|Larry Fitzgerald returns the favor to Bill Belichick||09.12.12 at 7:48 pm ET|
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald received some high praise from Bill Belichick this week when the Patriots coach said that the former third overall pick may go down as the greatest receiver of all time. On Wednesday, Fitzgerald returned the favor.
“He’s a great receiver,” Belichick said on Tuesday’s conference call. He’ll go down as one of the all-time greats. He might end up as the best one ever.”
After hearing of Belichick’s comment, Fitzgerald responded by saying, “It’s an honor that he even knows my name.”
“He’s arguably the best coach to ever do it,” Fitzgerald continued. “You look at his record and what he’s been able to accomplish over his career. He’s an unbelievable football coach. I have a long way to go. I have a lot to improve on and a lot to work on. Obviously I’m envious of him with all his hardware he has and his team has. We have a lot to improve on.”
There’s no doubt that Sunday’s game will match up one of the game’s better receivers with one of its better coaches. In his career, Fitzgerald has 697 receptions for 9,678 yards and 73 touchdowns. He is tied for 30th in career touchdown catches, and is tied for fourth among active players. Fitzgerald certainly has time to climb higher on that list, as he is still 29 years old. If he can repeat his eight touchdowns of a season ago, he’ll move into the top 20.
However, much like Bill Belichick isn’t ready to get excited over his rookies’ success, Fitzgerald isn’t going to spend the week thinking about his accolades.
“I have a long way to go,” he said. “We’ve only played one game this year and we were in the same position last year and we dropped the next six. That’s something that we talked about all this week, and attention to detail is something that we’ve really been stressing. The New England Patriots are a team that if you make a mistake against them, they will make you pay for it.”
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