‘Fitz’ says he has much to prove to coach Wilks
Despite all his accomplishments after 14 years in the NFL, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald says he — like all of his teammates — has a lot to prove to earn his position on the field under new head coach Steve Wilks. Fitzgerald turns 35 in August. “I know what’s expected of me,” Fitzgerald said. “I know what’s required, so I’m ready to go.”
Cardinals WR impressed with new coach Wilks
When Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald decided to play again this fall, he knew he was signing up for work in the spring, too.
So he didn’t complain when the team’s strength and conditioning program began two weeks ago. And he won’t be bellyaching on Tuesday when a three-day voluntary minicamp begins.
“Football is different than any other sport,” Fitzgerald said on Monday. “When you make a decision to come back, you have to be fully engaged in the task at hand. I know what’s expected of me. I know what’s required, so I’m ready to go.”
Fitzgerald, who turns 35 in August, is entering his 15th season and will be playing for his fourth head coach, Steve Wilks.
The new coach and the best player in Arizona Cardinals history have spent a considerable amount of time together over the past month, and Fitzgerald is impressed.
“He’s hard-working, humble and extremely inquisitive,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s an unbelievable leader. I was impressed just seeing how he interacted with people. He knows names of the people upstairs, the marketing department, the landscapers, the custodians and lunch ladies.
“Just the times he’s addressed our team, you get the feeling of, ‘Man, I want to follow him.’ ”
Fitzgerald raved about Wilks’ staff, too, including offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, the former Chargers head coach.
This is also the fourth different offense Fitzgerald will learn, and if the offseason goes as planned, Sam Bradford likely will become the 15th quar-
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald turns 35 in August and is entering his 15th season with the team.