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PHOENIX — Two teams off to good solid starts and looking to bounce back after tough losses, the 4-2 Vikings and the 4-2 Cardinals, meet Sunday at Mall of America Field. The losses: Washington 38-Vikings 26 and Buffalo 19-Arizona 16 in overtime.

Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. in pink
Photo by Bruce Yeung

The Cardinals started 4-0 and have lost two straight. The Vikings and Cardinals are meeting for the second-straight year at the Metrodome.

Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. last Sunday had six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald became the 37th player in NFL history to surpass 10,000 receiving yards and the second-fastest in NFL history at age 29. This is Fitzgerald’s ninth season in the NFL.

The fastest to 10,000 yards in league history was former Viking Randy Moss, also doing so at age 29, just a few less days than Fitzgerald. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Fitzgerald once was a ball boy during the Dennis Green years. It was Green who drafted Moss, and Fitzgerald learned a lot looking up to Moss as a child.

This season marks the fourth year of the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch Campaign.” The NFL is in partnership with the American Cancer Society. League-wide the NFL will be helping to bring breast cancer awareness to the forefront in a variety ways throughout the month of October. It’s one thing the Vikings and Cardinals agree on: pink game balls, pink ribbon decals, players wearing pink cleats, wrist bands, gloves and sideline caps.

Fitzgerald lost his mother to breast cancer in April 2003, so during October, in honor of the NFL’s A Crucial Catch Campaign, Fitzgerald is serving for the third straight year as spokesman for the league-wide initiative. For every catch he donates $1,000 and for every touchdown $5,000.

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