It took a lot of controversy, hard feelings, and smack talk but Terrell Owens was finally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. Creating himself quite the stir once again, T.O. still receives his gold jacket regardless. The prestigious award of being selected for the Hall of Fame is definitely well-deserved for Owens. Right under Jerry Rice, his statistics speak for himself.
Trying to say “There will never be another T.O.” is only partially correct. Granted there may never be someone with the personality or ego as Terrell Owens, but there is one player currently in the NFL that statistically matches up with T.O.
Larry Fitzgerald has quietly created himself a first-ballot Hall of Fame kind of career. Entering the 2018 season at 34 years old, Fitzgerald has accumulated 1,234 total catches, 110 receiving touchdowns, and holds 15,545 total career yards. Yup, you read that right. Larry Fitzgerald is only 389 yards shy of breaking Terrell Owens’ career record of second-most receiving yards of all time — and he’s going to do it this year.
Normally the creative minds who come up with the NFL schedule each season have these types of statistics on lock-down on when the probability that athletes will be able to break a career record of this magnitude. Taking a quick peek at the Arizona Cardinal’s schedule, fans get three opportunities to watch Fitzgerald overtake T.O.’s record in primetime.
He could accumulate 400 receiving yards by week three against the Chicago Bears as the Game of the Week. Just in case Fitzgerald has a slow start to the season, history could be changed in week five versus the San Francisco 49ers on another Game of the Week slot. Just to add to security, the Cardinals have one more shot against the Denver Broncos in week seven on Sunday Night Football.
Larry Fitzgerald will most likely never be able to break Terrell Owens’ touchdown record. He has already accomplished more receptions and about to take the seat right under Jerry Rice’s wing for most receiving yards. By the time Fitzgerald retires, there will be no question he is a first-ballot hall of famer. His statistics can’t lie, and he has already won the appreciation of fans and judges by his humble personality and shining work performance. Fitzgerald will never brag about his numbers or accolades for his career, but a gold jacket will never fit a better candidate.