Future Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald has some advice to the NFL’s Class of 2016: Be quiet, work hard and mind your manners -- in a nutshell, be like former LSU Tigers Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.
Fitzgerald, star player for the Arizona Cardinals, issued his advice this week on The Players’ Tribune, a media company that provides a platform for athletes to connect directly with fans and others in their own words.
Fitzgerald said the transition to profession football can trip up some players, but teammates Peterson and Mathieu navigated the process extremely well.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they were also two of the hardest working rookies I’ve ever been around,” he wrote. “You never heard a thing from either of those guys. Never. They didn’t speak a lot, but when it came to practice and conditioning, they were always first. First guys in the building, last guys to leave. They had the mindset that they were going to come in and be productive players. They didn’t say it, they showed it. That’s a good example to follow.”