Creating Larry Fitzgerald

Posted by Darren Urban on June 16, 2011 – 4:55 pm

Apropos of nothing, I noticed Larry Fitzgerald re-tweeting this video the other day, and it’s fascinating. It’s a TV piece run when Fitz was a Pitt sophomore (right before he came out of school) gunning for the Heisman Trophy in 2003 (he finished second behind Oklahoma QB Jason White). More importantly, it traces Fitz’s life at the end of high school and for his year in a military prep school because he didn’t have the grades to go to college. There’s also good stuff of Fitz talking about his mother’s (ultimately losing) battle with breast cancer.

Oh, and there are lots of good pictures of Fitz with very short hair, long before the dreads.

Speaking of Fitz with dreads, he is back in Minnesota as usual this time of year working out with various fellow NFLers. Why, just this morning he put out the picture below of this morning’s workout partners — including, standing next to Fitz,  Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton … wait, what?!? I mean, if Donovan McNabb was coming to the Cardinals just because he happened to work out with Fitz and the Cards at Arizona State, then Orton flying to Minnesota just to be with Fitz must mean …

OK, I can’t do it. Orton apparently has known Fitz for a long time and besides, this happens all the time (Greg Jennings has long been a regular with Fitz in Minny; why doesn’t anyone peg Jennings as a future Card?). It’s probably not a coincidence that Orton’s Broncos teammate and one-time University of Minnesota Gopher, receiver Eric Decker, is also in the picture having worked out. Maybe that’s the real Orton connection?

Orton’s dad is the fourth guy to make it into Fitz’s shot, leading to the Tweet of the day by @ScottHoward42: “Based on that Larry Fitzgerald twitpic I now think there’s a strong chance Kyle Orton’s Dad will be the Cards QB. Thoughts?”

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Dockett going to Pro Bowl

Posted by Darren Urban on January 22, 2011 – 2:36 pm

Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, who was named a Pro Bowl alternate last month, is headed to the game. He’ll replace Minnesota’s Kevin Williams (who had already replaced Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh) and join teammate Adrian Wilson in Hawaii (plus, if the Packers beat the Bears in the NFC Championship, Larry Fitzgerald is expected to replace Green Bay’s Greg Jennings for the Pro Bowl, since Jennings will obviously have other things to do next week.

This is Dockett’s third Pro Bowl.

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Fitz’s camp

Posted by Darren Urban on June 15, 2010 – 11:50 am

Calais Campbell was talking about the end of OTAs when he added that he wasn’t talking about the end of work. In fact, Campbell was going to spend some of his down time in Minnesota, where teammate Larry Fitzgerald spends his post-OTA offseason and where Fitz has a burgeoning workout group of NFL players.

The workouts started, Fitz said, with fellow NFLers he came into the league with – wide receivers Greg Jennings and Lee Evans, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Those are the guys with whom Fitz organizes the work. But so many others have started to come.

“Whoever comes, they come and we will get it in,” Fitzgerald said. “Everyone else has just heard word of mouth. I will get a text here and there.”

Fitzgerald said most players don’t come until after July 4, although he has already retreated to his summer home. He’s managed to work out a deal with the University of Minnesota, which allows use of their facilities. The majority of players come and go. “NFL guys, they come to work out one day and you don’t hear from them again,” Fitzgerald said, although he added, “it’s intense.”

Jennings told The Northwestern newspaper “It’s more than just running routes. That’s the perception a lot of people have. (But) you’re working. It will almost break you down. It will take you to that edge to see if you’re going to push through it or you make an excuse why you have to go home.”

And that’s one way to spend a summer vacation.

“Look at Fitz and the success he’s had,” Campbell said. “Why wouldn’t you want to do the same thing?”

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