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The Arizona Cardinals, based in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, is a professional American football team (gridiron). The Cardinals play in the NFC West Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) 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 USA. Since 2006, they have played their home games at the State Farm Stadium. Heading into the 2023/23 season, the team is currently headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.

The franchise was originally established in Chicago as an amateur football team before it joined the NFL in September 1920 as a charter member. Arizona, alongside the Chicago Bears, is one of only two NFL charter member franchises that remain in operation.

In 1960, the Cardinals moved to St. Louis, where they stayed 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 to their current location, Tempe, Arizona, which is just east of Phoenix. The Cardinals 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. 

The teams most recent season was the 2022/23 NFL season. They were considered a playoff contender at the start of the season. However, they went just 4-13 and finished in last place in the NFC West. Kyler Murray, their touted quarterback, did not have a good season. He appeared in just 11 regular-season games due to injury. The Arizona Cardinals went 4-7 in games that Murray appeared in.

All About The Arizona Cardinals

The franchise started off successfully – winning two NFL Championships while based in Chicago. Firstly, they won in 1924 and then they won again in 1947 – almost 20 years before the advent of the Super Bowl. 

Since 1947, the Arizona Cardinals 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 failing to win their respective league's championship.  

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 578-793-41. They have only reached the playoffs 12 times in over 100 years – and only managed to reach the NFC Championship game one time, back in 2008/09. That season, they went on to play in Super Bowl XLIII, a game that they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. That game remains the pinnacle result in the franchise's lengthy history. 

The Cardinals have won five division titles. It is the only team that hasn’t ever lost a playoff game at home (perhaps in part due to the fact that the franchise doesn't actually appear in the playoffs too often).

The Arizona Cardinals Player Personnel

  • Owner: Michael Bidwill
  • Chairman: Michael Bidwill
  • President: Michael Bidwill
  • Head coach: Jonathan Gannon
  • General manager: Monti Ossenfort

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. Their current coach, Jonathan Gannon, will be making his NFL head-coaching debut in the 2023/24 season.

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 have 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 have the better the regular-season record at 56-34-1. However, it was the Cardinals that won the first game in 1960 by a score of 12-10. The Cardinals also won the teams' most recent game on January 2nd, 2022 by a score of 25-22. The most memorable game between the two teams took place in September 1997 and the first-round playoff win in January 1999. Dallas and Arizona will meet in Week 3 of the 2023/24 NFL season, a game Arizona will host (Sunday, September 24th).

San Francisco 49ers

The regular-season record between these two rivals sees the 49ers lead with a record of 34-29. The Cardinals 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. San Francisco won both match-ups between the two teams in the 2022/23 season. 

The rivalry was born from the 2002 divisional realignment. This means that there isn’t too much deep 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. The teams play in 2023/24 in Week 4 (Sunday, October 1st, 2023) and in Week 15 (Sunday, December 17th, 2023).

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks and Cardinals have been pretty even, with their all-time series currently seeing the Seahawks sneak ahead at 25-22-1. However, while the Seahawks won the most recent game in November 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. Seattle and Arizona will meet in Week 7 (October 22nd, 2023) and Week 18 (January 7th, 2024) in the upcoming season. 

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

Championships Wins:

National Football League championships

The Arizona Cardinals have won the NFL Championships pre-1970 merger twice:

  • 1925
  • 1947

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.

Division Championships

The Arizona Cardinals have won 7 division championships - 2 NFL Western Division titles:

  • 1947-1948

They have won 2 NFC East Divisions:

  • 1974
  • 1975

The NFL team has won 3 NFC West Division titles:

  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2015

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

Players

  • 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

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Which Arizona Cardinals made the most recent NFL Pro Bowl?

Budda Baker, a safety, was the only member of the Arizona Cardinals to participate in the NFL's 2023 Pro Bowl.

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