Arizona Cardinals: Adrian Wilson to join Ring of Honor


“A-Dub” joins recent inductees Kurt Warner and Aeneas Williams.

The Arizona Cardinals have announced that long time Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson will join the Ring of Honor this season at a home game vs. the San Francisco 49ers on September 27th. Wilson, who played 12 years with the team was released after the 2012 season and didn’t play in a game after being cut, although did attempt to make the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears.

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Adrian Wilson was one of the premiere defensive backs in the league, joining the 20/20 (sacks/interceptions) club. Wilson finished his career with 181 games played over 14 seasons, 721 total tackles, 25.5 sacks, 27 interceptions, and two touchdowns. Along with former Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett, Wilson is one of the most recognizable defensive players in modern team history with his jersey still routinely being worn around University of Phoenix Stadium by fans.

Wilson, who, as the official Arizona Cardinals website notes, has been around the team over summer OTAs and working with General Manager Steve Keim, so his induction into the Ring of Honor has been foretold since the team cut him. Wilson can also be found in Scottsdale at High Point Shoes which he owns.

Of his induction announcement, Wilson had this to say on Twitter:

Other members of the Ring include: Kurt Warner, Aeneas Williams, owner Charles W. Bidwill, Sr., coach Jimmy Conzelman, tackle Dan Dierdorf,  halfback John “Paddy” Driscoll, halfback/defensive back Marshall Goldberg, cornerback Dick “Night Train” Lane, halfback Ollie Matson, halfback Ernie Nevers, safety Pat Tillman, halfback Charley Trippi, cornerback Roger Wehrli, and safety Larry Wilson.

The honor is important to fans as Wilson was such a fixture for the team for so many years, when he was cut, and it was something many saw coming with his diminished role over the last few seasons on the team. The fact that the Cardinals are doing right by a fixture of the defense for a decade who left on a somewhat sour note but has come back to the team to not only work with the staff in a coaching/consulting role, but also be very visible in his love for the franchise, the valley and former teammates.

Can the same be said for other recently departed players, here’s looking at your 9-0, hopefully we’ll get to see other Cardinals from the team’s modern history and turn around in red and white just along the 400 sections.

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