Announced as No. 45 in Monday night's installment of NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2017,"Larry Fitzgerald said in February that he'll return this fall to play his 14th NFL season. The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver currently has 14,389 career receiving yards -- which ranks him ninth on the all-time list. If Fitzgerald hauls in at least 904 yards -- which is about 200 yards less than his yearly average to date -- he would surpass Randy Moss, who sits at No. 3 (with 15,292 yards) behind only Terrell Owens (15,934) and Jerry Rice (22,895).
When looking at the big picture, it's clear the 10-time Pro Bowler is bound to be a Hall of Famer. And it also seems clear that he has a solid chance to vault himself into elite territory in the record books. But it can help to consider more than stats when weighing a player's legacy. The Cardinals have registered just five winning seasons and four playoff trips in Fitzgerald's 13 years in Arizona. He's also toiled in the desert -- far from the country's major media hubs -- with some seriously spotty quarterback play. Then again, he's currently the all-time record-holder in single-season playoff receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, having racked up a jaw-dropping 546 and seven during the Cardinals' run to Super Bowl XLIII.
Looking beyond his final career receiving-yards total, when Fitzgerald hangs up his cleats, will he have done enough to establish himself as one of the top five receivers of all time?