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Arizona Cardinals
Established 1898
Play in State Farm Stadium,
Glendale, Arizona, U.S.
Arizona Cardinals helmet
Arizona Cardinals logo
Helmet Logo
League/Conference affiliations

Independent (1898-1919)
National Football League (1920–present)

Current uniform
NFL-NFC-ARZ-Arizona Cardinals Jerseys
Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White
Mascot "Big Red"
Owner(s): Michael Bidwell
Chairman (CEO): Michael Bidwill
Team President Michael Bidwell
General Manager Monti Ossenfort
Head Coach Jonathan Gannon
Team history
  • Morgan Athletic Club (1898)
  • Racine Normals (1899-1900)
  • Racine Cardinals (1901-1906, reformed 1913-1919)
  • Chicago Cardinals (1920-1943)
  • Card-Pittsburgh Steelers (1944)
  • Chicago Cardinals (1945-1959)
  • St. Louis Cardinals (1960-1987)
  • Phoenix Cardinals (1988-1993)
  • Arizona Cardinals (1994–present)
Arizona Cardinals Historical Teams
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024

Team Nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red

League Championships (2)
Conference Championships (1)


Division Championships (7)
  • NFL West: 1947, 1948
  • NFC East: 1974, 1975
  • NFC West: 2008, 2009, 2015
Playoff Appearances (11)
1947, 1948, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2021
Home fields
Since 1920

The Arizona Cardinals are a professional 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.[4]

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 State Farm 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 seven-plus decades since winning the championship in 1947, the team has suffered many losing seasons, and, as of 2024, are tied with MLB's Cleveland Guardians for the longest active championship drought in North American sports at 75 seasons. They have been to the playoffs eleven times and have won seven playoff games, three of which were victories during their run in the 2008-09 NFL Playoffs. During that season, they reached Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, losing 23–27 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team has also won five division titles (1974, 1975, 2008, 2009, and 2015) since their 1947–1948 NFL championship game appearances. The Cardinals are the only NFL team that has never lost a playoff game at home: their 5–0 record encompasses the 1947 NFL Championship Game, two games during the 2008–09 NFL playoffs, one during the 2009–10 playoffs, and one during the 2015–16 playoffs. In their 36 seasons since moving to the Valley of the Sun in 1988, the Cardinals have a total of six playoff appearances, three division titles, and the one NFC championship.

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

Logo and uniforms[]

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 and released new uniforms at the end of the 2023 season .

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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".[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Before the 2023 season, the Cardinals unveiled new uniforms. Most notably, the team opted to wear all-red uniforms at home and all-white uniforms on the road, with all-black uniforms as the alternate. The red uniform featured the state name "Arizona" in front in addition to white numbers with silver trim. The white uniform featured red numbers with black trim, and red and silver stripes along the pants and sleeves with "cardinals" on the selves. The black alternate uniform design mirrored that of the white uniform, featuring red numbers with silver trim, and red and silver stripes along the pants and sleeves with "cardinals"on the selves. On both uniforms, the silver sleeve stripe contained the team name. Both the red and white uniforms are worn with white helmets and silver facemasks, while the black uniform is worn with black helmets and black face masks.[1][2]

Single-season records[]

Points Scored: 489 (2015)



  • Rushing Yards: 1,605 Ottis Anderson (1979)
  • Rushing Attempts: 337 Edgerrin James (2006)
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 16 David Johnson (2016)
  • Rushing Touchdowns (Rookie): 10 Tim Hightower (2008)
  • Longest Rushing Attempt: 83 yards John David Crow (1958)
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 100.3 yards Ottis Anderson (1979)



  • Punt Returns in a Season: 44 Vai Sikahema (1987)
  • Longest Punt Return: 99 yards Patrick Peterson (2011)
  • Longest Kickoff Return: 108 yards David Johnson (2015)


* NFL Record

Cardinals career records[]

  • Passing Yards: 34,639, Jim Hart (19661983)
  • Passing Touchdowns: 209, Jim Hart (19661983)
  • Rushing Yards: 7,999, Ottis Anderson (19791986)
  • Receptions: 1,234, Larry Fitzgerald (2004–present)
  • Receiving Yards: 15,545 Larry Fitzgerald (2004–present)
  • Pass Interceptions: 52, Larry Wilson (19601972)
  • Field Goals Made: 282, Jim Bakken (19621978)
  • Points: 1,380, Jim Bakken (19621978)
  • Total Touchdowns: 110, Larry Fitzgerald (2004–present)
  • Punt Return Average: 13.7, Charley Trippi (19471955)
  • Kickoff Return Average: 28.5, Ollie Matson (1952, 19541958)
  • Punting Average: 44.9, Jerry Norton (19591961)
  • Sacks: 66.5, Freddie Joe Nunn (1985-1993)
  • Tackles: 785, Eric Hill (1989-1997)

Players of note[]

Current roster[]


Arizona Cardinals current roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen
  • 68 Kelvin Beachum T
  • 71 Dennis Daley T
  • 66 Jackson Barton T
  • 50 Julién Davenport T
  • 72 Hjalte Froholdt G
  • 78 Marquis Hayes G
  • 76 Will Hernandez G
  • 75 Hayden Howerton G
  • 74 D. J. Humphries T
  • 79 Josh Jones T
  • 73 Lachavious Simmons T
  • 54 Lecitus Smith G
  • 70 Badara Traore T
  • 65 Elijah Wilkinson T

