Arizona Cardinals superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is a big fan of MMA. And he's also pretty knowledgeable. Along with this, he was recently quoted by SI.com's Loretta Hunt as saying the following:
"Fighters are the toughest, hands down. Their livelihood depends on how they can take a punch and throw one. There's no other job like that, besides boxing. They're as mentally tough as they come. Our game is different: you don't have to worry about getting punched and kicked."
Perhaps just as interesting, however, are the sheer amount of NFL players and coaches that are into MMA. And apparently Fitzgerald's coach, Ken Whisenhunt is a supporter as well.
"Coach [Ken] Whisenhunt is pretty cool about it," Fitzgerald said. "He orders the [pay-per-views] for us on Saturdays, as long as it's not after we have to be in our rooms for curfew. He watches them with us. There's usually about a good 20-25 of us watching in our dining hall. No beers are cracked, but every guy has his favorites and cheers them on. Every summer, there seems to be a UFC pay-per-view on during our first weekend of camp, so we rent out a restaurant and about 40 of us go over, enjoy some non-alcoholic beverages and food, and watch the fights there."
Boy, has this sport taken off.