TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals large receiver Larry Fitzgerald stated his thoughts wandered to darkish locations and he began making ready for the worst-case state of affairs throughout his 13-day quarantine at dwelling as a result of coronavirus.
Fitzgerald, 37, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 record on Thanksgiving. He began feeling signs two days later they usually continued by the weekend and into that Monday.
“I feel the scariest half, and I feel anyone that is had it, is no one actually can provide you any solutions,” Fitzgerald stated. “You study new data each single day. You’re feeling signs and also you ask, and no one actually can inform you, ‘It is gonna be higher,’ or ‘That is how lengthy it will normally final.’
“I imply, there is not any actual reply, so your thoughts type of wonders and also you’re sitting at dwelling, and also you’re watching TV and also you see the instances and also you see the deaths throughout the nation, and all this stuff are working by your thoughts and, clearly, you are concerned. However, luckily, I used to be in a position to get by it and I really feel a lot better.”
He added: “You actually type of simply re-evaluate issues and it makes you actually admire the well being that you’ve got and speaking to your youngsters each day and to see their concern.”
Fitzgerald, who was activated from the record Tuesday, stated he nonetheless has hassle tasting and smelling, and he misplaced 9 kilos throughout his quarantine. Whereas at dwelling, Fitzgerald stated he revised his will and property planning, together with different initiatives, in addition to studying quite a bit, that he stated he had been procrastinating on.
“It wasn’t something out of the abnormal,” Fitzgerald stated. “I used to be productive with the time on the home. When you could have that type of time to actually do nothing and no obligations, you are inclined to attempt to fill it with issues that that you must get finished, so I assume I used to be as productive as you may be throughout that point.”
Whereas he was getting issues finished round the home, Fitzgerald stated he did not ponder his soccer future. He had a extra urgent difficulty at hand.
“It was extra so the rapid future, like, you already know, staying alive and issues of that nature,” Fitzgerald stated. “Soccer, and the way lengthy I play soccer, did not actually cross my thoughts.”
Fitzgerald stated he was receiving 200 to 400 textual content messages and calls a day.
“So, these type of issues actually places put life in perspective and you actually admire the issues that you simply do have in life,” he stated.
Fitzgerald is not certain if or how a lot he’ll play in opposition to the New York Giants on Sunday, however he tried to remain in form at dwelling by working and “quite a bit” of Peloton exercises. However with virtually a two-week break in the course of a season, Fitzgerald returned to observe Wednesday feeling “one of the best I’ve ever felt,” because the break helped just a few nagging accidents heal.
Watching soccer on TV whereas he was away additionally helped Fitzgerald see the sport from a unique perspective.
“If you’re enjoying within the sport, you are actually involved about what your job is and what that you must be doing and how one can be efficient to assist your workforce,” Fitzgerald stated. “If you’re truly taking a step again, a fowl’s eye view, you see much more.
“… You do see issues that you simply usually would not see once you’re enjoying, and really it was fairly useful to have the ability to observe from a distance.”