Browns vs. Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald Guaranteed to Have Historic Performance

Cedric Hopkins@FieldandCourtContributor IDecember 15, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals can't hold on to a pass while defended by Dashon Goldson #38 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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When the Cleveland Browns (4-9) travel to University of Phoenix Stadium to take on the Arizona Cardinals (6-7) this Sunday (4:15 PM, ET, CBS), the Browns will be completely defenseless to stop wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald from having a historic performance.

Fitzgerald has already made franchise history this season by breaking Roy Green's touchdown record (69) after hauling in two touchdown passes against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 13. Fitz is now up to 72 career touchdowns and counting.

Fitzgerald also holds the franchise record for most receiving yards at 9,296, and let's not forget that he has the most receptions (675) in franchise history.

So with the records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches in the bag, what's next?

This Sunday, Fitzgerald will again make history. Since being drafted third overall in the 2004 NFL draft after his sophomore season at the University of Pittsburgh, Fitzgerald will have suited up against every single team (other than the Cardinals) in the National Football League.

Fitzgerald's feat of playing against every NFL team would have occurred much earlier, but when the Cardinals played the Browns in Week 13 of the 2007 season, Fitzgerald was injured and did not suit up.

Normally, Fitzgerald has to beat a defender, grab a pass and dive into the end zone to make history. Against the Browns, Fitzgerald just has to line up across from Browns cornerback Joe Haden, and history will be made.

Fitzgerald was one of the best draft choices by the Cardinals organization. They also recognized that he is a vital part of the team's success by making him one of the richest men in the NFL.

Prior to the start of the 2011 regular season, the Cardinals signed Fitzgerald to an eight-year deal worth $120 million, locking the receiver down until 2018. It appears that the Cardinals are the only ones who can lock down the receiver.