Larry Fitzgerald will always be a fan of Vikings, Adam Thielen
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By Courtney CroninESPN Staff Writer

EAGAN, Minn. -- Larry Fitzgerald cut his teeth in the NFL long before he built his Hall of Fame resume. The Minneapolis native got to live out the dream of many 15-year-olds as a ball boy during Dennis Green’s Minnesota Vikings tenure, which afforded him the chance to watch the likes of Cris Carter, Randy Moss, John Randle and Randall McDaniel up close.

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Now in his 15th season with the Arizona Cardinals and embarking on what’s likely his last trip to Minnesota to play in front of his hometown crowd, Fitzgerald’s ties to the Vikings organization prove this isn’t just another game.

"I pull for those guys every week, except for when I’m playing against them," Fitzgerald said. "I still got a little purple running through my veins."

On Sunday, Fitzgerald will encounter several familiar faces, including longtime equipment manager Dennis Ryan, who gave the star receiver his first job. He’ll also see Adam Thielen, the league’s second-leading receiver (589 yards), whose path crossed with Fitzgerald’s years...

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