Larry Fitzgerald gathers the team together in Arizona
They might not have a quarterback, but the Arizona Cardinals got together Tuesday in informal fashion for some work.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald gathered the troops at Arizona State University and about 20 showed up, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. It was double the turnout there was on Monday. Like the Dallas Cowboys said about their situation, a lot of Cardinals players live in the Phoenix area year-round, so that makes organizing something like this easier.
Fitzgerald flew in his personal trainer Bill Welle from Minnesota and he put the players through an hour of agility drills. He’s also arranged for retired NFL assistant coach Jerry Sullivan to work with Cardinals wide receivers. That's a creative way to get around not being able to have NFL coaches work with players during the lockout.
"I'm not pressuring anybody," Fitzgerald told Somers. "I tried to call all my teammates, guys I thought would be in town and just say, 'Hey, if you want to get together, I'm more than happy to have you in. I'll get the footballs. I'll bring the trainer. Just bring your cleats and some water.'
"We have a unique situation here (in Arizona)," he said. "As opposed to say Green Bay or Minnesota, where most guys are gone (in the off-season), a lot of guys who play here in Arizona stay here. It's 80 degrees in April. Where else better is there to be?"
Quarterbacks Max Hall and John Skelton took part in the workout. Hey, maybe Fitzgerald can phone Kurt Warner, just for the heck of it.
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