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NFL Legend Larry Fitzgerald Attends Utah Jazz Game Against Memphis Grizzlies

Nov 1, 2023, 8:47 PM

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 13: Larry Fitzgerald speaks during the Super Bowl LVII Host Committee Handoff Press Conference at Phoenix Convention Center on February 13, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was in Utah to watch the Jazz take on the Grizzlies in the Delta Center on Wednesday.

Seeing a football legend sitting courtside must’ve motivated the Jazz as they jumped out to a 42-19 lead by the end of the first.

Fitzgerald had a long 17-year career in the NFL. He played all 263 of his games in an Arizona Cardinals jersey.

From 2004 to 2020, Fitzgerald posted 1,432 receptions for 17,492 yards and 121 touchdowns.

Since retiring, Fitzgerald joined ESPN as an analyst for Monday Night Countdown and other NFL broadcasts.

He was picked for the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team, 100th Anniversary All-Time Team, and was also named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2016.

Jazz Head Home After Winless Road Trip

The Utah Jazz will have a clean injury when they face the 0-4 Memphis Grizzlies in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night.

Rookies Taylor Hendricks and Brice Sensabaugh have returned to the Jazz according to the team’s injury report after being assigned to the Salt Lake City Stars earlier in the week.

The Grizzlies meanwhile are down two starters for the foreseeable future as they look to snap their four-game losing streak.

The Jazz return to Utah after dropping back-to-back road games against the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets.

Kevin Durant led the shorthanded Suns to a blowout 126-104 victory over the Jazz on Saturday night, before Monday’s 110-102 loss in Denver.

Despite the loss to the Nuggets, the Jazz appeared to finally find some cohesion in their starting lineup in Denver.

The Jazz won both the third and the fourth quarter as coach Will Hardy kept the starters on the floor for an extended period to open the half.

“There were way more positive things coming out of tonight than negative,” Hardy said after the loss. “Obviously we would have preferred to win, but that’s a very good basketball team.”

The most notable positive came from the Jazz’s frontcourt. After a slow start to the year from second-year center Walker Kessler and newcomer John Collins, the new pairing along with All-Star Lauri Markkanen combined for 64 points and 36 rebounds in the loss.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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NFL Legend Larry Fitzgerald Attends Utah Jazz Game Against Memphis Grizzlies