Well, our first nominee for the prestigious title of the GOAT was none other than former Arizona Cardinals DT Eric Swann. Swannie anchored the D-Line for 9 years in the desert and was a solid contributor to the team. Up next:
– Free agent signee from the NY Jets
– 5 seasons with the Cards (1995-99)
– Played in 77 out of possible 80 games
– 322 receptions for 5110 yards
– 15.9 yd avg, 27 TDs, 0 Fumbles
– 1 Pro Bowl selection (1997)
– 1st Team All Pro selection (1997)
– 1584 yds & 99 yd/game avg in 1997 (led NFL)
Before there was Q, before Fitz, before Bryant Johnson, before Steve Breaston……there was this guy, Rob Moore. Acquired via free agency from the NY Jets, Moore had some of the most prolific years ever by a Cardinals player. Teamed with fellow wideout Frank Sanders Moore was one half of a great WR tandem that gave then QB Jake Plummer a consistent receiving threat.
A few of those stats should be jumping out at you. 5 years and 5110 yards, that is an average of 1022 yds per season. 0 FUMBLES!! This guy did not turn the ball over. He caught everything that came his way and averaged a first-down-and-a-half every time he touched the ball. Moore was also a member of the Cards lone playoff team in 1998 (that might be a pattern you see here).
And if that isn’t enough, do you all remember a little film called ‘Jerry Maguire’? Well guess what, Rob Moore (#85) was the basis for actor Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Oscar winning turn as WR Rod Tidwell (also #85). I mean, how many players get that kind of star treatment?
Anyway, like I said, before there was Q or Fitz, there was Moore. While not as physically gifted as some of the other receivers of his day, Moore could catch anything and just found a way to get open. Numbers don’t lie, and when you think of great receivers for the Arizona Cardinals, you have to think of Rob Moore.
So to recap our entries so far to be named the AZ Cards G.O.A.T. –
1. Eric Swann, DT
2. Rob Moore, WR
Next up……LB Ronald McKinnon