Arizona Cardinals

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Arizona Cardinals
Current season
Established 1898; 117 years ago (1898)
Play in University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona
Arizona Cardinals logo
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1920–present)

Current uniform
Ariz Cardinals uniforms.png
Team colors Cardinal Red, White, Black, Yellow
Mascot Big Red
Owner(s) Bill Bidwill
Chairman Bill Bidwill
President Michael Bidwill
General manager Steve Keim
Head coach Bruce Arians
Team history
Since 1920
Team nicknames
The Cards, Bird Gang, Big Red

League championships (2)

Conference championships (1)

Division championships (6)

Playoff appearances (9)
NFL: 1947, 1948, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2014
Home fields
Since 1920

The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. They are currently members of the West 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 football team 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" 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 suburb east 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.

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 nine 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 2014 season is 522–721–39.

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 since 1964 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 to 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)






Cardinals career records[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Arizona Cardinals roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Unrestricted FAs

Restricted FAs

Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 11, 2015
Depth ChartTransactions

68 Active, 1 Inactive, 7 FAs

AFC rostersNFC rosters

Retired numbers[edit]

Arizona Cardinals retired numbers
Player Position Tenure Team based in
8 Larry Wilson S 1960–1972 St. Louis
40 Pat Tillman 1 S 1998–2001 Arizona
77 Stan Mauldin 1 OT 1946–1948 Chicago
88 J. V. Cain 1 TE 1974–1978 St. Louis
99 Marshall Goldberg HB 1939–1943, 1946–1948 Chicago


  • 1 Posthumously retired.

Pro Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Arizona Cardinals Hall of Famers[5]
Chicago Cardinals
No. Player Position(s) Seasons as a Cardinal Year Inducted
1 John "Paddy" Driscoll Quarterback
2 Walt Kiesling Guard / DT
4 Ernie Nevers Fullback
1930–1931, 1939
13 Guy Chamberlin End & Coach 1927–1928 1965
33 Ollie Matson Running back 1952, 1954–1958 1972
62, 2 Charley Trippi Running back 1947–1955 1968
81 Dick "Night Train" Lane Cornerback 1954–1959 1974
Jim Thorpe Running back 1928 1963
Charles Bidwill Team Owner 1933–1947 1967
Jimmy Conzelman Coach 1940–1942
Earl "Curly" Lambeau Coach 1950–1951 1963
Stydahar, JoeJoe Stydahar Coach 1953–1954 1967
St. Louis Cardinals
8 Larry Wilson Safety 1960–1972 1978
13 Don Maynard WR 1973 1987
22 Roger Wehrli Cornerback 1969–1982 2007
72 Dan Dierdorf Offensive tackle 1971–1983 1996
81 Jackie Smith Tight end 1963–1977 1994
Arizona Cardinals
22 Emmitt Smith Running back 2003–2004 2010
35 Aeneas Williams Cornerback 1991–2000 2014

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
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning

Coaching staff
More NFL staffs

AFC East
NFC East

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

City Call Sign Frequency
Phoenix, Arizona KTAR-AM 620 AM
Phoenix, Arizona KTAR-FM 92.3 FM
Safford, Arizona KATO-AM 1230 AM
Sedona, Arizona KAZM-AM 780 AM
Lake Havasu City, Arizona KNTR-AM 980 AM
Prescott, Arizona KQNA-AM 1130 AM
Prescott, Arizona KDDL-FM 94.3 FM
Flagstaff, Arizona KVNA-AM 600 AM
Holbrook, Arizona KZUA-FM 92.1 FM
Yuma, Arizona KBLU 560 AM
Springerville, Arizona KRVZ-AM 1400 AM
Miami, Arizona KIKO-AM 1340 AM
Tucson, Arizona KCUB-AM 1290 AM
Kingman, Arizona KGMN-FM 100.1 FM


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.


  1. ^ "Franchise History". Arizona Cardinals. March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Arizona brushes up logo of outdated bird", January 29, 2005
  3. ^ "blogs – Kent Somers – Is white out for the Big Red?". 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". Retrieved December 24, 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ziemba, Joe (2010). When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL. Chicago: Triumph Books ISBN 1-57243-317-5

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