Sam Bradford has 'never played with a guy like' Larry Fitzgerald before

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Sam Bradford has completed a pass to 63 different receivers in his eight-year career.

None, however, have been as good as Larry Fitzgerald.

In his ninth season, Bradford will find out what it's like to throw to a future Hall of Famer, now that he and Fitzgerald are teammates on the Arizona Cardinals.

"I've never played with a guy like that before," Bradford said. "Yeah, I've played with some good receivers, but when you talk about Fitz, he's in a class that very few guys are in.

"To be a part of that and to get to play with him, it's probably one of the best opportunities of my career."

The two are familiar with each other.

From 2010 to 2014, Bradford's first four seasons in the NFL, he and Fitzgerald were NFC West foes when Bradford played for the then-St. Louis Rams. Their teams faced each other twice a season, and even though they never squared off against each other on the field, Bradford remembered the instructions St. Louis' defense received during team meetings like they happened yesterday.

"You heard it in every team meeting, every week: 'We've got to try to stop him. They're going to try to get the ball to him,'" Bradford said. "No matter what you do, he's still going to get his catches, and he's still going to get his numbers."

The longer Bradford and Fitzgerald play together in 2018, the closer Bradford will come to watching history unfold in front of him.

Fitzgerald is 92 catches away from passing Tony Gonzalez and 389 yards away from passing Terrell Owens for second on their respective all-time lists. When Bradford completes a pass to Fitzgerald in a regular-season game, he'll become the 18th quarterback to do so in Fitzgerald's career.

"He's one of the best to ever do it," Bradford said.