Larry Fitzgerald is a famous American football player. He plays for the Arizona Cardinals of National Football League. Larry is one of the best players on the team who has helped the team to reach the NFL Pro Bowl in 2008. After being drafted in NFL in 2004, he has gradually progressed in his career as a wide receiver.
Before his NFL professional career, he was already famous in his days of college football. Additionally, he has earned unanimous All-American honors in his college play days. Also, he has been selected for Pro Bowl eleven times and received the title All-Pro three times. Let us find more about the veteran NFL wide receiver, Larry.
Larry Fitzgerald: Early days, education, and Bio
Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald gave birth to Larry Fitzgerald on August 31, 1983, as Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr., in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father, Larry Fitzgerald Sr. was a sportswriter for the Minnesota spokesperson recorder, so Fitzgerald held from the family who loves sports. But unfortunately, his mother was not there witness to his success, because she died in 2003 while treating for breast cancer. He was raised together with his younger brother Marcus Fitzgerald who also plays football.
Talking about his education, he had graduated from Richfield MN Academy of Holy Angels. Then he went to join the University of Pittsburg where he played with the football team called Pittsburg Panthers. In 2002-2003, he was one of the best wide receivers in college. Since he was very active in football which we can see throughout his game career. However, in 2016, he returned to attended the University of Phoenix and graduated in his studies. This is because he had made a promise to his mother to finish a college education.
Larry Fitzgerald: career and achievements
As he was very active in sports from his childhood days, this activeness leads his career to build in football. Currently, he is widely known as a wide receiver of NFL. Before NFL, he used to play for the intercollegiate football team Pittsburg Panthers from 2002-2003. He had gained a lot of success during his sophomore season. As a result, he was also chosen to be the best player in the NCAA.
Later on 2004, he was drafted third overall by NFL for the team Arizona Cardinals. Further, he was the first player of the six Pitt Panthers to be selected that year. After that, in the same year, he had 59 receptions for 780 yards and 8 touchdowns in his rookie season. In 2005, he led the NFL by 103 receptions for 1,409 yards and 10 touchdowns that earned him a first Pro Bowl.
As stated earlier, he was selected for eleven times in Pro Bowls. Among many achievements, he has achieved the First-team All-Pro in 2008, second-team All-Pro in twice in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Larry had also won the title Walter Payton NFL Man of the year in 2016.
Larry Fitzgerald: Personal life, Wife, and girlfriend
Well, in case if you are wondering that Larry is married or not. Then, he has never been a marriage relationship. However, it was known that he was linked with a couple of his girlfriends. His first love interest was Angela Nazario and dated in 2006. They had live in a relationship through which they had a son named Devine Fitzgerald. But their relationship was later caught in a legal battle which stated the accusation of domestic violence by Angela. She even seeks protection against him.
Currently, he is been in a long relationship with his girlfriend Melissa Blakesley. She is the mother of the youngest child of Larry. They named their second son Apollo Fitzgerald. He had been a loving father to both his sons. Therefore, He likes to keep his personal life very low which we should respect his privacy.
Larry Fitzgerald: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
Larry has entered in the football field with a leader in receptions and receiving yards. In 2016, he signed a one year contract with $11 million extensions with cardinals. As of now, he has a net worth of $80 million dollars. Fitzgerald signed a contract for the average annual salary of $11,000,000 with cardinals including this year. He also got an incentive above $1 million with a dead cap value $4,850,000 and $16.85 million caps hit.
It would be worth to talk about his car collection, which includes a luxurious and sports car collection. His collection includes 833 horsepower RENNtech Mercedes SL, Rolls-Royce Nighthawk, etc. It seems that he is a bit crazy about his cars. He was featured on the cover of EA Sports video NCAA Football 2005. Also, he was one of the players who appeared on the Madden NFL cover.