NFL Nation: Larry Fitzgerald Sr.

Larry Fitzgerald won't be mistaken for dad

December, 11, 2012
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:

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."
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's not everywhere you can order the "Texas Catfish Po' Boy" while NHL legend Mark Messier strolls past.

Cowboys Stadium is brimming with fans and the famous as game time approaches. I was standing at the counter for a concession stand when Messier passed through.

Back in the media work room, a certain NFC West receiver's reporter father, Larry Fitzgerald Sr., recently made an appearance.

Earlier, the view from one of the second-level concourses showed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the sideline with actress Jennifer Aniston.

The Po' Boy wasn't bad, but the salt-and-peppered fries were much better. I chatted with some fans from Texas who were confident Jones would be able to secure another Super Bowl for Dallas despite a week marked by freezing temperatures, snow and falling ice at the stadium.

I would tend to agree. This stadium is unlike anything anywhere.