Cardinals all-world wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald got to where he is on a lot of innate talent. He also became one of the best receivers in the NFL because of hours and hours of hard, hard work. A perfect example of this is Larry's "Camp Fitzgerald" near his offseason home in Minnesota. Along with Bill Welle, a strength and conditioning professional, the two created an offseason training program that NFL players could use as a "bridge-from-official-offseason-work-to-training-camp setup," according to Darren Urban. "The two worked out a deal with the University of Minnesota, giving them access not only to fields but also the UM weight room and a covered field in case of bad weather."â†µ
What started out as four guys getting together in the offseason to work out has turned into a fifty-strong group, including several Cardinals like Michael Floyd, Rich Bartel and Andre Roberts. Also included are Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson and RB Leon Washington. Michael Irvin has made appearances to coach up the receivers and Fitz hopes Jon Gruden will do the same for the quarterbacks.
"I love to compete," Fitzgerald told Urban after one workout. "It's fine to do it on your own but to come out and do it with other guys with the same goals as you do, it makes it more fun."â†µ
Cardinals quarterback Rich Bartel added. "I know this is a lot of it is physical, but to come out here and beat yourself up every day, it's hot and humid, for a month, I feel I am gaining a mental edge."â†µ