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New Cardinals WR Marvin Harrison Jr. eyes Larry Fitzgerald-like career

Marvin Harrison Jr. speaks to the media after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals at the 2024 NFL Draft on Thursday in Detroit. Photo by Rena Laverty/UPI

DETROIT, April 25 (UPI) -- New Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. said he hopes to have a similar career to Larry Fitzgerald, but first expects a learning curve after being picked No. 4 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

"I'm just going to go out there and be me," Harrison told reporters Thursday. "I'm not going to try to be anybody else."

Harrison made the comments after walking off the stage Thursday in downtown Detroit. He was the first non-quarterback picked, following selections of Caleb Williams to the Chicago Bears, Jayden Daniels to the Washington Commanders and Drake Maye to the New England Patriots.

Harrison, an All-American at Ohio State the last two seasons, will now catch passes from Kyler Murray as part of a revamped Cardinals offense.

Former Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. was an All-American the last two seasons. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI
Former Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. was an All-American the last two seasons. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI

Harrison became the earliest wide receiver taken by the Cardinals in an NFL Draft since 2004, when they selected Fitzgerald at No. 3 overall. He went on to become the franchise's all-time leading pass catcher, with 1,432 catches for 17,492 yards and 121 touchdowns.

"Hopefully, I can have the career that Larry had," Harrison said. "That would be amazing. I gotta try to be me and work as hard as I can and help the team win football games."

Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) will catch passes from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in 2024. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI
Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) will catch passes from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in 2024. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI

Harrison also will be chasing the legacy of another legend, his father. The Pro Football Hall of Famer is the Indianapolis Colts' all-time leading pass catcher, with 1,102 catches, 14,580 yards and 128 scores.

"I've been training for this my whole life," Harrison said. "It's always been my goal to play in the NFL. There will be some learning curve, but hopefully I'll learn fast."

Former Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (L) caught 28 touchdown passes the last two years. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI
Former Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (L) caught 28 touchdown passes the last two years. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI