Darnell Dockett offers his unique take on Larry Fitzgerald
Whenever Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett speaks to the media, you know that he’s going to have some comedy gold. And that’s exactly what happened on Friday afternoon.
Dockett was being asked about the differences in playing defensive end and wide receiver, and specifically Larry Fitzgerald. Dockett, who is entering his 11th season in the NFL, was asked if he sees the window closing for himself and Fitzgerald, Dockett response was standard
“The position I play is the most physical position on the field,” Dockett said. “Can’t do it 20, 21 years.”
Dockett then decided to have some fun at the expense of his fellow veteran and friend, that is of course is where it get’s interesting. Dockett used some ‘colorful’ language in his talk that we won’t repeat here.
“Larry, that’s a different position,” Dockett said. “He plays wide receiver. Play that (expletive) as long as you want. Jerry Rice played, what, 18 years? Larry is always in shape, Larry will probably be 20 (seasons) in the (expletive) league. He never gets hit, he always falls down, he don’t get tackled.”
Dockett was smiling while saying this so everyone knew that Dockett wasn’t being serious. Someone then quipped that Fitzgerald is everyone’s friend and that sparked Dockett off again.
“Of course, he gets Pro Bowl votes, (and) with 600 receiving yards he’s the starting wide receiver in the Pro Bowl,” Dockett continued, smile still in place. “He’s the friendliest guy I’ve ever (expletive) met in my life.”
Dockett went on to say that defensive ends don’t have any friends in the league and that he is lucky to be playing his position at the highest level after so long in the NFL.
“My position, you ain’t gonna have no friends. You shake hands after the game but during the game you’re trying to kill each other. I’m fortunate to be playing the position at the highest level. I don’t look at the years as far as the window closing. I look at it the opportunities to play the snaps. I’m blessed. Unfortunately I’m not 185 and 6-3 and run and catch fade routes all game. I do the dirty work. I’m all good. I’m thankful. Somebody’s got to do it.”
This is why Darnell Dockett is so loved by the Arizona faithful. His performances on the field might have decloned in recent years, but there’s never a dull moment when he’s taking to the media or taking to Twitter.