NFL 2012 Season: Arizona Cardinals Team Profile

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The Bird is the word and one of the loudest sounds players and fans alike will hear is the roar of the crowd when the Arizona Cardinals take the field for their first regular season home game on September 9, 2012, against the Seattle Seahawks. Entering their 24th season since relocating to the state of Arizona, the Cards have a history as deep as their roster. So sit back, get out the foam finger and throwback jersey, and enjoy learning more about them.

All-Time Regular Season Record: 145-239 (1988-present while based in Arizona); 496-699-39 (franchise record).

Super Bowl Wins: The Cardinals have not won a Super Bowl as a team or as a franchise, though they won two NFL championships as the Chicago Cardinals prior to the Super Bowl being created.

NFC Conference Championships: 1 (2008)

Division Championships: 2 (2008, 2009)

The NFL's Elder Statesman: Founded in 1898, the Cardinals are the oldest continuous professional football team in America. They have gone through many locations and names: Morgan Athletic Club, Racine Normals, Racine Cardinals, Chicago Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, Phoenix Cardinals, and finally the Arizona Cardinals.

It's a Dry Heat: The Cardinals finally perched in Arizona in 1988. The average February temperature is 60 degrees, which is why there will never be an Ice Bowl situation here.

Stadium: Built in 2006 at a cost of $455 million, the University of Phoenix Stadium is located in the city of Glendale, AZ. The 63,400-seat stadium looks as if a space ship landed in the middle of the desert (though it officially is supposed to look like a barrel cactus). It features the first fully retractable natural-grass playing surface built in the United States. The stadium hosted Super Bowl XLII in 2008 and will host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.

Just the Facts: The Cardinals play in the Western Division of the National Football Conference of the NFL.

Team Colors: Cardinal red and white. The team got its nickname, Cardinals, from the color of its uniforms, which were hand-me-down uniforms from the collegiate team, the University of Chicago Maroons. Since 2010, the team has had an alternate black jersey as well.

Team Mascot: Big Red

Fight Song: "The Cardinals Are Charging"

The NFL's Elder Statesman: Founded in 1898, the Cardinals are the oldest continuous professional football team in America. They have gone through many locations and names: Morgan Athletic Club, Racine Normals, Racine Cardinals, Chicago Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, Phoenix Cardinals, and finally the Arizona Cardinals.

All in the Family: The Cardinal franchise has been in the Bidwell family since 1932. Charles W. Bidwill, Sr., then vice president of the Chicago Bears, purchased the Cardinals for $50,000.

Draft Of Choice: Since 1960, the Cardinals have used their first pick in the draft on a quarterback six times: George Izo (1960), Joe Namath (1965), Steve Pisarkiewicz (1977), Kelly Stouffer (1987), Tony Sacca (1992), and Matt Leinart (2006).

Glee-inspired Mash-Up: Due to the ramifications of World War II, during the 1944 season the Cardinals and the Steelers merged, the combined team won no games that year.

Paper or Plastic?: Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is probably the only football player to have gone from grocery bagger to Super Bowl MVP (as the St. Louis Rams QB).

Get a Load Of That Pair!: The Cardinals' wide receiver duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin became the third pair of teammates in history to both catch 100 or more receptions in a season in 2005.

Off the Field Hero: The Cardinals have retired the jersey number (40) of former safety Pat Tillman who turned his back on his NFL career to enlist in the armed forces following the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and died due to friendly fire.

Longetivity Award: Quarterback Jim Hart holds the franchise record as the Cardinal who played for the longest amount of time, 18 seasons (1966-1983).

Sources:

http://www.azcardinals.com

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/crd/

http://iqfb.com/nfl/arizona-cardinals/

http://prod.static.cardinals.clubs.nfl.com/assets/docs/2009_team_records.pdf

Deborah Muller has lived in Arizona for the last decade and just attended her first Cardinals game (albeit pre-season) at the behest of her flag-football playing son. She's happy to report the Cards trounced the Raiders at the game.

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