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The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American Football team based in Tempe, Arizonamarker. They play their home games in Glendale, Arizonamarker. The Cardinals are 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 Statesmarker. They are the current NFC Champions.

The team was established in Chicagomarker in 1898 and was a charter member of the NFL in 1920. Along with the Chicago Bears, the club is one of two franchises still in operation since the league's founding. The club moved to St. Louis, Missourimarker, in 1960 and played in that city through 1987 (sometimes referred to as the "football Cardinals" to avoid confusion with the baseball St. Louis Cardinals). Before the 1988 NFL season, the team moved to Tempe, Arizonamarker, an eastern suburb of Phoenix, and played their home games for the next 18 years at Arizona State Universitymarker's Sun Devil Stadiummarker. In the club began playing all home games at the newly constructed University of Phoenix Stadiummarker in the northwestern suburb of Glendalemarker.

The franchise's lone NFL championship game victory came in 1947 while they were based in Chicago, and came 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 what is called the 1925 NFL Championship controversy. In the six-plus decades since winning the championship in 1947, the Cardinals have qualified for the playoffs only six times and have won only five playoff games, three of which were achieved during their run in the 2008-09 NFL Playoffs in which they reached Super Bowl XLIII. The team has also won only three division titles ( , , and ) since their 1947-1948 NFL championship game appearances. In addition, the club in 2008 became the last NFC team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to reach the Conference Championship Game.

The Cardinals conduct their annual summer training camp at Northern Arizona Universitymarker in Flagstaff.

Franchise history

Logo and uniforms

Arizona Cardinals uniform combinations
Chicago Cardinals logo.
Arizona Cardinals uniform: 1989-1995
Arizona Cardinals uniform: 1996-2004
The team has used the cardinal red jerseys since Chris O'Brien bought them for the club in 1901. And for most of its 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. When the Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988, the flag of Arizona was added to the sleeves. And in 1990, the team began wearing red pants with their white jerseys.

In , the team unveiled its first major changes in a century. The cardinal-head logo was updated to be sleeker and more menacing than its predecessor, which had been derisively called a "parakeet." Black was added as an accent color, while trim lines were added to the outside shoulders and sleeves, and the 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 Fieldmarker against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers won 31-14, and the Cards headed into their bye week with a 1-7 mark. Following their bye week, the Cardinals came out in their all-red combination at home against the Dallas Cowboys and lost, 27-10. Arizona did not wear the red pants since that loss to the Cowboys, and managed to win four of their last seven games. However, the following season, in 2007, the Cardinals again wore their red pants for some of their games. They wore red pants with their white jersey in games on the road at the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks. They paired red pants with the red jersey, wearing 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 2008, but they were used in a home game versus Seattle and will likely be coupled with the white jerseys on the road due to popular demand.

For their first 18 years in Arizona, the Cardinals, like many other NFL teams in warm climates, wore their white jerseys at home during the first half of the season—forcing opponents to suffer in their 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 possibly other home games late in the season) are played with the roof closed. With the temperature inside at a comfortable 70°F (21°C), Green opted to have the Cardinals wear their red jerseys at home full-time. In 2008, the Cardinals wore their white jersey 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.

Although the team does sell its previous team colored jersey as an alternate "fashion jersey" and even has it listed as the team's "alternate jersey", the team has yet to wear them in a game as a third jersey since retiring the jersey in 2005.

Season-by-season records

Single-season records

Points Scored: 427 (2008)






* NFL Record

Cardinals career records

  • Passing Yards: 34,639 Jim Hart (1966–1983)
  • Passing Touchdowns: 209 Jim Hart (1966–1983)
  • Rushing Yards: 7,999 Ottis Anderson (1979–1986)
  • Receptions: 537 Anquan Boldin (2003-present)
  • Receiving Yards: 8,496 Roy Green (1979–1990)
  • Pass Interceptions: 54 Larry Wilson (1960–2002) [49]
  • Field Goals Made: 282 Jim Bakken(1962-1978)
  • Points: 1,380 Jim Bakken (1962-1978)
  • Total Touchdowns: 69 Roy Green (1979–1990)
  • Punt Return Average: 17.7 Red Cochran (1947–1949)
  • Kickoff Return Average: 28.5 Ollie Matson (1952–1958)
  • Punting Average: 45.0 Jerry Norton (1959–1961)
  • Sacks: 66.5 Freddie Joe Nunn (1985–1993)

Players of note

Current roster

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Chicago Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals

Wilson, Dierdorf, Smith, Conrad Dobler (66, G), Jim Hart (17, QB), and Jim Hanifan (head coach) have been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Famemarker.

Retired numbers

Ring of Honor

The Cardinals' Ring of Honor was started in 2006 to 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.

