Larry, Weight and Leadership Are Not The Same (Oh, And You’re A Receiver)

Larry Fitzgerald is currently at 217 pounds.  He doesn’t like that.

“Ideally, if I could play at 213, 214, that’s when I’m at my best. When I’m at ’12 it’s hard to deal with me because I can run all day, and I feel strong enough at the point of attack where I can break tackles and stuff like that.”

“I never like to be the guy who says, ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ I don’t want to lead like that. If I ask you to do something, it’s because I’m doing it, because I’ve done it and I believe it’s going to help…I can’t tell you to drop your weight until I have all my ‘I’s’ dotted and ‘T’s’ crossed.”

And while I understand the sentiment behind his desire to lose the weight and be in shape, that is just not going to make him into a leader.  Let’s be real, the receiver cannot really lead from that position.  He can try, but it isn’t going to produce anything because he has to have the ball thrown to him by someone who is a better leader than he.  Jerry Rice had Joe Montana and Steve Young on the other side of the ball.  You see the difference?  At one time it was Kurt Warner–now, it’s not.  So, that’s kind of a problem for a receiver who wants to lead his team in some form or fashion.  That isn’t his job.  Plus, it’s just a couple pounds.  I can think of many larger issues than that.  Again, I understand the sentiment, but I just don’t think that it is wise for this to be the focus, you know?

I hope that Larry Fitzgerald gets a better quarterback because that will solve most of his problems here.  It will, because then he will have something stable on the other side of the ball.


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