Larry Fitzgerald is maybe the greatest receiver working in the NFL today, and with two injured quarterbacks, he'll be working double-time for the Cardinals this week. At just 31, Fitzgerald recently became the youngest player to catch 900 passes, and he hopes to add a few more while supporting quarterback Ryan Lindley in his first start on Sunday.
Fitzgerald sat down with Extra Mustard to talk about the NFL's Sportsmanship Award, Christmas gifts, and, of course, his favorite sandwich.
Extra Mustard: Tell me a little bit about this promotion you're doing with Visa.
Larry Fitzgerald: We're giving fans a trip for two to the Super Bowl in Arizona. They can enter by signing up for Visa Checkout or using the Visa Checkout account they already have. So when they're doing their holiday shopping, they can also enter to win Super Bowl tickets.
EM: What gifts are you buying this year?
LF: I'm still putting my list together now in between games. I usually do most of my shopping online, going out to stores around Christmas is too crowded.
EM: What was the best gift you ever got when you were a kid?
LF: Definitely a bike. Any time I got a bike I was elated, you know. Being from Minnesota, that was always what we did as kids, as soon as the snow melted, we would go out and ride bikes. When we finally got to take them out of the garage when the snow started to melt? That was the best.
EM: What kind of food do you always have in your house around Christmas?
LF: Honey-baked ham. That's the food I always start thinking about this time of year.
EM: Any favorite Christmas movies?
LF: A Christmas Story, definitely.
EM: You just became the youngest player to get 900 receptions. How's that feel?
LF: Good, now. I wasn't really thinking about it during the game. I was focusing so much on the game, didn't even realize it until after the game was over and someone told me.
EM: You're also a finalist for the NFL's Sportsmanship Award. Congratulations.
LF: Thanks, being a finalist really means a lot to me, because that's how I try to live my life every day, you know?
EM: If you win, the NFL will donate $25,000 to a charity of your choice. Where would you donate the money?
LF: We'd use the money at my charity, the First Down Fund, that I started in 2005. We're funding breast cancer research and sports activities for kids. It's definitely my passion and it's a huge part of my life, and I'd love to see that money go to a good cause.
EM: And we end every Extra Mustard interview the same way: What's your favorite sandwich?
LF: Oooh… I'd say a turkey club. A turkey club on whole-grain bread with a little spicy mustard.