TAMPA, Fla. — Back in the desert, Larry Fitzgerald perpetually, habitually looks up. For the ball. For the Ring of Honor around University of Phoenix Stadium. For his Pro Football Hall of Fame aspirations and the atmosphere into which he soars, trying to find his ceiling, his limit.
He looks up, and he keeps on ascending. Larry Fitzgerald Sr. imagines the same Arizona sky, the heavens, and he tears up.
“You know what? The last time his mother saw him play was here in Phoenix,” this proud father, a sports writer with the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, was saying last week standing outside the Arizona Cardinals’ locker room at their Tempe, Ariz., facility.