Larry Fitzgerald compared to Chris Carter, no contest
Make no doubt about it, Larry Fitzgerald is one of the top receivers in the NFL today. In fact, according to Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Chris Carter said that Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is the one and only receiver whose hands are worthy of being compared to Carter’s own.
What do the stats say about Larry Fitzgerald compared to the newest member of the Hall of Fame?
The following stats are looking at the first nine years of Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Carter provided by ESPN.com and Pro-Football-Reference.com.
Carter, 133 – Fitzgerald, 140 – Edge: Fitzgerald
Carter, 571 – Fitzgerald, 764 – Edge: Fitzgerald
Carter, 7,204 – Fitzgerald, 10,413 – Edge: Fitzgerald
Carter, 66 – Fitzgerald, 77 – Edge: Fitzgerald
In the first nine years of both Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Carter’s career it’s clear that Fitzgerald has an edge.
A further look at who was throwing each player the ball.
Randall Cunningham, Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon, Jim McMahon, Warren Moon
Josh McCown, Kurt Warner, Matt Leinart, Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley
It’s safe to say that Larry Fitzgerald is on pace to have a better career than Hall of Famer, Chris Carter by looking at the stats for the first nine years. Carter excelled later in his career putting together 1,000 yard seasons from 1996-2000 including 130 more touchdowns. Brad Johnson, Randall Cunningham, Daunte Culpepper, and an explosive Vikings offense helped Carter achieve his stats.
If the Arizona Cardinals are able to find a solid quarterback that can consistently get the ball to Fitzgerald his numbers could be off the charts.
GB Bongiovanni is a syndicated writer and owner of TPF. He can be contacted at GB@GMAEnterprises.com and @GBBongiovanni