Play in University of Phoenix Stadium
Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona
|Team colors||Cardinal red, white, black,
|General manager||Rod Graves|
|Head coach||Ken Whisenhunt|
|The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw|
|League championships (2)|
|Conference championships (1)
|Division championships (6)
|Playoff appearances (8)|
The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American Football team based in Tempe, Arizona. They play their home games in Glendale, Arizona. 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 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 franchises still in operation since the league's founding. 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" or "Cardiac Cards" to avoid confusion with the baseball St. Louis Cardinals). Before the 1988 NFL season, the team moved to Tempe, Arizona, an eastern 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, 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 four division titles (1974, 1975, 2008, and 2009) since their 1947-1948 NFL championship game appearances. In addition, the club has won one NFC Championship Game in 2008.
The Cardinals conduct their annual summer training camp at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Main article: History of the Arizona Cardinals
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 2005, 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 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 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 home games vs. Seattle, Minnesota, and St. Louis in 2009, although they have yet to be paired with the white road jerseys since the 2007 game at Seattle.
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. This was done due to the NFL's recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by having the players wear pink accented items such as gloves, wristbands, and shoes. The team thought the pink accents looked better with white uniforms than with red.
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.
The 2010 season will see the Cardinals with an “updated” third jersey.
Points Scored: 427 (2008)
* NFL Record
Arizona Cardinals roster
St. Louis Cardinals
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.
The Chicago Years, 1936-1959
|1939||Charles (Ki) Aldrich||TCU||Center|
|1941||John Kimbrough||Texas A&M||Back|
|1947||DeWit (Tex) Coulter||Army||Tackle|
|1948||Jim Spavital||Oklahoma A&M||Back|
|1949||Bill Fischer||Notre Dame||Guard|
|1950||No 1st Rd Pick, Jack Jennings, (2nd Round)||Ohio State||Tackle|
|1951||Jerry Groom||Notre Dame||Center|
|1952||Ollie Matson||San Francisco||Back|
|1958||John David Crow||Texas A&M||Back|
|1959||Bill Stacy||Mississippi State||Back|
The St. Louis Years, 1960-1987
|1960||George Izo||Notre Dame||Quarterback|
|1962||Fate Echols||Northwestern||Defensive Tackle|
|1963||Don Brumm||Purdue||Defensive End|
|1964||Ken Kortas||Louisville||Defensive Tackle|
|1967||Dave Williams||Washington||Wide Receiver|
|1968||MacArthur Lane||Utah State||Running Back|
|1969||Roger Wehrli||Missouri||Defensive Back|
|1970||Larry Stegent||Texas A&M||Running Back|
|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|
|1978||Ken Greene||Washington State||Defensive Back|
|1979||Ottis Anderson||Miami||Running Back|
|1980||Curtis Greer||Michigan||Defensive End|
|1981||E. J. Junior||Alabama||Linebacker|
|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
|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|
|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|
|2000||Thomas Jones||Virginia||Running Back|
|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|
|2006||Matt Leinart||Southern California||Quarterback|
|2007||Levi Brown||Penn State||Left Tackle|
|2008||Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||Tennessee State||Cornerback|
|2009||Chris Wells||Ohio State||Running Back|
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 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 it 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 in early September in the Phoenix area. During that span, 8 of 14 home openers were held at earliest on week 3.
For the same reason, its home opener had been always a nationally-televised night game (2 Monday Night Football games and 12 Sunday Night Football games) from 1988 to 2001. The team hosted 10 straight home openers as Sunday Night Football games from 1989 to 1998.
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