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Fitzgerald, Rolle in blood fued

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10: Wide receiver Larry

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a catch for a touchdown in the third quarter of the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty/Jeff Gross

Larry Fitzgerald may seem like a pretty docile guy, but this week he’s not only sent some trash talk to Antrel Rolle, he’s threatened him with physical violence.

“I told him the other day in a text message I was going to try to bust his nose,” Fitzgerald said in his conference call with New York reporters on Wednesday. “When we were in college, he tackled me and inadvertently got his hand in my facemask and had me bleeding on national TV, so I was teasing him about it.”

Today, Rolle said he received that text.

“I’ve been hearing that ---- all week,” he said with a chuckle.

Rolle said he didn’t know he had broken Fitzgerald’s nose in the Pitt-Miami game in 2002 until the following day when he say the highlights of Fitzgerald having to change his bloody jersey.

“Until the day we die he’s never going to leave that alone,” Rolle said. “It’s something he always hangs over me.”

The two players are very close, not only from their days as Big East battlers but as teammates in Arizona, and both referred to each other as a “brother.”

“Larry is a great guy,” Rolle said. “He’s a guy who made me better throughout my career and I think I definitely helped him out and made him better throughout his career. So it’s going to be good to go up against each other and have another battle.”

Fitzgerald sounded like he’s looking forward to having a chance to talk to Rolle a little bit after the game on Sunday. But he knows that Rolle will probably start the conversation DURING the game.

“Antrel is going to be doing talking to me, but I won’t do any talking to him,” Fitzgerald said. “You know those Miami guys, they like to talk. I don’t like to do too much talking, it takes me out of my game and I need to focus.”

“I’m going to come up to him and give him a little ----,” Rolle said. “I have to. Tough love.”


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