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Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald Biography

An American football player Larry Fitzgerald is a wide receiver for National Football League (NFL)’s Arizona Cardinals. He plays alongside teammates David Johnson, Patrick Peterson, Chase Edmonds, and many others.

Early Life and Education

Larry Fitzgerald was born as Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr on 31st August of 1983 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was raised by Larry Fitzgerald Sr. and Carol Fitzgerald. His father, Larry Fitzgerald Sr. is a sportswriter at Minnesota Spokesman-Records.

About his mother, Carol Fitzgerald died in 2003 due to brain hemorrhage while she was getting treatment for breast cancer. In addition, he grew up with a younger brother named Marcus Fitzgerald who is also a football player. 

During his High school, Fitzgerald started playing football at Richfield (MN) Academy of Holy Angels. Further, he joined the University of Pittsburgh and played for the Pittsburgh Panthers football team. In his college years from 2002-2003, he was known as one of the best wide receivers. 

Moreover, in the history of the Pittsburgh Panthers football team, Fitzgerald is the ninth player to receive the honor of having his #1 jersey retired by the university. 

Facts About Larry Fitzgerald
Full Name Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr
Date of Birth August 31, 1983
Age 36 years
Birth Place Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nationality American
Father Name Larry Fitzgerald Sr.
Mother Name Late Carol Fitzgerald
Siblings Marcus Fitzgerald (Brother)
Profession Football Player
Net Worth $97 million
Salary $11 million
Height 6 feet 1 inch
Weight N/A

Professional Life and Career

Larry Fitzgerald left his senior year to attend Valley Forge Military Academy in 2004 and petitioned the NFL to allow him in 2004 NFL Draft. He was allowed in the draft and got lots of opportunities for his career.

In the same year, he was the first wide receiver to be selected by the Arizona Cardinals. One of the reasons for his selection was the former coach of the team, Dennis Green knew him for his days as Vikings ball boy. That year he also made his NFL debut in the opener season of 2004 against St. Louis Rams. Although his team lost by 17-10. but in the game, he has 70 yards in four reception. Also in his first season in NFL, his team missed the playoffs but he had eight touchdowns and 59 receptions for 780 yards.

In his second season as a professional, He had Cardinals’ game against the New York Giants in which he had one touchdown, 13 receptions for 155 yards. Moreover, at the end of the season, he was named the Pro Bowl with 10 touchdowns, `103-receptions and 1,409-yards.

In 2018, he played 14 seasons with the  Arizona Cardinals and here is the list of his NFL career statistics.

NFL Career Statistics
Receptions 1,244
Receiving Yards 15,649
Yards per reception 12.6
Receiving touchdowns 110

Likewise, he had many achievements and honors in his career. He earned the MVP honors in 2009 and was given NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor in 2011 as well as 2012 respectively.

Larry Fitzgerald Net Worth and Salary

With Larry’s amazing career he has earned a hefty sum of money from his professional life. His net worth is approximately $97 million and his base salary is estimated at around $11 million followed by an incentive bonus of $1 million.

Fitzgerald comes on the list of fourth highest-paid players in NLF history with an annual income of $36.8 million. However, he was dropped off the World’s Highest-paid athletes in 2015. here is the list of his salary throughout the years:

Year Salary/Earnings
2004 $8,550,000
2005 $5,335,000
2006 $3,317,500
2007 $3,580,000
2008 $17,100,000
2009 $9,750,000
2010 $6,150,000
2011 $20,000,000
2012 $26,250,000
2013 $5,250,000
2014 $13,000,000
2015 $11,013,887
2016 $11,000,000
2017 $11,000,000
2018 $12,000,000
2019 $11,000,000*

Relationship Status

Larry Fitzgerald is in a happy relationship with his girlfriend Melissa Blakesley. The couple has been dating for a long time but hasn’t yet married. the duo is blessed with a child together named Apollo Fitzgerald.

Moreover, Larry was in a previous relationship in 2006 with Angela Nazario who is a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader. They had a long relationship along with a child together named Devin Fitzgerald. Although the former couple had an age difference of 13 years, the relationship was going smoothly. However, in the year 2008 angela filled for an order of protection against him with the accusation of domestic violence.

Currently, Larry stays together with Melissa and his son Apollo.

Larry Fitzgerald Age, Height, and Weight

Larry is 36 years old and stands tall at the height of 6 Feet 3 Inch. He has not revealed information regarding his weight.

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