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Arizona Cardinals
Current season
Established 1898; 116 years ago (1898)
Play in University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona
Arizona Cardinals logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1920–present)

Current uniform
Ariz Cardinals uniforms.png
Team colorsCardinal, White, Black
              
MascotBig Red
Personnel
Owner(s)Bill Bidwill
ChairmanBill Bidwill
PresidentMichael Bidwill
General managerSteve Keim
Head coachBruce Arians
Team history
Team nicknames
The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw, Cardiac Cards, Bird Gang
Championships

League championships (2)

Conference championships (1)

Division championships (6)

Playoff appearances (8)
NFL: 1947, 1948, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1998, 2008, 2009
Home fields
Since 1920
 
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Arizona Cardinals
Current season
Established 1898; 116 years ago (1898)
Play in University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona
Arizona Cardinals logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1920–present)

Current uniform
Ariz Cardinals uniforms.png
Team colorsCardinal, White, Black
              
MascotBig Red
Personnel
Owner(s)Bill Bidwill
ChairmanBill Bidwill
PresidentMichael Bidwill
General managerSteve Keim
Head coachBruce Arians
Team history
Team nicknames
The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw, Cardiac Cards, Bird Gang
Championships

League championships (2)

Conference championships (1)

Division championships (6)

Playoff appearances (8)
NFL: 1947, 1948, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1998, 2008, 2009
Home fields
Since 1920

The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team. They currently 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 States.[1]

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 then moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1960 and played in that city through 1987 (sometimes referred to as the "Football Cardinals" and / or the "Big Red" to avoid confusion with the Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals). Other less commonly used nicknames were the "Gridbirds" (used only by a local newspaper columnist) or "Cardiac Cards" (used only to refer to the 1975 team). 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, although the team's training facility is in Tempe, an eastern suburb.

The franchise has two NFL championships, both while it was based in Chicago. The first occurred in 1925, but is the subject of controversy, with supporters of the Pottsville Maroons believing that Pottsville should have gotten the title. Their second title, and the first to be received through a championship game, came in 1947, two decades before the first Super Bowl game was played.

In the six-plus decades since winning the championship in 1947, the team suffered many losing seasons, and currently hold the league's longest active championship drought. 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 won their only NFC Championship Game since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, and 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 2012 the Cardinals became the first NFL franchise to lose 700 games since its inception. The franchise's all-time mark at the conclusion of the 2013 season is 511–716–39.

From 1988 through 2012 (except 2005, when they trained in Prescott), the Cardinals conducted their annual summer training camp at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The Cardinals moved their training camp to University of Phoenix Stadium in 2013.

Franchise history[edit]

Logo and uniforms[edit]

Phoenix Cardinals uniform: 1989–1995
Arizona Cardinals uniform: 1996–2004

The team has worn 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.

Chicago Cardinals logo.

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.

During their 28 years in St. Louis, the Cardinals frequently wore white at home, especially for games vs. the Dallas Cowboys, hoping to bring out the "blue jersey jinx" which supposedly follows the Cowboys. The Cardinals wore white at home at least twice in every season between 1964 and 1981, and for every home game in 1964, 1965 and 1978. They wore white for their 1982 and 1983 home games vs. Dallas, but not at all from 1984 through 1987.

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, as new coach Joe Bugel wanted to emulate his former employer, the Washington Redskins, who at the time wore burgundy pants with their white jerseys (the team has since changed to wearing gold pants with all their 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).

The Cardinal head on the helmet was repeated on the white jersey from 1988–1995. In 1996, the state flag of Arizona was moved higher on the sleeve after the Cardinal head was eliminated, and black was removed as an accent color, instead replaced with a blue to match the predominant color of the state flag.. In 2002, the Cardinals began to wear all-red and all-white combinations, and continued to do so through 2004, prior to the team's makeover.

In 2005, the team unveiled its first major changes in a century. The cardinal-head logo was updated to look sleeker and meaner than its predecessor. Numerous fans had called the previous version a "parakeet".[2] 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 2008, but they were used in home games vs. Seattle, Minnesota, and St. Louis in 2009. The red pants were paired with the white road jersey for the first time in three years during a 2010 game at Carolina, but the white jersey/red pants combination was not used in 2011.

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 their darker 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 some 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 to 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.[3]

On many occasions, when hosting the Dallas Cowboys, the Cardinals would wear white in order to force the Cowboys to don their "jinxed" blue jerseys. They have not done this since moving into University of Phoenix Stadium, however.

