Mark Wahlberg Tried to Recruit Larry Fitzgerald for the Patriots (Video)
Earlier this week Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he wasn’t sure superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald would return to the Cardinals for the 2017 season. Then Fitzgerald said he would make “an announcement” on Wednesday. So you can imagine the anxiety Cardinals fans experienced on Wednesday afternoon when Mark Wahlberg started talking about recruiting Fitzgerald to the Patriots.
Wahlberg, of course, is a die-hard Patriots fan often seen hanging out in the owners box at Gillette Stadium with team owner Robert Kraft. His comments about recruiting Fitzgerald came during a press conference at the Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
“I’m playing with him next week,” Wahlberg told AZ Central. “We played last year in the AT&T, so I’m playing with him again this year. I apologize to the people of Arizona, but I will try to recruit him for the Patriots for one year. Go get a ring and retire a championship.”
Wahlberg added that he plans to have help.
“When [the Patriots] win the Super Bowl, Belichick will be playing at the AT&T, so we’ll recruit [Fitzgerald],” said Wahlberg. “Then Mr. Kraft will give him his big check and go get that ring, go out in style.”
Take a look:
— azcentral (@azcentral) February 1, 2017
Luckily for Cardinals fans, it looks like Wahlberg’s plan has already been foiled. Later on Wednesday, Fitzgerald announced that he would return to the Cardinals in 2017 to play out the final year of his contract. The Cardinals will pay him $15.85 million for his services, but they’ll most likely get their money’s worth. Fitzgerald may be 33 years old, but he still led the NFL with 107 receptions in 2016, recording the eighth 1,000-yard season of his career.
Hat Tip – [The Score]