Larry Fitzgerald knows as well as anyone that the first step in accomplishing anything starts with making a commitment, whether you’re building a beach-ready body or chasing a Super Bowl ring.
“The first important thing for me is that you have to be goal orientated,” said the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, who represented Abbott’s EAS Sports Nutrition at the Arnold Sports Festival in Ohio over the weekend. “You have to find something that you want to accomplish, that you want to achieve. You want to drop 15 pounds. You want to be able to run four miles. There has to be some goal that you set for yourself and, after you’ve reached that goal, you set a new one. You always have to be shooting for something, striving for something.”
Fitzgerald said there’s no difference between his father, Larry Fitzgerald Sr., a sportswriter for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, trying to drop 15 pounds and the junior Fitzgerald looking to snag 14 TD passes this upcoming season. Starting next fall, the 10-year veteran is taking aim at his Cardinals team securing a spot in the NFL playoffs, after getting squeezed out last season despite a solid 10-6 record.
In terms of his off-season training, Fitzgerald says he hasn’t changed much in recent years. He opts to work out more efficiently instead of laboring for longer, harder workouts.
He’ll be leading a Cardinals team desperate to make some noise in the NFC West, unquestionably the toughest division in professional football, housing the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. Fitzgerald has already done work to ensure his team can reach its goal, restructuring his contract and lowering his salary to $1 million in 2014. This move will save the Cardinals a nearly $10 million salary cap hit, help bring more talent on board, and if things go as Fitzgerald plans, secure a spot atop the NFC West heading into the playoffs.
“Our only goal is to win the NFC West,” he said. “That’s our first goal. That’s not going to change from year to year.