The best players are supposed to play in the Pro Bowl, right? That is not always the case, but Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is still an elite receiver in this game, so he deserves to join his teammates for the festivities. He didn’t have a good, or even an average season according to his own stats, but you can’t always blame the receiver, especially when he has four different quarterbacks throwing him the ball.
Fitzgerald finished the season with 71 receptions, 798 yards and four touchdowns. You can pretty much chalk this season up as the worst of his career, considering the circumstances. Fitz only had two games going over 100 yards, and he also had two games where he didn’t break five yards. The worst game of his career came against the Seattle Seahawks. He was targeted eleven times, and ten of those balls were not thrown to an area where he could catch them. He finished the game with just one grab and two yards receiving in a 58-0 blowout.
Fitzgerald reputation allowed him to be an alternate, and when Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall bowed out, he got the call. He will join LB Daryl Washington and CB Patrick Peterson in the game. Washington got in because the San Francisco 49ers made it to the Super Bowl, and Peterson was the only legit vote-in on the team.
Fitzgerald holds the record for most touchdowns in the Pro Bowl, and he can add to that record this weekend. Last year, he finished with six catches, 111 yards, and three TDs. None of the Cardinals players may have been deserving to play in the All Star game this year, but it’s still nice for a fan to see their favorite players one last time before the off-season really begins.
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