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Larry Fitzgerald To Join MNF Crew

The legendary wide receiver is joining the show as a pregame studio analyst.

Larry Fitzgerald has been named the newest member of the Monday Night Football pregame crew. This is the official end of the saga of whether he would ever play another down in the NFL. Though most fans had long given up on the possibility of him ever playing again, for others, the fact that he never offered an “official” retirement left the door open to a slight hope that he may return for one final season.

That’s all history now as Fitzgerald starts the next chapter of his journey on Monday Night Football. He isn’t the first former Cardinal to take a step into game analysis. The great Dan Dierdorf became a color analyst on Monday Night Football, staying in the position from 1987 to 1999. In those days, Monday night games were broadcast on ABC. Dierdorf was selected as a member of the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, and he was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

Fitzgerald, too, will be a Hall of Famer one day. His place as one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of the NFL is cemented, having proven one of the most reliable, consistent, and clutch performers of all time at any position. He also stays busy in retirement from other pursuits, such as becoming a minority owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns in 2020. It wouldn’t be like him at all to not be involved with something important in some way.

Maybe the Cardinals are in a position to get better coverage on Monday Night Football with Fitzgerald on the panel, too. I know I can’t be the only fan who grows annoyed with Steve Young and his takes on Kyler Murray and, well, pretty much everything else. It’s going to be a welcome treat seeing the great Larry Fitzgerald onscreen again, even if it is just as a studio analyst on a pregame show.

 
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