Eleven-time NFL Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald has opened up about his harrowing battle with the coronavirus.
The 37-year-old Arizona Cardinals star revealed on Thursday that the virus exacted a heavy toll on him physically -- and had him preparing for the worst.
The surefire future Hall of Famer, who has been sidelined since testing positive on Nov. 26, told reporters that he shed a whopping nine pounds during the illness -- and his rough condition understandably prompted him to consider his own mortality.
Fitzgerald conceded he updated his will during the ordeal, he told reporters.
"You reevaluate some things," Fitzgerald explained.
"There were a couple days I didn't feel great," he added.
The 17-year veteran, who starred collegiately with the Pittsburgh Panthers, said the episode had him thinking about much more than just the balance of his career.
“I didn’t really look at it like that," Fitzgerald said. "It was more like the immediate future -- like staying alive. Football, and how long I’ve played football, didn’t really cross my mind.”
The Cardinals have activated Fitzgerald ahead of the team's Week 14 matchup against the Giants in New York.
The veteran superstar said he's feeling much better, though his senses of smell and taste have not yet returned. On the plus side, he said the downtime has allowed him to heal up from some of the minor bumps and bruises accumulated over the course of a long season.