Cardinals' WR Larry Fitzgerald: We're the Spurs of the NFL

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgeraldsaid he sees a lot of comparisons between his team and the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

The Cardinals sit at 6-1, atop the NFC West, going into their conference showdown with the Dallas Cowboys (6-2) on Sunday. 

Fitzgerald said he likes how the Spurs go about their business, winning ugly and pulling out close games. In five of Arizona's games this season, the lead or deficit entering the fourth quarter has been seven points on fewer.

"We're a blue collar, grind-it-out team right now," Fitzgerald told The Arizona Republic. "We're the San Antonio Spurs. We're not flashy. We'll take all those ugly, nasty, sloppy wins. But we're not even close to fulfilling our potential on offense. And it would be nice to put it all together." 

As for the perception that Fitzgerald has lost a step and that he might not be with the team next season, Fitzgerald says he isn't worried about that. He restructured his 2014 base salary from $12.75 million to $1 million this season. His salary cap number for 2015 is $23.6 million.

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From The Arizona Republic:

“I’ve always been the best at what I do, even from high school,” Fitzgerald said. “People will always nitpick. They said LeBron James couldn't make jump shots. When Sammy Sosa was hitting 60 home runs, they said he couldn't hit curveballs. People always find things to say about you. I don't listen to that. I work hard on my strengths and harder on my weaknesses."

Fitzgerald, 31, has 30 catches for 443 yards and two touchdowns this season. In 11 NFL seasons, Fitzgerald has 876 catches for 11,810 yards and 89 touchdowns.


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