If you’re familiar with the movie “A Bronx Tale” starring Robert De Niro, there’s a line in it I’m guessing all Arizona Cardinals fans, as well as fantasy football owners, would agree with: “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”
That’s just what Cards wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is right now–wasted talent–and it’s the saddest thing to watch in the NFL.
Fitzgerald is in the middle of the worst season of his career right now and it has nothing to do with him. He has only 650 yards receiving and four touchdowns. At this pace, he’ll only catch 72 passes for 866 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers would be on pace for the worst statistical season in his career, except for his rookie season. Those 72 catches would only surpass the 2006 season, but he only played in 13 games that year.
It’s not like Fitzgerald’s skills have eroded, either. He’s only 29 years old, and the guy is still one of the best wide receivers in the game. He’s as classy a player as there is in the league and he’s awesome to watch.
We all know the problem: the Cardinals have no quarterbacks to get him the ball. They started out with John Skelton, then went to Kevin Kolb and now it’s Ryan Lindley failing to connect with Fitzgerald.
It isn’t working and I feel terrible that his prime is being wasted by such awful quarterback play. Thankfully Fitzgerald doesn’t feel as bad for himself as we all feel for him and has managed to keep a sense of humor on his situation. According to the team’s website, Fitzgerald said “You gotta laugh to keep from crying.”
Now I feel even worse for the guy they call Fitzy because despite everything that’s happened to him this year, he still finds humor in it all. I’m not so sure Cards fans or fantasy players are laughing though.
Meet Larry Fitzgerald, one of the NFL’s best players, but he’s been rendered useless thanks to the quarterback play on the Arizona Cardinals.
We hope to see you soon Mr. Fitzgerald, not on the back of a milk carton, but on the highlights where you belong.
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