Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is 34-years old with a vast amount of mileage on his future Hall of Fame legs. After 14 grueling years in the NFL, he’s not only still racking up serious numbers, but he’s showing his versatility and athletic prowess in another sport that requires much less physical contact and potential injury.
Fitzgerald tied a career best last season with 109 catches. He also had 1,156 yards and six touchdown receptions. He is ranked third all-time in receptions (1,234) and yards receiving (15,545) and eighth in touchdown receptions (110). He has nothing more to prove on the football field, but apparently has a lot to prove on the golf course and he’s doing a convincing job.
On Sunday, Fitzgerald and PGA Tour Pro Kevin Streelman won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am team title on Sunday with a 12-under final round, winning by 7 strokes.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald can play a little golf, too. https://t.co/mRuLRDPfH4
Fitzgerald is the first African-American amateur to win the team title portion of the tournament and, according to Cardinals media relations, just the seventh professional athlete to win and first since Dan Marino in 1988. The others: Lefty O’Doul (1949), Albie Pearson (1963), John Brodie (1970), Jacky Lee (1975), George Brett (1987) and Dan Marino (1988). Fitzgerald is the first athlete to win in 30 years.
"It's great, but I'm just hoping moving forward we don't have to talk about color anymore," he told reporters. "It's just us as one as a people. Just to be here is an accomplishment. But that's quite an accomplishment."
Fitzgerald is undecided on his NFL and told reporters at Super Bowl 52 that he would be making his decision in the next couple of weeks. Whatever Fitzgerald decided to do it’s a good bet that it will involve golf.