For the past 13 years, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been among the NFL’s top pass catchers each and every season. At 33 years old, Fitzgerald became the third oldest wide receiver in the league’s history to lead the NFL in catches after he caught 107 passes in 2016.
It is unclear when the Cardinals receiver will decide to hang up his cleats and call it a career as he clearly has plenty of football left in his body that still needs to be played. But when he does end up finally retiring from the NFL, a second career in the sport of golf would shock absolutely no one.
Most recently, he and partner Kevin Streelman finished in second-place at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Fitzgerald and Streelman’s final score of 31 under par was just two strokes behind the tournament’s winners in Ken Duke and television host Carson Daly.
Golf has been a favorite sport of Fitzgerald’s for quite some time now. After he was introduced to the links by former Arizona teammate Andre Roberts a few years ago, Fitzgerald has not been able to put his clubs down (well, except for that whole playing football thing).
The Cardinals’ pass catcher beats around no bushes when he describes himself as a full-fledged, “golf addict.” Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that he hit a hole-in-one just three months after he began to play on a consistent basis?
But what maybe draws Fitzgerald to the sport of golf the most is the ability to see how others react when faced with different types of situations out on the course.
“The greatest thing about golf is you get four hours to get to know somebody. You get to see them happy. You get to see them upset. You get to see how somebody responds to adversity.”
During an NFL season, players typically get at least one day a week off from football related activities. On his day off, Fitzgerald is either hitting the links at a club in Arizona or in whatever city he and the Cardinals are scheduled to play a game in.
The Arizona wide receiver describes his golf game as pretty awful hitting off the tee but when it comes to his short game, he thinks plays as close to a professional level as one can get.
Eventually, Fitzgerald is going to announce his retirement from the NFL. But instead of any tears of sadness that may be shed on that day, a giant smile may be present on the receiver’s face due to knowing how much for more free time he will have to play golf.