Pro Career: Originally entered the league as a seventh-round pick (219th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2009 NFL Draft. Released by the 49ers on 9/3/11 and signed a futures contract with the Raiders on 1/5/12. Released by Oakland on 8/31/12. Signed to 49ers practice squad on 12/26/12. Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on 4/4/13.
Pro Career: Originally entered the league as a seventh-round pick (219th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2009 NFL Draft. Released by the 49ers on 9/3/11 and signed a futures contract with the Raiders on 1/5/12. Released by Oakland on 8/31/12. Signed to 49ers practice squad on 12/26/12. Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on 4/4/13. Released on 8/30/13 and signed to practice squad on 9/2/13. Promoted to Cardinals active roster on 12/10/13.
2013: After spending the first 14 weeks of the season on the practice squad, was elevated to active roster on 12/10 and played in one game … inactive @ Ten (12/15) … made Cardinals debut and saw action on special teams @ Sea (12/22) … inactive vs. SF (12/29).
2010: Played in five games and had three special teams tackles … recorded one special teams tackle vs. NO (9/20), @ Atl (11/3) and vs. Phi (10/10) … inactive (quad) vs. Oak (10/17) … placed on injured reserve (quad) on 10/19.
2009: Saw action in seven games as a rookie and collected four special teams tackles … inactive the first four games of the season … made his NFL debut and recorded his first career special teams tackle vs. Atl (10/11) … had one special teams tackle @ Ind (11/1) … notched a career-high two special teams tackles @ GB (11/22) … placed on injured reserve (knee) on 12/1.
College: Played in 50 games with 22 starts … finished collegiate career with 112 tackles, five INTs and two sacks … appeared in 13 games and made nine starts as a senior in ’08, recording 43 tackles, two INTs, one sack, one fumble recovery, and one pass defensed … as a junior in ’07, replaced four-year starter and first-round draft pick LaRon Landry as starting free safety … helped LSU to a national championship, playing in all 14 games with 13 starts and setting career highs with 54 tackles, three INTs, and six passes defensed … also had one sack … had five tackles and a fourth-quarter INT in BCS National Championship Game win over Ohio State … played in 12 games and had 12 tackles in ’06 … appeared in 11 games and collected three tackles as a redshirt freshman … redshirted in 2004.
Personal: Attended Franklinton (LA) High School where he played safety, quarterback and wide receiver … moved from QB to WR during his junior year … had 28 receptions for 562 yards and six TDs as a senior … earned all-district honors and led team to a state regional appearance in 2003 … younger brothers, Jhyryn and Brandon, also played football at LSU, and Brandon was a third-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2012 … majored in General Studies, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, Communication Studies and Sports Studies.
Bruce Arians was named AP Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. The Cardinals have posted a 21-11 record in two seasons under Arians
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald chats with NFL Media's Akbar Gbajabiamila after the 4th Annual NFL Honors about what winning the 2014 Art Rooney award means to him.