Larry Fitzgerald said Wednesday he feels good. Until someone brought up the photo of current teammate and fellow wide receiver Andy Isabella after a Thankgiving day football game in 2009, the one in which the then-12-year-old Isabella was wearing a Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals jersey.
"I saw that," Fitzgerald said. "That makes you feel old, you see some of the young guys coming in now and they're like in grade school when you were playing (in the NFL). That's not a good feeling."
The day Isabella was muddying up his Fitz jersey, future teammate Fitzgerald was practicing with the Cardinals in preparation for a road game against the Titans, a game in which Matt Leinart started for a concussed Kurt Warner. The Cardinals lost that day, 20-17, and Fitzgerald had four catches for 34 yards.
That year, the Cards went on to a 10-win season, with Fitzgerald totaling 97 catches for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns. That year, Isabella made it through seventh grade.
Still, each guy figures to be important to the other this season, whether it comes on the field and drawing defensive attention from the other or off the field, where Fitzgerald can presumably mentor Isabella along with the other young receivers. After he was drafted, Isabella said one of the first things he wanted to ask Fitz was about his secrets in sticking around the NFL so long. Assuming Isabella actually asked.
"Andy doesn't talk at all," Fitzgerald said. "He initiates zero conversation. If you talk to him, he'll answer and then go about his business. He's all football all day long. He knows his playbook, he works his tail off every day, but conversation is not his strong suit."