THOUSAND OAKS, California – Ndamukong Suh likes to quarterbacks.
Especially quarterbacks named Sam Bradford.
It's really nothing Bradford did. Yet the defensive tackle of the Los Angeles Rams told the podcast "Around the NFL" during the training camp that he always marks the calendar for matchups against the quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals.
"He definitely has a slightly bigger target on his back," Suh said Wednesday, while the Rams are preparing for the cardinals on Sunday in an NFC West matchup at the Coliseum.
It all goes back to 2010 when the St. Louis Rams selected Bradford from Oklahoma with the best general choice in the NFL draw.
Suh, who played in Nebraska, came second with the Detroit Lions.
That is something Suh, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-fold All-Pro (which also received a fine of nearly $ 300,000 for overly aggressive play throughout his career), will never forget.
And he will not let Bradford, who has experienced a never-ending battle with injuries, be forgotten.
"Great, I get it," Bradford said. "I think everyone wants to hit me, I think that's a bit how it goes, so I do not really think about it much more than every other week."
Suh and Braford met only eight times in eight seasons. Suh fired him twice.
Their career has gone completely different since 2010, when they were called the offensive and defensive rookies of the NFL respectively.
Bradford played five seasons for the Rams, but was sidelined for a long time, including the entire 2014 season, due to ankle and knee injuries. The Rams swapped Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, but he was again plagued by injuries and trafficked at the Minnesota Vikings where, you guessed it, he was injured again.
The cardinals signed Bradford this offseason for a one-year deal worth $ 20 million.
As far as Suh is concerned, he played five seasons for the Lions before he signed a record breaking six-year $ 114 million contract with the Miami Dolphins, making him the highest paid defending player in NFL history.
Suh played three seasons in Miami before the dolphins released him.
He then chose to sign a $ 14 million annual contract with the Rams this offseason. But not without first reminding managers of the team they had passed on eight years ago.
"It was all fun," Suh said. "But it's over and done." Sam went first and I became second, it's something we all have to live with. "
But on Sunday Bradford can feel the effects again.