Larry Fitzgerald's first, latest seasons eerily similar

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The career of future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning potentially ended Sunday night in Denver, while the future of another surefire Hall of Famer is still in flux.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald won’t likely retire anytime soon, but his career in Arizona may come to an end this offseason if he and the team can’t agree on a new contract. If 2014 was his last season with the Cardinals, his career would’ve statistically come full circle

The similarities between Fitzgerald’s 2014 season, his worst season in 10 years, and his rookie year of 2004 are scary.

Statistically, they’re almost exactly the same. Comparing them, however, comes with a few caveats: Fitzgerald was 31 in 2014 compared to 21 in 2004; he played in 14 games in 2014 and 16 in 2004; and the Cardinals went 11-5 and to the playoffs in 2014, compared to 6-10 in 2004.

A few other similarities:

  • The most Fitzgerald was targeted in any one game during each season was 12 times.

  • Fitzgerald's first touchdown pass of each season came in the fifth game.

  • He was targeted 10 times in the second game of each season.

  • Fitzgerald had 98 yards in Week 5 in 2014 and 94 yards in Week 5 in 2004 -- both were his first games of 90 yards or more in each season.