There’s been some talk that Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will walk away from a Hall of Fame-worthy career following the 2016 season.
Now, with one more game remaining in what has been a disappointing season for Fitzgerald and his team, the nine-time Pro Bowler decided to speak out on the topic again.
Larry Fitzgerald says he'll never give a retirement announcement ahead of time: "That’s not how I’m wired. Tim Duncan is more my speed."
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 29, 2016
Fitz’s reference to former NBA star Tim Duncan is as clear as day. The all-time great former San Antonio Spurs big man did not announce his retirement ahead of time this past summer. Instead, news of it broke after Duncan himself had already played his final game.
Unlike the likes of baseball’s David Ortiz and the NBA’s Kobe Bryant, Duncan didn’t take a victory lap for a season after announcing his intention to retire.
This seems to be an indication that we will know when Fitzgerald intends to retire, only after he’s played his final game in the NFL.
The future Hall of Famer enters Week 17 having recorded 102 receptions and is just 20 yards shy of his eighth 1,000-yard season. Needless to say, should Fitzgerald decide to return, he still has a lot left in the tank.