Casting calls are in progress for the 2006 All Star NFL Pro Bowl game and Minneapolis’ own NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. is a likely nominee. To ensure his admittance, all we have to do is vote him at www.nfl.com by Dec. 15.
The Pro Bowl, where fans vote to decide what players attend, features the best talent in the AFC and NFC divisions. February 12, 2006, at the Aloha Stadium in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii.
The University of Pittsburgh All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist Larry Fitzgerald is the highest drafted player from Minnesota ever selected in the NFL draft and is among a few to be considered “Pro-Bowl material.” With the third overall pick, the Arizona Cardinals drafted Fitzgerald from the University of Pittsburgh to play under the former Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green.
It wasn’t Fitzgerald’s first encounter of Green.
During the regime of Coach Green in the ’90s, when the Vikings looked their best since the Tarkenton-led Super Bowl contenders, Fitzgerald worked for coach Green as a ballboy, impressing the likes of star players like Chris Carter and Randy Moss with his athletic catches before practices.
The same polished-looking ballboy went on to break more records than a clumsy DJ at a house party including tying Randy Moss’s NCAA record of most touchdown catches in a game during a season.
“I’ve said all along that Larry was the number one player in the country, not just the number one wide receiver,” Dennis Green announced last year after his 2004 third pick draft selection.
“First, its a honor to just be picked in the draft; there are millions of guys who would love to be in this position,” said Larry Jr. “I’m just fortunate, and God has definitely blessed me. To be able to come and play for Coach Green is an honor. I’m familiar with his coaching staff, and when you feel comfortable,usually that makes everything else a lot easier. I’m just going to try and come in running and prepare myself the best I can be to be outstanding,” Fitzgerald said.
And so he did come in running, running off to an impressive rookie season as a starting wide receiver for the ARizona Cardinals, pulling in eight touchdowns and racking up a total of 780 yeards in 2004.
Only halfway through the 2005 sophmore season, the Minneapolis native has already managed to surpass those numbers, compiling a total of 854 yards and averaging 14 yards per catch with still another half of the season remaining.
Growing up in Minneapolis, Fitzgerald played ball at the Academy of Holy Angels where he was ranked the fifth best receiver in the nation according to Tom Lemming and Prep Star, 12th ranked in the country by Super Prep and 19th-ranked in the country by Rivals100.com.
After receiving 73 receptions for 1,254 yards, 17 touchdowns as a senior, the Dream Team All-American choice signed with the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. As a Panther, his athleticism only doubled along with his achievements so much, that the Sporting News appraised him as , “A Once-in-a-decade receiver, who runs routes like an NFL vet, contorts his body like a circus freak and cranks out numbers like a switchboard operator.”
Hands down the man is a monster on the football field. ANd it is up to us (Minnesota fans) to make sure he “monsterizes” the elite talent of the league in Hawaii this February. All you have to do is vote Larry Fitzgerald into the Pro Bowl game by visiting http://nfl.com/probowl. The deadline is December 15, so don’t delay!