Larry Darnell Fitzgerald, Jr., usually known more simply as Larry Fitzgerald, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 31, 1983. A wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, he has spent his entire professional career with the team. He is an 8-time Pro Bowl selection, a one-time Pro Bowl MVP and has made one Super Bowl appearance.
Fitzgerald began playing football at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota, but left the high school during his senior year, in order to attend Valley Forge Military Academy. He subsequently committed to playing football for the University of Pittsburgh and began attending the college in 2003.
At the end of a hugely successful sophomore year, he was named as the Big East Conference's Player of the Year and collected the Walter Camp Award and the Fred Biletnikoff Award. His performances also saw him selected unanimously as an All-American and, coming off the back of his freshman year, he became the first player in the school's history to record consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards. In 2013, the University of Pittsburgh honored his contributions to the program by retiring his jersey number.
Despite only playing two years in college, Fitzgerald was able to successfully argue that his time at college, combined with his time at Valley Forge, made him eligible for the 2004 NFL Draft. During the draft, he was selected in the first round, as the third overall pick, by the Arizona Cardinals. During his rookie season, he became the youngest NFL player to ever record two touchdown receptions in a single game.
Over subsequent years, Fitzgerald has established himself as a key member of the team and has been selected to the Pro Bowl on eight occasions. Arguably his greatest season came in 2008, as he helped guide the Cardinals to the NFC Championship and an appearance at Super Bowl XLIII. During the NFC Championship Game, he became the first player in history to record three touchdown receptions in the first half of a conference championship game. Although the Cardinals were unsuccessful at the Super Bowl, Fitzgerald impressed with his own individual performance. At the end of the season, he was selected first team All-Pro by the Associated Press and led the NFC for receiving yards. His performance in the Pro Bowl saw him named as the game's Most Valuable Player.
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