The Arizona Cardinals' wide receiver had one of his worst seasons in his career in 2012 with with career lows in yards per reception (11.2) and receiving touchdowns (4), and the University of Pittsburgh product produced the second-lowest yardage total (798) of his nine-year NFL career.
It wasn't really his fault though.
Fitzgerald's skills are as good as ever but Arizona's quarterback play left a lot to be desired. He knows it was a season to forget as the Red Birds finished a dismal 5-11 after a 4-0 start.
"It was a rough season, in all aspects," Fitzgerald told azcentral.com. "But it's behind me now. I view that as a learning experience, something to never happen again. We've got a great new head coach and coordinator and system that have been brought in this year, and I'm excited about it. I think there will be some great opportunities."
With a new head coach an offensive guru Bruce Arians and a new quarterback in veteran Carson Palmer there should be plenty of opportunities galore. The Red Birds look much improved (on paper) heading into training camp on July 25.
They have to prove it on the football field though.
Although Fitzgerald is still in his prime, he realizes he can always get better.
"You can always improve," Fitzgerald explained to azcentral.com. "Even in my best seasons, I look back at the tape, and there's plays I think I feel like I should have made or I could have made and would have made. I just have to have as little of those as possible on my resume."
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