Larry Fitzgerald: I have a lot of good football left in me


Thirteen years after initially joining the Arizona Cardinals as a first-round pick in 2004, Larry Fitzgerald has reached the year-to-year stage of his Hall of Fame career.

When Fitzgerald acknowledged in May that he has "no idea" if this season will be his last, he was merely expounding on the previous sentiment that his future is tied to that of Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer.

As we witnessed in the Amazon Prime video series All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzgerald has placed a priority on earning his first Super Bowl ring and 10th Pro Bowl nod. Until those goals are accomplished, retirement seems unlikely.

"I'd be lying if I told you I didn't think about it," Fitzgerald said on Wednesday's edition of NFL Total Access. "Just trying to prepare for the next phase in your life, but I have a lot of good football left in me. How long I will play, I don't know. I feel great. I can still play at a high level. I just have to take it one year at a time and I got a really fantastic team I'm a part of."

Beyond his future plans, Fitzgerald touched on several interesting topics in a discussion with Dan Hellie:

» Is there reason to believe Palmer will be haunted by the ghosts of last year's playoff failures? Fitzgerald believes the 36-year-old is "aging like fine wine."

"Coming off of that knee injury last year, he played the best football last year at 35 years old and only better things are coming for him this year," Fitzgerald continued. "He's really got a great grasp on what Coach Arians is asking him to do. Steve Keim and Coach Arians have put around him a lot of tremendous pieces that are at his disposal."

» Arians is widely respected as one of the game's great offensive minds. Fitzgerald touched on his coach's creative scheming and play-calling.

"He's so innovative. Every single day he comes to work and has something new that he's conjured up and designed and manufactured," Fitzgerald explained. "... That's the kind of mind he has. He's a coach that always has his foot all the way down on the gas pedal. He's never going to let up. He's always going to be pushing for the best and biggest plays and that’s really exciting especially for an offensive player on his team."

» For all of the offseason hype surrounding Josh Norman, Fitzgerald still identifies Seahawks All-Pro Richard Sherman as his toughest matchup.

"You have to put Richard Sherman right there," Fitzgerald acknowledged. "The guy is a proven monster out there. He's dynamic, really strong. ... He's instinctive, got has great ball skills, not afraid to tackle and is super smart."