Chasing Jerry: Has Fitzgerald Solidified Himself As No. 2 behind Rice?

December 30, 2017 • Ben Heck • Arizona Cardinals, Features, Front Page, NFC, NFC West

At the young age of 34-years-old, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald earned himself yet another Pro Bowl selection this season, reeling in 101 receptions for 1,101 yards and six touchdowns. And he still has one more game to add to his ’17 totals.

This year, his 14th season in the National Football League, he’s continued to make NFL history week after week.

He surpassed the 15,000-yard mark this season, becoming just the sixth player in league history to do so, passing Randy Moss, Isaac Bruce and Tony Gonzalez on the all-time receiving yards list in the process.

Only Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens stand in front of him on the yards list, and Rice and Gonzalez stand in front of him on the all-time receptions list (Fitz has 1,226).

While it doesn’t appear possible for Fitz to catch Rice by the time he hangs up his cleats, he’ll likely finish No. 2 on all of the all-time receiving lists if he continues playing past 2017.

Fitzgerald’s Career Stats (prior to 2017 Week 17):

14 seasons (215 starts)
11 Pro Bowl selections
1,226 catches (third all-time)
15,490 receiving yards (third all-time)
110 receiving touchdowns (eighth all-time)
12.6 yards/catch
71.4 yards/game

Regular season aside, Fitzgerald has an incredible playoff rap sheet spread throughout his career:

9 games (5-4 record)
57 catches, 942 yards, 10 touchdowns
16.5 yards/catch
104.7 yards/game
5 100-yard games
Super Bowl numbers: 1 game, 7 catches, 127 yards, 2 TD

He’s already a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but give Fitzgerald another season or two and he’ll the lock as the No. 2 all-time receiver behind Rice.

Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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