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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald becomes second-youngest player to reach 15K receiving yards

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has added another chapter to his illustrious NFL career.

During Thursday night’s 22-16 loss to the Seahawks, the 10-time Pro Bowl receiver caught 10 passes for 113 yards, with on of those catches — a 17-yard reception with 9:23 left in the game — pushing him over the 15,000 career receiving yards mark, making him only the sixth player in NFL history to reach that milestone.

The 34-year-old Fitzgerald also became the second-youngest player in NFL history hit that mark, with only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice reaching 15,000 yards at a younger age (33).

The catch also gave Fitzgerald more than 150 catches against Seattle, which combined with his numbers against the Rams (166 catches) and 49ers (163) make him the first player in NFL history with at least 150 catches against three different teams.

“You want to make every play that comes in your direction,” Fitzgerald said. “You pride yourself on those.”

Fitzgerald now has 15,066 receiving yards for his career and is on pace to pass Tony Gonzalez (15,127 career yards), Isaac Bruce (15,208) and Randy Moss (15,292) by the end of this season.

If Fitzgerald decides to return for a 15th NFL season in 2018, he could reach No. 2 all-time on the list by surpassing Terrell Owens’ 15,934 yard mark. However, hitting the pinnacle of Rice’s 22,895 yards is likely and impossible feat, as most expect that record to never be broken.

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