Larry Fitzgerald’s Cardinal Rules

When it comes to catching footballs (and having sweet dreads) nobody is better than Larry Fitzgerald. Since reaching the NFL in 2004, the star of the 4-1 Arizona Cardinals has racked up nearly 10,000 receiving yards, more than any current player still in his 20s. The six-time Pro Bowler took a timeout from torching d-backs to fill us in on trash talk, pocket squares and QBs. But in honor of Fall For Food, we started with mealtime. (Which, funny enough, doesn’t include much steak.)

MADE MAN: What are some of your favorite foods to eat throughout the week?
LARRY FITZGERALD:
I really enjoy turkey. I like lamb. I eat a lot of fish. I try to eat as clean as possible. So I stay away from pork and things like that.

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You don’t need a lot of money to dress well. You just need confidence, a couple nice pieces and the ability to mix and match them up.

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MM: What’s your favorite non-performance-oriented food?
LF:
Oh, I can’t say that, ha ha. No, I would say my favorite cheat food is a Cookie Dough Blizzard.

MM: Obviously, nutrition plays a huge part in your training routine. What do you eat after a workout to get the most out of all that sprinting and lifting?
LF:
I always take my EAS recovery protein powder. It’s essential for me to recover fast and come back the next day with the same great performance. I feel like my recovery is definitely what separates me from the competition—to be able to bounce back faster and come back and work at a higher capacity. So I take that immediately after I get off the field.

MM: You’re known as one of the most sure-handed, best route-running receivers in the league. How can guys dominate their Turkey Day football game next month?
LF:
Practice. Practice makes perfect. I didn’t just become a route runner by falling out of bed. You’ve gotta put the time in, continue to work on those nuances of the game, and you’ll improve. But there’s no secret.

“Don’t feel bad, bro. I’m just really, really good.”

MM: Wide receivers and defensive backs seem to jaw constantly. What’s the funniest thing a defensive back has said to you during a game?
LF:
A couple of years ago, a guy was talking a lot of stuff to me, he was in my face, and I told him that his breath stank. And he was really mad, but he started laughing pretty hard when I told him that. But, you know, I don’t do a lot of trash talking out there. I gotta stay focused on doing what I gotta do.

MM: You were recently named one of the NFL’s best-dressed players. Got any style tips for us?
LF:
You’d be surprised. You don’t need a lot of money to dress well. You just need confidence, a couple nice pieces and the ability to mix and match them up. You know, I don’t have a crazy, crazy amount of stuff. But it’s just about me putting it together.

MM: Is that one of your style tips—only buy things that you really, really like?
LF:
Yes. The older you get, the more you realize it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. You want a nice pair of shoes that will last you years if you take care of them, as opposed to buying 10 pair. Or two or three pair of jeans instead of 30 pair. You gotta find out what works for you and just be efficient in how you use it.

We’re still trying to figure out how he fit that sweet jacket over his shoulder pads.

MM: You also seem to be a big proponent of the pocket square.
LF:
The pocket square is definitely one of those ways you can accessorize. But it may not be for every guy. You just have to be comfortable in what you put on. Don’t try anything that you’re really not comfortable with.

MM: Finally, the Cardinals play on a grass field. Do you think there would be fewer serious knee and head injuries in football if everyone went back to grass?
LF:
Well, in certain places it’s just tough. How would you grow grass in Ford Field? That would be difficult. Or how do you keep the grass alive in Buffalo? Grass is the best, but the FieldTurf fields now, they’re really good. I don’t think they’re as bad as when they had the old AstroTurf.

MM: OK, and just between us, whom do you prefer at quarterback, John Skelton or Kevin Kolb?
LF:
They’re both my friends. I love them both equally. That’s like asking me, who do you love more out of your sister and your brother? They might be different but you still love them the same.

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