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98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station Breaks Larry Fitzgerald News

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After Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer announced their retirements, many wondered if Larry Fitzgerald would be next. At the age of 34 and coming off of a season where he hauled in 109 passes for 1,156 yards, becoming just the second player in league history to post at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards seasons in back-to-back-to-back campaigns beyond the age of 30, there wasn’t much left to prove for the future hall of famer.

But Arizona Cardinals fans can rejoice, knowing that the face of their franchise isn’t done just yet.

Earlier this morning, new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks appeared on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station with Dog Franz and Ron Wolfley and broke the news. “It’s a very exciting time for all of us. To all the Arizona Cardinals fans around the world, Larry mentioned to me last night that he is coming back for the 2018 season. You’re talking about a future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. He is totally committed — those are his words — so we’re excited and ecstatic to have him part of the Arizona Cardinals.”

By choosing to return, Fitzgerald will have an opportunity to gain ground in the NFL record books. He currently ranks third all-time in receiving yards (15,545) and receptions (1,234), and eighth in receiving touchdowns (110). He’s 389 yards short of Terrell Owens (15,934) for second on the all-time receiving yards list and 91 receptions away from catching Tony Gonzalez, who is also second in NFL history.

Wilks added, “Personally, I felt honored, to be honest, to know he is really committed to coming back, understanding right now that of course we don’t have a quarterback on the roster. It just shows you his character and the kind of person he is.”

To hear the interview click here.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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