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Andy Reid, Tom Brady Admit to Trying to Lure Larry Fitzgerald Into Comeback

Former Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been retired from the NFL since 2020, but apparently two of the biggest names in the league attempted to recruit him at various points.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid appeared on Fitzgerald’s Let’s Go! podcast with Tom Brady and Jim Gray and admitted he coveted Fitzgerald during the receiver’s career.

“I’ve tried to hire Larry 15 different times,” Reid said. “I begged him even when he was out a year to come back. C’mon.”

Brady, who is entering his first year of retirement, jumped in and shared a similar story.

“That makes two of us,” Brady said. “I tried to recruit Larry many times, and he kept shooting me down. … Fitz, he’s like, ’No, I’m pretty good here.’ I said ‘Wait a minute, hold on.’ … He said ’Nah, I’m pretty happy with where I’m at.’ I think he made a good decision.”

Fitzgerald couldn’t help but laugh as Reid and Brady shared their stories. It’s wild to believe that Fitzgerald could’ve been a Chief, Patriot or Buccaneer at some point in his career.

Instead, the 11-time Pro Bowler spent his entire 17-year career with the Cardinals, racking up 1,432 receptions for 17,492 yards with 121 touchdown catches.

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