The Arizona Cardinals were founded in 1898 as Morgan Athletic Club, since then, they have continued to be one of the best American football club. In most cases, the Cardinals play their games at the University of Phoenix stadium. They have won two NFL Championships when they were still based in Chicago. One of the win was in 1925 and the other one came in the 1947. In 1948, the Arizona Cardinals tried to defend the title but were trounced, 7 -0. Since 1947, they Cardinals are the once currently holding the league’s longest active championship drought. For the many years they have been in the league, this American Football team has produced so many good players who have entered the Football Hall of fame.
Here are the top 10 best Arizona Cardinals of all times
10. Darnell Dockett, DE
He was with the Cardinals for 10 years, from 2004 to 2013 a time, which he played defensive tackle in his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, then moved to the defensive end when the team decided to use a 3-4 defensive scheme. In the 10 seasons, he was with the cardinals, he racked up 40.5 sacks, was named three pro bowls, nine forced fumbles, and four interceptions. To add on that, he had 349 tackles making him one of the best Arizona Cardinal of all times.
9. Pat Tillman, SS
From 1998 to 2001, Pat Tillman was with the Cardinals, playing as an SS for 4 years. He was loved by fans due to his style of play. He turned down a $3.6 billion contract with the Cardinals in 2001 and decided to join the US Army’s Ranger unit where he later paid the price when they were attacked by the insurgent and he died. During the period he was with the Cardinals, he finished 155 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two forced recoveries, two forced fumbles, one interception and nine pass deflections.
8. Simeon Rice, DE
For 5 years, Simeon played with the Cardinals from 1996 to 2000. He dominated the defensive end for all the seasons he was with the cardinals. This made him to earn one pro bowl appearance, an AP Defensive Rookie of the Year , tallied 51 sacks including a 16.5 in 1999. He is one of the greatest defensive end of all time of the team.
7. Larry centers, FB
Larry was with the Cardinals for 9 years running from 1990 to 1998. He played fullback and made a lasting impact on the team and the NFL history. He is one of the greatest offensive threats to ever wear the uniform of the Cardinals. His receiving skills were more rewarding than even his running skills. During the period he was with the Cardinals, he earned three pro bowls and mad first team All-NFL in the year 1996.
6. Anquan Boldin, WR
For 7 years, Anquan Boldin played as a WR in the Cardinal team where he left an impact. He holds the record of the most receptions in the first 26 games when he was starting his career where he earned 300, 400 and 500 receptions. Overall, he got 7,523 receiving yards, was the AP NFL offensive rookie of the year 2003, and named to three Pro Bowls.
5. Dick Lane, DB
Between the year 1954 – 1959, Dick Lane played for Cardinals as a defense back. For 6 seasons, he played for the Cardinals and had twice First Time All Pro and 4 Pro Bowl appearances . Though he played long time, in the 50s,his impact is not hard to remember.
4. Adrian Wilson, DB
One of the greatest defensive player in the history of NFL, Adrian played for the Cardinals for 12 years, between 2001 – 2012. During his time, he recorded 25.5 sacks, 894 tackles, 14 forced fumbles, 27 interceptions, and 101 passes defended.
3. Aeneas Williams, DB
For 10 years, Aeneas played for Cardinals, between the year 1991 – 2000. He joined the team as a rookie and went on to become an elite NFL shutdown corner. He earned six Pro Bowls and this made him to be selected as an All Pro three times. He is remembered at Cardinals as the player who ended quarterback Steve Young career at the 49ers.
From 2005 to 2009, Kurt Warner played as a quarterback for the Cardinals. He was there for 5 years and left his name inscribed in the fans’ heart as he was a star during his time in the club. During his first seasons, he suffered a lot of injuries, but he later settled and led the Cardinals to several wins. By the time he was leaving, he had 15,899 passing yards, and 100 touchdowns.
1. Larry Fitzgerald, WR
Since he joined the team in 2004 to present, he has been a superstar for the team. So far, he has scored 12641 receiving yards and 77 touch towns. He is currently ranked as the fifth all time in the NFL for receiving yards per game at 76.0.
The above and many more super stars are found in the team of Arizona Cardinals.