Larry Fitzgerald is arguably one of the best wide receivers to play in college and in the NFL. During his time at the University of Pittsburgh, Fitzgerald racked up 2684 yards while averaging 16.6 yards per catch and scored 34 touchdowns in just two seasons. Before entering the 2004 NFL Draft, he was taken third overall by the Arizona Cardinals.
CBS Sports just released an hour segment on the top 10 college-wide receivers of all time, and Fitzgerald cracked the top five.
“Sometimes freshmen come in from high school, and it takes a while, then some guys are mature to play. Larry Fitzgerald is one of those guys that came right in, and it was natural, said former Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt. He spent 15 years as a college coach accumulating 103-81 record and won four bowl games in nine appearances.
College Football Insider Brian Jones was in aw of how Fitgerald was able to catch the ball in college.
“When he was at Pitt wow, the grabs he would make on a weekly basis was phenomenal,” said Jones, who is a sports radio and television host with CBS Sports.
Jones played one season of college football at UCLA [University of California, Los Angeles] before transferring to the University of Texas. The Los Angeles Raiders would later draft him in the 8th round of the 1991 NFL Draft.
In his second season and final season at Pitt, Fitzgerald would lead the nation with nearly 1,700 yards, and 22 touchdowns six more than the close receiver.
CBS Sports’ Brent Stover had the opportunity to cover Fitzgerald for two seasons.
“I had the opportunity to live in Pittsburgh during his college career in those two years, and I haven’t had that much fun covering as a player as I did with him,” said Stover. When they needed him to make big plays, in big moments, and make ridiculous catches. He made a lot of them over a two-year span.”
Larry Fitzgerald would finish his college career as a finalist for the Heisman award in 2003 and he would be named the runner up to quarterback Jason White out of the University of Oklahoma.
After he left Pitt for the NFL, Fitzgerald is tearing up the NFL record books as he is currently second on the career receptions list, receiving yards, and sixth in touchdowns. All in an Arizona Cardinals uniform, he also has 11 Pro Bowl selection and one All-Pro Selection for the Future Hall of Famer.