After what he calls the worst season of his career, Larry Fitzgerald, one of the NFL's best wide receivers, had a busy off-season. Fitzgerald headed north to Minneapolis, his hometown, with the Cardinals' new quarterback, Carson Palmer, to work on new plays before training camp. Fitzgerald, who doesn't much like losing, financed the whole thing.
With his $5 million base salary about to jump to $13 million, he can afford it. "If I play at my best, I know it gives the team a better chance to succeed," he says.
To that end, he's subjected himself to a routine refined over nine years in the NFL. Here's how Fitzgerald prepared himself – and the Cardinals – for the comeback that seems to be waiting right around the corner.
Mix it up.
As the season approaches, Fitzgerald works out twice a day on the field, hits the gym in the morning, and cross trains every afternoon. "I like to mix it up," he says. "It keeps it interesting." It also helps make sure he's all muscle. He dropped from 225 pounds this off-season to 215 pounds.
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