Maybe it wasn’t ever going to be much of a contest. Elliot Harrison of NFL.com set out to name the best player in every NFC team’s history, and the Arizona Cardinals’ selection really doesn’t come as much of a surprise.ARIZONA CARDINALS: Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiverWhen you think of Fitzgerald’s career, you probably begin to ponder hard-luck athletes across sports. Of course, that’s really the story with every great player in Cardinals history — there just haven’t been enough winning seasons to go around. That said, the first thought that comes to my mind is Fitzgerald’s performance in the 2008 postseason: 30 catches for 546 yards and seven touchdowns! Another Larry, Hall of Fame safety Larry Wilson, was the toughest competition here. Harrison notes Fitzgerald’s historic postseason run, which was truly something to behold. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories But besides that, the former No. 3 overall selection in 2004 has amassed 846 receptions, 11,367 yards and 87 touchdowns in 10 seasons, all of which have come with the Cardinals. An eight-time Pro Bowler and one-time First-Team All-Pro, Fitzgerald is also the first (and only) Cardinal to appear on the cover of EA Sports’ Madden NFL Football video game, which he did so for the “Madden 10” in 2009.
Veterans’ hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions. Chances for dying or being readmitted within 30 days of treatment for those conditions varied only slightly for patients hospitalized within the VA system versus at outside hospitals, the 2010-2013 study found. (2/9) Study Finds VA Hospitals Providing ‘High-Quality Care’ Researchers looked at death and readmission rates and found the ones at Veteran’s Affairs hospitals were similar to those of other facilities. In other news, the House passes legislation aimed at improving mental health and suicide prevention services for female veterans and a bill to increase oversight over VA construction projects following a funding debacle at a Colorado hospital. The Associated Press: VA Hospitals Compare Favorably On Deaths, Readmission Rates For older men with heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia, being treated at a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) hospital carries similar risks of death or hospital readmission compared to other facilities, according to a new study. Rates of death from any cause within 30 days of admission were slightly lower at VA hospitals, and hospital readmission rates were slightly higher, but the differences were very small, researchers found. (Doyle, 2/9) The House on Tuesday approved a bill to increase oversight and management of large construction projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs after a new VA hospital outside Denver tripled original cost estimates. The bill requires the VA to allow the Army Corps of Engineers or other federal agencies to manage projects that cost more than $100 million. The VA also would be required to keep Congress closely informed about large projects. Money could not be spent on advance planning or design until 60 days after Congress is notified. (2/9) Los Angeles Times: House Passes Bill Focused On Mental Health Of Female Veterans This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Under a House bill passed Tuesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs would have to look closely at whether its mental health and suicide prevention programs meet the needs of the growing number of female veterans. A study released over the summer found that women who have served in the military commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of those in the civilian population. (Wire, 2/10) Reuters: Veterans’ Hospital Performance Similar To Other U.S. Hospitals The Associated Press: House Approves Bill To Tighten Control On VA Construction