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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Larry Fitzgerald won't be mistaken for dad

By Mike Sando

When the Arizona Cardinals' 58-0 defeat to Seattle ended Sunday, receiver Larry Fitzgerald and his teammates took responsibility for what had happened.

They handled a difficult situation professionally.

"There is a lot to be salvaged," Fitzgerald said. "We are playing for our jobs. We are professionals. We have a lot of pride in what we do. So, we have a lot to play for."

When interviews were finished, I returned to the press box and began writing my column. A reporter seated in the row behind me was speaking on the phone and grumbling at length about the Cardinals' effort. It was Fitzgerald's father, Larry Sr.

The contrast between father and son was striking. That was true again Monday when the elder Fitzgerald lashed out at the Cardinals, sending the younger Fitzgerald into damage-control mode.

Larry Sr., a longtime sportswriter, has been known to tweet his mind on sports-related subjects. The comments he made following the Cardinals' 58-0 defeat went like this:

Definition of team quitting?9 losses n a row.9th loss 58-0!Injuries handling of offense worst nNFL.Adrian Wilson&Darnell Dockett situations!

— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) December 10, 2012

Few players in the NFL conduct themselves as professionally as the younger Fitzgerald -- on the field, off the field, wherever they go. I don't expect that to change, no matter what his father says.

"I'm in a unique situation with my father being a media member," Larry Jr. said Monday when Jim Gray asked him about Larry Sr.'s comments during a radio interview. "He's making an observation based on what he sees and what he feels. That is his opinion. I don't share in those same feelings and that is where I stand on that."