St. Arizona Cardinals?
Super Bowl standout and All Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald was photographed with a throwback Cardinal suspension helmet at last week's Pro Bowl in Hawaii. He scored two touchdowns for the winning NFC team and was named the game's MVP. The symbolism reflected by Larry's seemingly approval of the old style headgear and one bar facemask is obvious. His style of play rekindles fond memories of the golden era of football where the receivers total efforts were dedicated to "making the play work" rather than planning out their next end zone celebration.
His second Super Bowl touchdown will be forever immortalized by the end zone camera as he approaches it full speed, arms violently pumping and head bobbing vertically to maximize oxygen intake -- we old timers flash back to Fred Biletnikoff or Willie Brown both historically filmed in similar prospective. As Larry accelerates well ahead of all defenders and is assured of an uncontested score, just like those glorious Raiders of the past, he expresses no intention of slowing down into an ego inspired "parade lap" style as he crosses the goal line. He is forever a warrior, and the battle is still on.
Even if they no longer allow players
to wear those glorious "old style" uniforms and helmets we can still
capture some of the original nobleness that the game has passed down by
watching Larry Fitzgerald perform on the field.