The Arizona Cardinals are a professional football team based in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Cardinals were founded in 1898, and are the oldest continuously run professional American football club in the United States.
The team was established in Chicago in 1898 and was a charter member of the NFL in 1920. Along with the Chicago Bears, the club is one of two NFL charter member franchises still in operation since the league's founding. (The Green Bay Packers were an independent team until they joined the NFL in 1921). The club moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1960 and played in that city through 1987 (sometimes referred to as the "football Cardinals," "Big Red," "Gridbirds," or "Cardiac Cards" to avoid confusion with the baseball St. Louis Cardinals). Before the 1988 NFL season, the team moved to Tempe, Arizona, a college town suburb of Phoenix, and played their home games for the next 18 years at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium. In 2006, the club began playing all home games at the newly constructed University of Phoenix Stadium in the northwestern suburb of Glendale.
The franchise's lone NFL championship game victory came in 1947 while they were based in Chicago, two decades before the first Super Bowl game was ever played. The club's other NFL championship occurred in 1925, eight years before the league began holding a championship game, and is a controversial title to this day. The much contested title was believed to belong to the Pottsville Maroons but was given to the Cardinals instead in the so-called 1925 NFL Championship controversy. In the six-plus decades since winning the championship in 1947, the team suffered many losing seasons. They have been to the playoffs six times and have won six playoff games, three of which were victories during their run in the 2008-09 NFL Playoffs. During that season, they reached Super Bowl XLIII. The team has also won four division titles (1974, 1975, 2008, and 2009) since their 1947-1948 NFL championship game appearances. In addition, the club won one NFC Championship Game in 2008.
The Cardinals conduct their annual summer training camp at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
- 1 Franchise history
- 2 Logo and uniforms
- 3 Season-by-season records
- 4 Single-season records
- 5 Cardinals career records
- 6 Players of note
- 7 Pro Football Hall of Famers
- 8 First-round draft picks
- 9 Current Staff
- 10 Radio and television
- 11 Miscellaneous
- 12 Notes and references
- 13 External links
Logo and uniforms
The team has used cardinal red jerseys since Chris O'Brien bought them for the club in 1898. For most of their history, the Cardinals have used the same basic uniform design of white helmets, white pants with red stripes on the sides, and either red or white jerseys.
Starting in 1947, the team had a logo of a cardinal bird perched on the stitches of a football. However, the club did not attach a logo to their helmets until they debuted a cardinal-head logo in 1960, the year the franchise moved from Chicago to St. Louis. The Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988, and the flag of Arizona was added to the sleeves the following year. In 1990, the team began wearing red pants with their white jerseys.
In 1994, the Cardinals participated in the NFL's 75th anniversary throwback uniform program. The jerseys were similar to those of the 1920s Chicago Cardinals, with an interlocking "CC" logo and three stripes on each sleeve. The uniform numbers were relocated to the right chest. The pants were khaki to simulate the color and material used in that era. The Cardinals also stripped the logos from their helmets for the two games, at Cleveland (Sept. 18) and home vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 30).
In 2005, the team unveiled its first major changes in a century. The cardinal-head logo was updated to be a more aggressive version of its predecessor, making it look meaner. Numerous fans had called the previous version a "parakeet". Black again became an accent color after an eight-year absence, while trim lines were added to the outside shoulders, sleeves, and sides of the jerseys and pants. Both the red and white jerseys have the option of red or white pants.
Hoping to break a six-game losing streak, the Cardinals wore the red pants for the first time on October 29, 2006, in a game at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers won 31–14, and the Cards headed into their bye week with a 1–7 mark. Following the bye week, the Cardinals came out in an all-red combination at home against the Dallas Cowboys and lost, 27–10. Arizona did not wear the red pants for the remainder of the season and won four of their last seven games. However, the following season, in 2007, the Cardinals again wore their red pants for their final 3 home games. They wore red pants with white jerseys in games on the road at the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks. They paired red pants with red jerseys, the all-red combination, for home games against the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, and St. Louis Rams. The red pants were not worn at all in Template:Cardinals NFL season, but they were used in home games vs. Seattle, Minnesota, and St. Louis in 2009. They have yet to be paired with the white road jerseys since the 2007 game at Seattle.
The Cardinals' first home game in Arizona, in 1988, saw them play in red jerseys. Thereafter, for the next 18 years in Arizona, the Cardinals, like a few other NFL teams in warm climates, wore their white jerseys at home during the first half of the season—forcing opponents to suffer in darker-colored jerseys during Arizona autumns that frequently see temperatures over 100 °F (38 °C). However, this tradition did not continue when the Cardinals moved from Sun Devil Stadium to University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006, as early-season games (and most other home games late in the season) were played with the roof closed. With the temperature inside at a comfortable 70°F (21°C), the team opted wear red jerseys at home full-time. The Cardinals wore white jerseys at home for the first time in University of Phoenix Stadium on August 29, 2008, in a preseason game against the Denver Broncos.
The Cardinals wore white at home for the first time in a regular season game at University of Phoenix Stadium against the Houston Texans on October 11, 2009. In October 2009, the NFL recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and players wore pink-accented items, including gloves, wristbands, and shoes. The team thought the pink accents looked better with white uniforms than with red.
The 2010 season saw the Cardinals debut a new, alternate black jersey. Prior to its introduction, the Cardinals were the only NFL team without an alternate jersey or throwback kit, save for the NFL's 75th anniversary program in 1994.
