FITZGER­ALD

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sea­son TD re­cep­tions (10), be­hind John Stall­worth and Rice. And Fitzger­ald did it in only nine games.

Fitzger­ald’s per­for­mance in Ari­zona’s sur­prise run to the Su­per Bowl in the 2008 sea­son shat­tered NFL records for yards re­ceiv­ing (546), re­cep­tions (30) and touch­downs (7).

In Ari­zona’s divi­sional game against Green Bay in 2015, Fitzger­ald caught eight passes for 176 yards, in­clud­ing the two big­gest

plays of over­time. He is the only player in NFL his­tory to av­er­age at least 100 yards re­ceiv­ing and a touch­down in ev­ery post­sea­son game.

“I think ev­ery player wants to be at their best in the big­gest mo­ments,” Fitzger­ald said. “I think my num­bers in the play­offs say that I’m a guy who steps up in the big­ger mo­ments. I think that’s some­thing you look at the greats in his­tory, the Jerry Rices and the Michael Jor­dans and the Kobe Bryants, the Reg­gie Jack­sons of the world, those guys , when their teams needed them

the most, they were able to find some­thing to make a dif­fer­ence in the games.”

But Fitzger­ald may never ap­pear in the play­offs again.

The Car­di­nals limp into Kansas City at 2-6 and Fitzger­ald re­peated Thurs­day that he hasn’t de­cided whether this is his last sea­son. It’s hard to imag­ine him ever play­ing for an­other team.

Fitzger­ald has been con­spic­u­ously ab­sent from the statis­tics as the Ari­zona of­fense sput­tered through seven games, lead­ing to the fir­ing of of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Mc­Coy. With

By­ron Leftwich as the new co­or­di­na­tor, Fitzger­ald had his best game of the year in the team’s 18-15 vic­tory over San Fran­cisco two week­ends ago, catch­ing eight passes for 102 yards and a touch­down, just his sec­ond of the sea­son.

Notes: S Budda Baker, a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of Ari­zona’s de­fense, did not prac­tice Thurs­day due to a foot in­jury. He was not on the in­jury re­port Wed­nes­day. He was the only player who did not prac­tice on Thurs­day.

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