It would not be amiss to say that Larry Fitzgerald is one of the greatest football players the NFL has ever seen. He currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals, where he has honed his skills, won trophy after trophy and broken all kinds of records in his professional career. He received the prestigious All-American honors while he was playing for the Pittsburgh Panthers in college. He has also be named to various first teams and has earned several awards for his enormous talent and prowess in the game of football. Larry has made eleven trips to the Pro Bowl. His statistics over the years places him as the second highest career receiving yards in NFL history, third highest career receptions, and seventh most receiving touchdowns as of 2018.
Early Life and Career
The eminent football wide receiver was born Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr. on August 31, 1983. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota; his father, the older Larry Fitzgerald worked as a sports reporter and editor at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and he has spent over three decades covering major sporting events including the 2009 Super Bowl in which his son played. His mother was Carol Fitzgerald, a volunteer and social activist who founded an African-American AIDS Task Force in his hometown and ran the organization until she passed away in 2003 from cancer induced brain hemorrhage. His parents were one of the major supporters of his career and they pushed him to be the best he could be in every aspect of his life.
Larry attended the Academy of Holy Angels, where he completed his elementary education before going on to the University of Pittsburgh. While there, he joined the school’s football team, the Pittsburgh Panthers and he proved himself to be one of the best college players in the country. He finished his freshman year with an impressive 12 touchdowns and 69 receptions over 1,005 yards. He conquered his sophomore season in 2003 with 22 touchdowns and 92 receptions over 1,672 yards, the best numbers in the Big East Conference. Fitzgerald received the Chic Harley Award, Walter Camp Award, Biletnikoff Award, Paul Warfield Award, All-American honors, and was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy that year. He set so many records for the University that they decided to retire his #1 jersey in 2013 to honor his achievements.
Larry Fitzgerald’s professional career began in 2004 after he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals as the third overall pick in the NFL Draft. He has remained with the side since then and has been able to pull off such performance that has already inked his name in the history book of the team.
As of 2018, his NFL career stats boasts 116 receiving touchdowns, 16,279 receiving yards of 12.5 yards per reception, and a massive 1,303 receptions. This amazing performance has among other things, seen him take part in the Pro Bowl 11 times and he was named Pro Bowl MVP in 2008; the same year he also made the All-Pro first team.
Does He Have a Girlfriend or Wife?
Larry Fitzgerald has been to 11 Pro Bowls, but he has never made it to the altar. However, he has had a steady stream of girlfriends over the years, most notable amongst which is Angela Nazario, a cheerleader, whom he dated in 2006 even though she was 13 years older than him. They had a son together, Devine Fitzgerald, but the relationship soon hit the rocks. Angela accused Larry of physically abusing her and took out a restraining order against him.
The wide receiver then began dating Melissa Blakesley after a while, and she is the mother to his second son, Apollo Fitzgerald. They have been together for a couple of years now, but they are yet to make things official.
What is Larry Fitzgerald’s Net Worth?
A player of Larry’s caliber and status is worth his weight in gold. He is easily one of the greatest players to ever grace the game of football, and his team no doubts appreciates his value as they have handed him lucrative multi-million-dollar contracts just to keep him from looking elsewhere. The legendary wide receiver currently earns $11 million annually by way of salaries, and he is estimated to have a net value of about $97 million.
Other Facts About The NFL Star
1. Larry was very close to his mother before she died, and he fondly referred to himself as a “mama’s boy”. He and his family hold memorial events every year in her honor, and they donate the proceeds to breast cancer and HIV/AIDS research.
2. In 2015, Larry Fitzgerald donated $5,000 for each touchdown he scored and $1,000 for each reception he was able to catch in the month of October to charities focused on breast cancer. He also donated 25 cents for each new follower he gained on Twitter or Facebook.
3. He returned to school in 2016 to finish his bachelor’s degree at the University of Phoenix so as to fulfill a promise he made to his mother. He is now one of the paid ambassadors for his alma mater.
4. Larry has a very close bond with his two children and he always endeavors to spend as much quality time as he can with them.