Points Scored: 427 (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Passing Yards: 4,614 Neil Lomax (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Passing Touchdowns: 30 Kurt Warner (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Passes Completed: 401 Kurt Warner (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Passes Attempted: 598 Kurt Warner (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Longest Completed Pass Thrown: 98 Yards Doug Russell (Template:Cardinals NFL season) / Ogden Compton (Template:Cardinals NFL season) / Jim Hart (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Consecutive Games With a Touchdown Pass: 22 Kurt Warner (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Rushing Yards: 1,605 Ottis Anderson (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Rushing Attempts: 337 Edgerrin James (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Rushing Touchdowns: 14 John David Crow (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Rushing Touchdowns (Rookie): 10 Tim Hightower (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Longest Rushing Attempt: 83 yards John David Crow (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Rushing Yards Per Game: 100.3 yards Ottis Anderson (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Receptions: 103 Larry Fitzgerald (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Receiving Yards: 1,598 David Boston (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Receiving Touchdowns: 15 Sonny Randle (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Punt Returns in a Season: 44 Vai Sikahema (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Longest Punt Returns: 102 yards Larod Stephens-Howling (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Field Goals: 40* Neil Rackers (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Extra Points Made: 53 Pat Harder (Template:Cardinals NFL season)
* NFL Record
Cardinals career records
- Passing Yards: 34,639 Jim Hart (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Passing Touchdowns: 209 Jim Hart (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Rushing Yards: 7,999 Ottis Anderson (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Receptions: 548 Larry Fitzgerald (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Receiving Yards: 8,497 Roy Green (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Pass Interceptions: 52 Larry Wilson (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Field Goals Made: 282 Jim Bakken (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Points: 1,380 Jim Bakken (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Total Touchdowns: 70 Roy Green (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Punt Return Average: 13.7 Charley Trippi (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Kickoff Return Average: 28.5 Ollie Matson (Template:Cardinals NFL season, Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Punting Average: 44.9 Jerry Norton (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
- Sacks: 66.5 Freddie Joe Nunn (Template:Cardinals NFL season–Template:Cardinals NFL season)
Players of note
Pro Football Hall of Famers
- Charles Bidwill, team owner
- 1 Jimmy Conzelman, QB-CB, head coach
- 1 John "Paddy" Driscoll, QB-S-K-P, head coach
- 2 Walt Kiesling, G-DT, head coach
- 4 Ernie Nevers, RB-S
- 13 Guy Chamberlin, TE-DE
- 33 Ollie Matson, RB
- 62 Charley Trippi, RB-QB
- 81 Dick "Night Train" Lane, CB
St. Louis Cardinals
- 8 Larry Wilson (St. Louis)
- 40 Pat Tillman (Arizona)
- 77 Stan Mauldin (Chicago)
- 88 J. V. Cain (St. Louis)
- 99 Marshall Goldberg (Chicago)
Ring of Honor
Template:See also The Cardinals' Ring of Honor was started in Template:Cardinals NFL seasonto mark the opening of University of Phoenix Stadium. It honors former Cardinal greats from all eras of the franchise's history. Following is a list of inductees and the dates that they were inducted.
- Charles Bidwill, Owner (August 12, 2006)
- Jimmy Conzelman, Coach (August 12, 2006)
- Dan Dierdorf, T (October 16, 2006)
- John "Paddy" Driscoll, QB (August 12, 2006)
- Marshall Goldberg, HB (August 12, 2006)
- Dick "Night Train" Lane, DB (August 12, 2006)
- Ollie Matson, HB (August 12, 2006)
- Ernie Nevers, FB (August 12, 2006)
- Charley Trippi, HB/QB (August 12, 2006)
- Roger Wehrli, CB (October 14, 2007)
- Larry Wilson, S (September 10, 2006)
- Pat Tillman, S (November 12, 2006)
- Aeneas Williams, CB (November 9, 2008)
First-round draft picks
Radio and television
The Cardinals' flagship radio station was KMVP, "ESPN Radio 860." KMVP assumed the broadcast rights in 2006 after many years on KSLX-FM and KDUS. Dave Pasch, Ron Wolfley, and Paul Calvisi handle the radio broadcast. Most preseason games are televised on KNXV, channel 15, the local ABC affiliate. Mike Goldberg and Glenn Parker are the TV announcers.
On New Year's Day 2007, KMVP began a simulcast of KTAR, which switched to an all-sports format (the news/talk station became 92.3, KTAR-FM). For the 2007 season, KTAR was the official flagship station; however, some broadcasts were also heard on 92.3 FM because of conflicts with Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games on 620 AM.
Due to Phoenix's high temperature and strong sunshine in early September, eight of the team's first 13 home openers in Arizona were held, at earliest, in week 3. In 1990 and 1991, the Cardinals opened with three consecutive road games before finally coming home in week 4. For the same reason, the team's home opener was a nationally-televised night game (two Monday Night Football games and 12 Sunday Night Football games) from 1988 to 2001. The team hosted ten straight home openers as Sunday Night Football games from 1989 to 1998.
Notes and references
- Arizona Cardinals official web site
- Sports E-Cyclopedia.com
- Cardinals coverage on The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com
- Arizona Cardinals News Updates
Frankford Yellow Jackets
1948 & 1949