Fitzgerald insists Hopkins will still be a Hall of Famer despite PED ban
Larry Fitzgerald does not believe DeAndre Hopkins' PED suspension will have any impact on his long-term legacy.
All-Pro wide receiver Hopkins was this month suspended for the first six games of the 2022 campaign for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
The news served as a substantial blow to the Arizona Cardinals and their hopes of success in the coming season.
But Cardinals legend and former team-mate Fitzgerald rejected talk of the ban tarnishing Hopkins' reputation.
"I don't think so," Fitzgerald said when asked by TMZ if he thought the suspension would taint Hopkins' legacy.
"He'll still be a Hall of Famer. He's talented. He'll work through it.
"It's just some adversity and, you know, he's a tough guy, resourceful, and he'll work his way through it."
The Cardinals may have a tougher time working their way through his 2022 absence.
With Hopkins on the field last year in the regular season, they went 8-2, averaging 30.2 points per game. In the seven games he missed through injury, the Cardinals were 3-4, scoring 21 points per game.
They start their 2022 campaign with an extremely difficult assignment, hosting a Kansas City Chiefs team that has reached the AFC Championship Game in each of the last four seasons.