Defensive linemen

  • 69 Eric Banks DE
  • 91 L. J. Collier DE
  • 95 Leki Fotu NT
  • 96 Manny Jones DE
  • 90 Rashard Lawrence NT
  • 93 Jonathan Ledbetter DE
  • 92 Kevin Strong DE
  • 94 Carlos Watkins DE
  • 56 Krys Barnes ILB
  • 25 Zaven Collins ILB
  • 52 Victor Dimukeje OLB
  • 45 Dennis Gardeck OLB
  • 43 Jesse Luketa OLB
  • 55 Blake Lynch ILB
  • 41 Myjai Sanders OLB
  •  9 Isaiah Simmons ILB
  • 97 Cameron Thomas OLB
  • 47 Ezekiel Turner ILB
  •  7 Kyzir White ILB
  • 51 Josh Woods ILB

Defensive backs

  •  3 Budda Baker SS
  • 29 Kris Boyd CB
  • 24 Rashad Fenton CB
  • 27 Nate Hairston CB
  • 33 Antonio Hamilton CB
  • 36 JuJu Hughes SS
  • 35 Christian Matthew CB
  • 38 Jovante Moffatt S
  • 32 Josh Thomas FS
  • 34 Jalen Thompson FS
  • 20 Marco Wilson CB

Special teams

  • 16 Nolan Cooney P
  • 48 Joe Fortunato LS
  • 19 Elliott Fry K
  •  5 Matt Prater K
Reserve lists

Practice squad

Unrestricted FAs

  • 89 Stephen Anderson TE
  • 46 Aaron Brewer LS
  • 15 Pharoh Cooper WR
  • 65 Rashaad Coward T
  • 75 Max Garcia G
  • 64 Sean Harlow C
  • 26 Josh Jackson CB
  • 14 Andy Lee P
  • 53 Billy Price C
  • 67 Justin Pugh G
  • 51 Tanner Vallejo ILB
  • 59 Nick Vigil ILB
  • 28 Charles Washington SS
  • 13 Antoine Wesley WR
  • 39 Jace Whittaker CB
  • 24 Darrel Williams RB
  • 87 Maxx Williams TE

Restricted FAs

Exclusive-Rights FAs

Rookies in italics

Roster updated April 24, 2023
Depth chartTransactions
70 active, inactive, 17 FAs

NFL rosters

Pro Football Hall of Famers[]

Chicago Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals

  • 8 Larry Wilson, S
  • 22 Roger Wehrli, CB
  • 72 Dan Dierdorf, OT
  • 81 Jackie Smith, TE

Retired numbers[]

  • 8 Larry Wilson (St. Louis)
  • 40 Pat Tillman (Arizona)
  • 77 Stan Mauldin (Chicago)
  • 88 J. V. Cain (St. Louis)
  • 99 Marshall Goldberg (Chicago)

Ring of Honor[]

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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.

  • Charles Bidwill, Owner (August 12, 2006)
  • Jimmy Conzelman, Coach (August 12, 2006)
  • Dan Dierdorf, T (October 16, 2006)
  • John "Paddy" Driscoll, QB (August 12, 2006)
  • Marshall Goldberg, HB (August 12, 2006)
  • Dick "Night Train" Lane, DB (August 12, 2006)
  • Ollie Matson, HB (August 12, 2006)
  • Ernie Nevers, FB (August 12, 2006)
  • Charley Trippi, HB/QB (August 12, 2006)
  • Roger Wehrli, CB (October 14, 2007)
  • Larry Wilson, S (September 10, 2006)
  • Pat Tillman, S (November 12, 2006)
  • Aeneas Williams, CB (November 9, 2008)

Front office and coaching staff[]

Arizona Cardinals current staff
Front Office
  • Owner/Chairman/President – Michael Bidwell
  • General Manager – Monti Ossenfort
  • Assistant General Manager - Dave Sears
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Quinten Harris
  • Director of College Scouting – Chris Culmer
  • Vice president of football operations & facilities – Matt Caracciolo
  • Director of Football Administration – Matt Harriss
  • Senior Personnel Executive – Terry McDonough

Head Coaches

  • Head Coach - Jonathan Gannon
  • Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator - Jeff Rodgers

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator - Drew Petzig
  • Quarterbacks - Israel Woolfork
  • Running Backs – Andy Denson
  • Passing Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers – Drew Terrell
  • Tight Ends – Ben Steele
  • Offensive Line – Klayton Adams
  • Assistant Offensive Line – Chris CookCook
  • Pass Game Specialist – Spencer Whipple
  • Offensive Quality Control – Connor Senger

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Nick Rallis
  • Defensive Line – Derrick LeBlanc
  • Assistant Defensive Line - William Peagler
  • Linebackers – Sam Siefkes
  • Outside Linebackers – Robert Rodriguez
  • Defensive Backs – Patrick Toney
  • Defensive Quality Control – Ronald Booker

Special Teams Coaches

  • Assistant Special Teams - Sam Sewell

Strength and Conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning - Buddy Morris
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Mark Naylor

More NFL staffs

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. Mike Goldberg 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.


Due to Phoenix's high temperatures 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[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Urban, Darren. "New Uniforms For The Arizona Cardinals", NFL Enterprises, LLC, April 20, 2023. Retrieved on April 21, 2023. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gordon, Grant. "Cardinals unveil first new primary uniforms since 2005", NFL Enterprises, LLC, April 20, 2023. Retrieved on April 21, 2023. 
  3. 2021 Official National Football League Record and Fact Book,2021 Official National Football League Record and Fact Book. NFL Enterprises, LLC (August 11, 2021). Archived from the original on August 11, 2021. Retrieved on September 16, 2021. ISBN .
  4. Arizona Cardinals team history,
  5. "Arizona brushes up logo of outdated bird", January 29, 2005
  7. There’s No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 6. Retrieved on 2010-02-22.

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