glad Roll is gone, Kerry is SO much better of a Saftey. Yes he is learning a new system now but look how easaily he transistioned to our old system and became one of the brightest spots on this team in a down year. Extreamly under rated and lately, unappreciated by cards fans!

    I look forward to watching Antrell line up wrong and blow coverage on Fitz, Early and Roberts(witch, is far better than 90% of the fans comments have been giving him creadit, alow Kolb to get use to him and trust him they way he is trusting Fitz and we wont be talking about NE other recivers) to alow the huge gain and eventualy TDs,…

    I say this game becomes a breakout for Offence and Defence.

    Special Teams will be weak untill we get LSH back, but will start to show promis sunday because of not having him there for the last few games gives them the information on what they have to do in his absence.

    I dont do # perdictions but i see the cards squeezeing out another close one as they learn who they are this year and how great they can be on both sides of the ball (well i guess 3 sides of it).

    Come On EVERYONE that has been bashing the team, Please give them at least till after the bye and the Pitt game, if we come out and lay an egg then i will bow down and say you are all right (even if as ive said be4 they need till next year b4 they are gonna be what we all want them to be)!
    Support the team they need our possative energry and love, if your not willing to then root for the giants or someone else that has just as many problems as we do yet you seam to think are a million times better!


  11. By Jeff Gollin on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    The irony is that Rolle – now a FS – is tackling like a SS, racking up A-Dub like Run-D stats, but (despite being a former CB) has significantly negative PFF ratings in pass coverage. Go figure.

  12. By JohnnyV on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think we all miss Karlos.

  13. By shannon robinson on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    It’s interesting that many of us as fans feel like our team is in the dumps. In an NFL season early losses are all part of winning. Losing by a few points in the last minute of play builds a better team as lessons are learned, players developed. The intriguing aspect of losing to teams we’re “supposed to beat” means the Cards will likely beat some teams who are a lock cinch according to experts to dominate us – Dallas last year comes to mind. I happen to like Beanie Wells and I’d like to see us win with Levi Brown. Some of the personal attacks on players and coaches seem to go too far – I’m glad I’m not sitting next to some of these fanatics on game day.

  14. By Gary K. on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Well Antrelle Rolle certainly held Fitz in check back in the Superbowl when he layed a block on him along the sideline and kept Fitz from making the tackle on Harrison.

  15. By CNelson on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    – Gary K.

    Lol good point,… thoe i hate to be reminded that he AGAIN was out of possition on a play HE WASNT EVEN ON THE FEILD FOR!

  16. By TucsonTim on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Cnelson is correct. With the exception of Boldin, none of these guys have performed at a level commensurate with their pay. If only….

  17. By CNelson on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    One more point Id like to point out, people need to get off the Whiz took Denny’s team to the SB, the only reason D. Green had so many good players on this team (witch he couldnt motivate and put in the right scheme to save his life, let alone his job) is because he LOST ALL THE TIME,… With so many high draft choices we should have won 3 SBs b4 whiz even was thought of. Fact of the matter is that they were coached up by whiz and the staff HE choise to work with. You cannot ALWAYS be perfict,.. Hell ID LOVE TO SEE MIKE TOMLEN STEP OUTA THE STEELERS COMFERT AREA AND TRY TO COACH ANY OTHER TEAM WITH LESS TALENT AND THAT DOES NOT HAVE AN IDENITY OR A LEGEND COACHING FOR HIM (see Dick Lebeau [im a horrible speller get over it]) I bet he couldnt go 5-11 with what Whiz had to work with…. Im not saying Whiz is the best coach ever, hell that spot is reserved for Lombardi and Lebeau, but geeze we have to give them time to work s&!^ out, Hell we have had Horton a whole 3 mo. (maybe less) and seams to me hes figureing out how to utilize the players he has, He has all the knowlage to be great like Labeau just hasnt been doing it for 40+ years.. not to mention he has to get everyone to understand what the hell they are sopose to be doing at ALL times,.. witch if i remember right isnt as easy as sitting in a chair yelling that they arent doing their jobs…. Just would like to read more comments from people that understand this isnt an overnight fix and we wont be domaninte till next year, if then, given the fact we will have to turn over a good portion of the defence to get the peices we will need. But hey when u have an offseason with 1k+ snaps to work out the mis Qs we keep seeing on sundays i doubt we will hear the sky is falling prior to week o idk 8,9?

    Any idea how many snaps the defence has takin IN game this year?
    Not sure how to judge the practice as well, just figure we can say x3 of what they have done in game should be about how many times they played in this new defence.

  18. By Darren Urban on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    CNelson —

    RE: Defensive snaps

    I’d have to research it. Hopefully I can in a bit.

  19. By CNelson on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks, would be nice to know, and great podcast btw!

    Keep up the good work Darren!

  20. By cardsalltheway on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Wait, is Docket really giving tickets to Rolle’s NY Giant fans? Hey Docket, don’t you think it would be better to have more Cardinal fans at the game?

  21. By Chuck 1 on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    How soon will empty seats appear in the stadium?

    And, how many empty seats will it take for the Bidwills to realize that the fans are rebelling against the team that they, Graves, the scouts and Whiz have put on the field?

  22. By CNelson on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    – Chuck 1

    Comments like thoes tell me you know NOTHING of this team or the hard times we had to deal with for SO LONG… otherwise you wouldnt be acting like this after lossing 2 games this season, given that we had an off-season of more possative moves than ever before and this team will get it together and become, at the very least, a good team if not great!

  23. By nodavis2000 on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply


    I couldn’t agree with you MORE!!! People want to have instant winners, immediate success. It doesn’t always work like that. A lot of so called “fans” are tearing this team up and down for mistakes, play calling, penalties, payday stuff, etc. Some people just don’t realize what goes into football and what PROGRESS is called. I think the team is getting better. Period, end of story. By the time the bye weeks comes and goes, I think a lot of the kinks will be worked out.

    I love your comment about the “successful” coaches. Managing the players is important, but talent is also a huge facotr. I also think it’s comparable to Phil Jackson coaching the Lakers/Bulls and having more than 10 championships. A lot of people consider him Best Coach of All Time. I don’t think he’d be as successful if he didn’t have the top two players in history (Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant) and the best center all time (Shaq). Great point!!!

  24. By nodavis2000 on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Chuck 1,

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. What EMPTY SEATS in the UoP stadium??? Don’t you know that our stadium has been sold out of about 56, 57, or 58 straight times??? That shows, to me at least, that we have a committed fan base here in AZ for the Cardinals. A COMMITTED FAN base, not a group of people that will come and watch only when we’re winning. If people want to jump ship and be a bandwagon for someone else, by all means, LEAVE. Real fans will stay and other real fans will buy those tickets.

  25. By nooner on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Chuck 1, relax a little bit it does take time

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