First-round draft picks

The Chicago Years, 1936-1959
Year Player College Position
1936 Jim Lawrence TCU Back
1937 Ray Buivid Marquette Back
1938 Jack Robbins Arkansas Back
1939 Charles Aldrich TCU Center

Year Player College Position
1940 George Cafego Tennessee Back
1941 John Kimbrough Texas A&M Back
1942 Steve Lach Duke Back
1943 Glenn Dobbs Tulsa Back
1944 Pat Harder Wisconsin Back
1945 Charley Trippi Georgia Back
1946 Dub Jones LSU Back
1947 DeWit Coulter Army Tackle
1948 Jim Spavital Oklahoma A&M Back
1949 Bill Fischer Notre Dame Guard

Year Player College Position
1950 No 1st Rd Pick, Jack Jennings, (2nd Round) Ohio State Tackle
1951 Jerry Groom Notre Dame Center
1952 Ollie Matson San Francisco Back
1953 John Olszewski California Back
1954 Lamar McHan Arkansas Back
1955 Max Boydston Oklahoma End
1956 Joe Childress Auburn Back
1957 Jerry Tubbs Oklahoma Center
1958 King Hill Rice Back
1958 John David Crow Texas A&M Back
1959 Bill Stacy Mississippi State Back

The St. Louis Years, 1960-1987
Year Player College Position
1960 George Izo Notre Dame Quarterback
1961 Ken Rice Auburn Tackle
1962 Fate Echols Northwestern Defensive Tackle
1962 Irv Goode Kentucky Center
1963 Jerry Stovall LSU Safety
1963 Don Brumm Purdue Defensive End
1964 Ken Kortas Louisville Defensive Tackle
1965 Joe Namath Alabama Quarterback
1966 Carl McAdams Oklahoma Linebacker
1967 Dave Williams Washington Wide Receiver
1968 MacArthur Lane Utah State Running Back
1969 Roger Wehrli Missouri Defensive Back

Year Player College Position
1970 Larry Stegent Texas A&M Running Back
1971 Norm Thompson Utah Cornerback
1972 Bobby Moore Oregon Running Back/Wide Receiver
1973 Dave Butz Purdue Defensive Tackle
1974 J. V. Cain Colorado Tight End
1975 Tim Gray Texas A&M Defensive Back
1976 Mike Dawson Arizona Defensive Tackle
1977 Steve Pisarkiewicz Missouri Quarterback
1978 Steve Little Arkansas Kicker
1978 Ken Greene Washington State Defensive Back
1979 Ottis Anderson Miami Running Back

Year Player College Position
1980 Curtis Greer Michigan Defensive End
1981 E. J. Junior Alabama Linebacker
1982 Luis Sharpe UCLA Tackle
1983 Leonard Smith McNeese State Defensive Back
1984 Clyde Duncan Tennessee Wide Receiver
1985 Freddie Joe Nunn Mississippi Linebacker
1986 Anthony Bell Michigan State Linebacker
1987 Kelly Stouffer Colorado State Quarterback

The Arizona Years, 1988-present
Year Player College Position
1988 Ken Harvey California Linebacker
1989 Eric Hill LSU Linebacker
1989 Joe Wolf Boston College Guard
1990 No 1st Rd Pick, Anthony Thompson (2nd Round) Indiana Running Back
1991 Eric Swann No College Defensive End
1992 No 1st Rd Pick, Tony Sacca, (2nd Round) Penn State Quarterback
1993 Garrison Hearst Georgia Running Back
1993 Ernest Dye South Carolina Tackle
1994 Jamir Miller UCLA Linebacker
1995 No 1st Rd Pick, Frank Sanders, (2nd Round) Auburn Wide Receiver
1996 Simeon Rice Illinois Defensive End
1997 Tom Knight Iowa Defensive Back
1998 Andre Wadsworth Florida State Defensive End
1999 David Boston Ohio State Wide Receiver
1999 L.J. Shelton Eastern Michigan Tackle

Year Player College Position
2000 Thomas Jones Virginia Running Back
2001 Leonard Davis Texas Tackle
2002 Wendell Bryant Wisconsin Defensive Tackle
2003 Bryant Johnson Penn State Wide Receiver
2003 Calvin Pace Wake Forest Defensive End
2004 Larry Fitzgerald Pittsburgh Wide Receiver
2005 Antrel Rolle Miami Cornerback
2006 Matt Leinart Southern California Quarterback
2007 Levi Brown Penn State Left Tackle
2008 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Tennessee Statemarker Cornerback
2009 Chris Wells Ohio State Running Back

Coaches of note

Head coaches

Current staff

Radio and television

The Cardinals' flagship radio station was KMVPmarker, "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 KNXVmarker, channel 15, the local ABC affiliate. Mike Goldberg and Bill Lewis 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 be heard on 92.3 FM because of conflicts with Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games on 620 AM.


Since they moved to Arizona, the team had never hosted a opening week home game until 2006, the year the University of Phoenix Stadium opened, due to the high temperature and strong sunshine on early September in Phoenix area. During that span, 8 of 14 their home openers were held at earliest week 3.

By the same reason, their home opener had been always a nationally-televised night game (2 Monday Night Football games and 12 Sundaynight Football games) from 1988 to 2001. They hosted 10 straight home openers as Sunday Night Football games from 1989 to 1998.

Notes and references

  1. Arizona Cardinals team history,
  2. "Arizona brushes up logo of outdated bird", January 29, 2005
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Edited by Randall Liu, pp. 393, Workman Publishing, 2001, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2

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