GLENDALE, Ariz. – With a 22-yard reception toward the end of the first quarter, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald became the second-youngest player in NFL history to reach 12,000 receiving yards.
At 31 years and 77 days, Fitzgerald was ahead of Jerry Rice (31 years, 333 days) and trailed Randy Moss who hit the mark at 30 years, 306 days.
But Fitzgerald, who had two catches for 33 yards in Sunday’s 14-6 win over the Detroit Lions, doesn’t pay much attention to his records.
“I talked about it before, I don’t really look at the milestones like that,” he said. “It’s a long journey. You see [former Cardinals and Hall of Fame safety] Larry Wilson and [former Cardinals and Hall of Fame defensive back] Aeneas Williams in this locker room, guys who have been here for a long time and I have a great relationship with. Every time I talk to them, they just keep telling me to keep focusing on the things you can control and that’s winning and getting to 9-1.
“Those guys are pioneers for our game and to have them here today was a great inspiration and lift for us.”