Two of the most successful people in NFL history will square off this weekend, as Bill Belichick will try to lead the New England Patriots to a win over Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals.
Fitzgerald is nearing the end of his professional career, but the future Hall of Famer still remains a valuable asset in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. So far this season he has 43 receptions for 336 yards.
During his press conference on Wednesday, Belichick had some high praise for Fitzgerald, comparing him to Peyton Manning because of his “total obsession of knowing everything about the position, how to do things, and convey those to his teammates.”
Belichick is usually a man of few words, but clearly he has a ton of respect for Fitzgerald and wanted to let him know that he appreciates his work.
Bill Belichick compares Larry Fitzgerald/receivers to Peyton Manning/quarterbacks, “in terms of total obsession of knowing everything about the position, how to do things, and convey those to his teammates.” pic.twitter.com/HetPoeJv90
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 25, 2020
Fitzgerald’s physical gifts have declined over the years, but his attention to detail hasn’t changed a bit. That’s why he’s been able to hang around the NFL for 16 years.
Arizona has been inconsistent this season, especially over the last few weeks. Nonetheless, this could be Fitzgerald’s last chance to win a Super Bowl title with the franchise that drafted him back in 2004.
Kickoff for the Cardinals-Patriots game is at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.