The Cardinals’ Pro Bowl receiver admitted to the team’s official website on Tuesday that he’s always been a Vikings fan.
“I grew up a Vikings fan and I would be lying to you if I didn’t say I was still a Vikings fan,” Fitzgerald said. “Growing up in Minnesota it’s second nature. I still pull for them when I’m not playing them. A lot of my closest friends in the NFL are Vikings. I’m close with [Everson] Griffen, Jared Allen, Phil [Loadholt], Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph. You pull for your friends.”
Although headline-grabbing, this news isn’t the least bit surprising. Fitzgerald was born and attended high school in Minnesota, and even was a ball boy for the Vikings. He now resides in Arizona, but the 29-year-old’s family ties remain in the Twin Cities, where his father, Larry Sr., currently works as a sportswriter.
While Fitz is unlikely to ever play for his hometown team, there’s nothing wrong with maintaining a rooting interest. Just ask Cam Newton.
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