INDIANAPOLIS — As I’m waiting for Larry Fitzgerald to wrap up his interview with Dave Dameshek and the “NFL.com Live” folks, I notice the large man standing to my right is Larry Fitzgerald Sr., father of the Cardinals wide receiver and longtime columnist for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.
Fitzgerald Sr. is working his 32nd Super Bowl. I ask him if he ever took his son to the big game, and he tells me he brought him along twice to “help enhance his dream.”
“My dad brought me to the Washington Redskins-Buffalo Bills game (in 1992 in Minneapolis) — that’s probably my finest memory,” Fitzgerald Jr. told me as he was shepherded to talk to Jim Rome. “Being able to go to that game was a lot of fun.”
I had to ask Fitzgerald Sr. about the disparaging comments he made in December about Cardinals WR Early Doucet. Fitzgerald Sr. criticized Doucet’s work ethic and said the Cardinals needed to get a better No. 2 receiving option.
Did he regret putting his son in a potentially uncomfortable situation with a teammate?
“Now that I look back on that, I probably shouldn’t have said that, but it was me speaking on the record on Twitter. It’s this day and age,” he said. “I said, ‘Hey, here’s the deal. This is what I think. I don’t think he’s a No. 2.’ I don’t think I made any news with that. That’s my opinion.”
I asked Fitzgerald Jr. what he thinks the Cardinals need to do to improve last season’s 8-8 record.
“I’m not very good at addressing the needs,” he told me. “They got people that are hired and paid to make those types of decisions, so I’m going to let them do that.”
— Dan Hanzus