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.[4]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Single-season records[edit]

Points Scored: 427 (2008)

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Returns

Kicking

Cardinals career records[edit]

Players of note[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Arizona Cardinals roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Unrestricted FAs

Restricted FAs

Exclusive-Rights FAs

  • 72 Everrette Thompson DE

Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 4, 2014
Depth ChartTransactions

67 Active, 0 Inactive, 8 FAs

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Retired numbers[edit]

Arizona Cardinals retired numbers
PlayerPositionTenureTeam based in
8Larry WilsonS1960–1972St. Louis
40Pat Tillman 1S1998–2001Arizona
77Stan Mauldin 1OT1946–1948Chicago
88J. V. Cain 1TE1974–1978St. Louis
99Marshall GoldbergHB1939–1943, 1946–1948Chicago

Notes:

Pro Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Arizona Cardinals Hall of Famers[5]
Chicago Cardinals
No.PlayerPosition(s)Seasons as a CardinalYear Inducted
1John "Paddy" DriscollQuarterback
Coach
1920–1925
1920–1922
1965
2Walt KieslingGuard / DT
Coach
1929–1933
1944
1966
4Ernie NeversFullback
Coach
1929–1931
1930–1931, 1939
1963
13Guy ChamberlinEnd & Coach1927–19281965
33Ollie MatsonRunning back1952, 1954–19581972
62, 2Charley TrippiRunning back1947–19551968
81Dick "Night Train" LaneCornerback1954–19591974
Jim ThorpeRunning back19281963
Charles BidwillTeam Owner1933–19471967
Jimmy ConzelmanCoach1940–1942
1946–1948
1964
Earl "Curly" LambeauCoach1950–19511963
Stydahar, JoeJoe StydaharCoach1953–19541967
St. Louis Cardinals
8Larry WilsonSafety1960–19721978
13Don MaynardWR19731987
22Roger WehrliCornerback1969–19822007
72Dan DierdorfOffensive tackle1971–19831996
81Jackie SmithTight end1963–19771994
Arizona Cardinals
22Emmitt SmithRunning back2003–20042010
35Aeneas WilliamsCornerback1991–20002014

italics = played a portion of career with the Cardinals and enshrined representing another team
Dierdorf, Smith, Wehrli and Wilson are members of the St. Louis Football Ring of Fame in the Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams.

Ring of Honor[edit]

Pat Tillman's portrait – Faces of the Fallen gallery – Arlington National Cemetery.

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[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Arizona Cardinals staff
Front Office
Head Coaches
Offensive Coaches
 
Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Todd Bowles
  • Defensive Line – Brentson Buckner
  • Outside Linebackers – James Bettcher
  • Linebackers – Mike Caldwell
  • Defensive Backs – Nick Rapone
  • Cornerbacks – Kevin Ross
  • Pass Rush Specialist – Tom Pratt
  • Defensive Assistant/Assistant Defensive Backs – Ryan Slowik
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
  • Strength and Conditioning – Buddy Morris
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Pete Alosi

Coaching staff
Management
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Radio and television[edit]

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. Pasch and Wolfley are also 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.

Radio affiliates[edit]

Cardinals Radio Affiliates

CityCall SignFrequency
Phoenix, ArizonaKTAR-AM620 AM
Phoenix, ArizonaKTAR-FM92.3 FM
Safford, ArizonaKATO-AM1230 AM
Sedona, ArizonaKAZM-AM780 AM
Lake Havasu City, ArizonaKNTR-AM980 AM
Prescott, ArizonaKQNA-AM1130 AM
Prescott, ArizonaKDDL-FM94.3 FM
Flagstaff, ArizonaKVNA-AM600 AM
Holbrook, ArizonaKZUA-FM92.1 FM
Yuma, ArizonaKBLU560 AM
Springerville, ArizonaKRVZ-AM1400 AM
Miami, ArizonaKIKO-AM1340 AM
Tucson, ArizonaKCUB-AM1290 AM
Kingman, ArizonaKGMN-FM100.1 FM

Miscellaneous[edit]

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 three. In 1990 and 1991, the Cardinals opened with three consecutive road games before finally coming home in week four. 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.

Patrick Daniel "Pat" Tillman (November 6, 1976 – April 22, 2004) was an American football player who left his professional career while with the Arizona Cardinals and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and subsequent death, were the subject of much media attention.

One of the most popular players currently in Arizona cardinals uniform, Larry Fitzgerald, decided to restructure his contract in order to open up cap space for the team. This was extremely large news in the greater Phoenix area. The idea for the restructuring is to increase the chances of big signings in the off season for the Cardinals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arizona Cardinals team history, azcardinals.com
  2. ^ "Arizona brushes up logo of outdated bird", MSNBC.com January 29, 2005
  3. ^ "blogs – Kent Somers – Is white out for the Big Red?". Azcentral.com. October 29, 2009. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "There’s No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 6". Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers by Franchise". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 

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