When it comes to training camps, most NFL players will do anything they can to avoid participating because it is a lot of hard work. Over the years, some veterans have found ways to avoid training camp, but for the most part, they all have to participate. One of the veterans who isn’t a big fan of training camp is Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who said training camps stink. Since the Cardinals are one of the favorite NFL expert picks to win the Super Bowl, Fitzgerald is at camp, but it doesn’t mean he is having fun.
In an interview with reporters, Fitzgerald said training camps aren’t fun for players. He said that he had a home 30 minutes from the team’s training camp location, but he has to sleep in a hotel because that is what the job requires.
Fitzgerald sad that as players, there’s not much they can do other than to focus on what they can control.
On the positive side, the weeks of repetition the players go through helps them to become better players by the time the season starts. It also provides Fitzgerald with a great opportunity to win his first Super Bowl.
Last season, Arizona finished 13-3 and made it to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost to the Carolina Panthers. This year, the Cardinals are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and if they can stay relatively healthy, they have a great chance of winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl.
After losing to the Panthers, Fitzgerald took the loss very hard, which is understandable because the receiver knows that at age 32, his window to win a championship is rapidly closing.
At the start of training camp, Fitzgerald was asked if this will be his final training camp. The receiver told reporters that he doesn’t know if it is. He also added that he didn’t know what he would have for dinner that day.
The one thing Fitzgerald does know is that this is probably the most talented team he has ever been on. Last season, quarterback Carson Palmer showed that he is still a very good quarterback, especially if he has the right weapons around him.
Palmer had arguably the best season of his career, a year after suffering a season ending injury. Palmer finished second to Cam Newton in the MVP race, and would have given the Cardinals a better opportunity to win the NFC Championship Game if he didn’t injure his throwing hand in the final game of the regular season.
In addition to a healthy Palmer, the Cardinals offense returns two receivers that had over 1,000 yards last season in Fitzgerald and John Brown, Michael Floyd, who had 879 receiving yards last year, as well as running backs Chris Johnson, who had 814 rushing yards last season, and David Johnson, who added 581 rushing yards.
The Cardinals also didn’t have injured defensive back Tyrann Mathieu during the playoffs, and are hoping he can stay healthy for the entire season this year.
Despite his feelings about training camp, Fitzgerald said he is excited about Arizona’s chances this year, and believes the team has a chance to do something special this year.