Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
Current season
Established 1898
Play in University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona
Arizona Cardinals helmet
Arizona Cardinals logo
Helmet Logo
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1920–present)

Current uniform
Team colors Cardinal, White, Black
Mascot Big Red
Owner(s) Bill Bidwill
Chairman Bill Bidwill
President Michael Bidwill
General manager Rod Graves
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt
Team history
Team nicknames
The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw, Cardiac Cards
League championships (2)
Conference championships (1)
Division championships (6)
Playoff appearances (8)
Home fields
Since 1920

The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team based in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. They are currently 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 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.

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. 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 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 addition, the club won one NFC Championship Game in 2008.

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


Franchise history

Logo and uniforms

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

The team has used 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. 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.

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).

In 2005, the team unveiled its first major changes in a century. The cardinal-head logo was updated to be a more aggressive version of its predecessor, making it look meaner. 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. They have yet to be paired with the white road jerseys since the 2007 game at Seattle.

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 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 most other 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 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]

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

Single-season records

Points Scored: 427 (2008)





  • Punt Returns in a Season: 44 Vai Sikahema (1987)
  • Longest Punt Returns: 102 yards Larod Stephens-Howling (2010)


* 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: 613 Larry Fitzgerald (2004–2010)
  • Receiving Yards: 8,497 Roy Green (19791990)
  • Pass Interceptions: 52 Larry Wilson (19601972)
  • Field Goals Made: 282 Jim Bakken (19621978)
  • Points: 1,380 Jim Bakken (19621978)
  • Total Touchdowns: 70 Roy Green (19791990)
  • Punt Return Average: 13.7 Charley Trippi (1947–1955)
  • Kickoff Return Average: 28.5 Ollie Matson (1952, 1954–1958)
  • Punting Average: 44.9 Jerry Norton (1959–1961)
  • Sacks: 66.5 Freddie Joe Nunn (1985–1993)

Players of note

Current roster

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Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

  • 62 Ryan Bartholomew C
  • 30 Marshay Green CB
  • 83 Jaymar Johnson WR
  • 32 Korey Lindsey CB
  • 44 Steve Skelton TE
  • 54 Quan Sturdivant ILB
  • 96 Ronald Talley DE
  • 67 D. J. Young OT

Rookies in italics
Roster updated November 16, 2011
Depth ChartTransactions

53 Active, 6 Inactive, 8 Practice Squad

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Pro Football Hall of Famers

Chicago Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals

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

Current staff

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Front Office
  • Owner/Chairman – Bill Bidwill
  • President – Michael Bidwill
  • General Manager – Rod Graves
  • Director of Football Administration – Reggie Terry
  • Director of Player Personnel – Steve Keim
  • Director of Pro Personnel – T. J. McCreight
  • Assistant Director of Pro Personnel – Quentin Harris

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Mike Miller
  • Quarterbacks – Chris Miller
  • Running Backs – Tommie Robinson
  • Wide Receivers – John McNulty
  • Tight Ends – Freddie Kitchens
  • Offensive Quality Control – Chad Grimm

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Ray Horton
  • Defensive Line – Ron Aiken
  • Linebackers – Matt Raich
  • Defensive Backs – Louie Cioffi
  • Assistant Defensive Backs – Deshea Townsend
  • Defensive Quality Control – Ryan Slowik

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – John Lott
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Pete Alosi

Coaching Staff
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Radio and television

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. Rich Cellini and Glenn Parker 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 heard on 92.3 FM because of conflicts with Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games on 620 AM.

Radio Affiliaties

Cardinals Radio Affiliates

City Call Sign Frenquency
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
Albuquerque, New Mexico KDEF-AM 1150 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-AM 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.

Notes and references

Further reading

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

External links

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