With age comes wisdom, and in Larry Fitzgerald's case, the star Arizona Cardinal wide receiver is ready to do what it takes to help his team win a Super Bowl.
As Fox Sports Arizona reports, Fitzgerald still remembers the playoff run the Cardinals made a mere four seasons ago that ended in heartbreak to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the waning seconds of the game.
"It doesn't seem like such a distant memory," he said. "I never lose sight of what that felt like, what the journey was like, committing to a team that embarked on an incredible experience. I just want to recapture that."
Considering the disarray the Cardinals carried into the preseason, it would be expected to hear a bit more displeasure coming from Fitzgerald's corner. But the humble Pro Bowl receiver is known for his team-first attitude in this day and age of flashy NFL divas.
Still, the drive of the Super Bowl, the same drive of a lot of NFL players, is what keeps Fitzgerald playing the game. Fitzgerald is remarkably entering the prime of his life at the age of 29, but he is still aware how rare the actual chances of winning the Super Bowl are.
"Every time I put my cleats on, that championship is going to be my driving force, but when it's all said and done, I always say when I walk away or the game walks away from me, I'll make sure I've done everything I possibly could," he said. "That goes for what I do on the field and what I do off of it."
Until that happens, Fitzgerald has given his support to quarterback John Skelton in as few words as possible in his business-like manner.
"I'm just happy it's behind us and we don't have to answer the question every day," he said, specifically addressing the quarterback controversy. "Coach named John the starter. We're going to follow his lead. It can shift our focus to what's really important."
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