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.
Respect your age.
When he was younger, Fitzgerald could do whatever he wanted, but now, at 30, he knows his body recovers slower than it once did. "I want to make all the right moves so that the next day I can work out at the same capacity as the day before," he says. To this end, he takes great pains to make sure he's eating well. As soon as each workout is done, he drinks a protein shake from his sponsor EAS Sport Nutrition. He's also taken cooking classes in an effort to make sure he can properly prepare a highly caloric yet balanced meal from scratch.
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