The Arizona Cardinals, based in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, is a professional American football team that plays in the NFC West Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). The team was originally founded over a century ago, in 1898 as the Morgan Athletic Club which makes it the oldest continuously run professional football team in the US. Since 2006, they have played their home games at the State Farm Stadium and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.
It was originally established in Chicago as an amateur football team before it joined the NFL in September 1920 as a charter member. The Cardinals, alongside the Chicago Bears, is one of only two NFL charter member franchises still around.
In 1960, the Cardinals moved to St Louis up until 1987. There, they were referred to as the Gridbirds, Football Cardinals or Big Red so that they weren’t confused with the MLB team of the same name.
At the start of the 1988 season, they relocated again, this time to Tempe, Arizona – east of Phoenix, where they played 18 seasons at the Sun Devil Stadium. They moved their home games to Glendale in 2006 although they kept their training facility and executive offices in Tempe.
All About The Arizona Cardinals
It started off successfully – winning two NFL Championships while based in Chicago, first in 1924 and then again in 1947 – almost 20 years before the advent of the Super Bowl.
Since then, they have suffered plenty of losing seasons and have the dubious honor of being the team with the longest active championship drought in North American sports – with more than 72 consecutive seasons of failure. Moreover, in 2012, the team became the first team to reach 700 losses since its establishment. Its all-time win-loss record, including regular-season games and playoff games is a less than impressive 574-780-41. They have only reached the playoffs 12 times in over 100 years – and only managed to reach the NFC Championship game in 2008/09 – where they went on to play in the Super Bowl XLIII, which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Cardinals have won five division titles and is the only team that hasn’t ever lost a playoff game at home.
The Arizona Cardinals Player Personnel
- Owner: Michael Bidwill
- Chairman: Michael Bidwill
- President: Michael Bidwill
- Head coach: Kliff Kingsbury
- General manager: Steve Keim
Since its inception, the Cardinals have had 42 Head Coaches, starting with Paddy Driscoll. The longest-serving Head Coaches include Jim Hanifan, Ken Whisenhunt and Jimmy Conzelman.
The Arizona Cardinals Main Rivalries
The Arizona Cardinals biggest rivals:
The Dallas Cowboys
When these two teams were both part of the NFC East division, the Cowboys were the better team by far. In 2002, the Cardinals left for the NFC West. In terms of Division wins, the Cowboys had won 15 compared to the Cardinals 2 wins. However, matchups during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s were always hotly anticipated on the schedule.
The Cowboys lead the regular-season record at 56-32-1. However, it was the Cardinals that won the first game in 1960. They also most recently won in October 2020. The most memorable game between the two teams took place in September 1997 and the first-round playoff win in January 1999.
San Francisco 49ers
The regular season record between these two rivals sees the 49ers lead 32 games to the Cardinals 29 wins. However, it doesn’t always go the 49ers way as the Cardinals have won 2 games straight against the rivals. They also won their very first matchup in November 1951. The most memorable game between these two teams is considered to be in November 1988 when the Cardinals made an impressive comeback to win 24-23.
The rivalry was born from the 2002 divisional realignment. This means that there isn’t too much history between the teams. However, because the two teams both finished in the top two of their division between 2008 and 2011, there were some memorable times in the series as they both fought it out to become division champions. However, since that period the rivalry has cooled somewhat.
The Seahawks and Cardinals have been pretty even, with their all-time series currently seeing the Seahawks sneak ahead at 23-22-1. However, while the Seahawks won the most recent game in January 2022, the Cardinals were winners of their first game in September 1976. Their most memorable game was back in October 2016, where the teams drew 6-6.
The team rivalry dates all the way back to the Seahawks first-ever NFL game in 1976. However, they moved into the same division in 2002 and have enjoyed plenty of memorable and epic matches since then, particularly between 2014 and 2016.
The Cardinals have also enjoyed some fast-paced games against the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions.
Arizona Cardinals Facts
Let’s take a look at all the important Arizona Cardinals facts…
The Arizona Cardinals Nicknames
- The Cards
- The Redbirds
- The Big Red
- The Football Cardinals during their St. Louis tenure between 1960 and 1987
- The fanbase is nicknamed the Birdgang
National Football League championships
The Arizona Cardinals have won the NFL Championships pre-1970 merger twice:
They have never beaten the other NFL Clubs for a Super Bowl Championships win.
NFL/NFC Conference Championships
In NFL History, the Arizona Cardinals have only won the NFC Conference Championship one – in 2008.
The Arizona Cardinals have won 7 division championships – 2 NFL Western Division titles:
They have won 2 NFC East Divisions:
The NFL team has won 3 NFC West Division titles:
Playoff Berth Appearances
To date, the Arizona Cardinals have made 12 playoff appearances:
1947, 1948, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015 and 2021.
Arizona Cardinals Home Fields
The Arizona Cardinals have had numerous home grounds since 1920:
- Normal Park between 1920 and 1921 the between 1926 and 1928
- Comiskey Park between 1922 and 1925, 1929 and 1930 then 1939 and 1958
- Wrigley Field between 1931 and 1938
- Sportsman’s Park between 1960 and 1965
- Busch Memorial Stadium between 1966 and 1987
- Sun Devil Stadium between 1988 and 2005
- State Farm Stadium from 2006 until present day
They have also played at a few temporary home fields including
- Forbes Field
- Soldier Field
- Metropolitan Stadium
Arizona Cardinals Pro Football Hall of Famers
- No. Player Position Dates Induction
- 4 Ernie Nevers FB/ Coach 1929–1931, 1939 1963
- . Jim Thorpe RB 1928 1963
- 13 Guy Chamberlin End & Coach 1927–1928 1965
- 1 John Driscoll QB/ Coach 1920–1925 1965
- 2 Walt Kiesling G/ DT/Coach 1929–1933,1944 1966
- 62, 2 Charley Trippi RB 1947–1955 1968
- 33 Ollie Matson RB 1952, 1954–1958 1972
- 81 Dick Lane CB 1954–1959 1974
- 8 Larry Wilson S 1960–1972 1978
- 13 Don Maynard WR 1973 1987
- 81 Jackie Smith TE 1963–1977 1994
- 72 Dan Dierdorf T 1971–1983 1996
- 22 Roger Wehrli CB 1969–1982 2007
- 22 Emmitt Smith RB 2003–2004 2010
- 35 Aeneas Williams CB 1991–2000 2014
- 13 Kurt Warner QB 2005–2009 2017
- 32 Edgerrin James RB 2006–2008 2020
- 16 Duke Slater T 1926–1931 2020
- 66 Alan Faneca G 2010 2021
Coaches and Contributors
- Name Position Seasons Inducted
- Earl ‘Curly’ Lambeau Coach 1950–1951 1963
- Jimmy Conzelman Coach 1940–1942
- . 1946–1948 1964
- Charles Bidwill Team Owner 1933–1947 1967
- Joe Stydahar Coach 1953–1954 1967
Arizona Cardinals Most Valuable Player Awards
To date, no Arizona Cardinals players have received the MVP award.
Arizona Cardinals FAQs
Can I Bet on Fantasy Football Games?
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Which 6 Cardinals Were Voted For in Top 10 At Position in Pro Bowl Voting?
It was a pro bowl purge for the Cardinals with 6 players voted in December 2021 – Chandler Jones, Budda Baker, Kelvin Beachum, Markus Golden, Kyle Murray and Rodney Hudson.