Arizona Cardinals: 50 best players since move to desert

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Jan 3, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches a pass over Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) during the fourth quarter in the 2014 NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

5. Jake Plummer

Plummer, another ASU product, was a guy the locals loved.  His first six seasons from 1997-2002 were spent in Arizona.  He threw for 17,622 yards and 90 touchdowns.  He also was known for his scrambling and scored another 10 touchdowns running with the ball.  He ran for 1,183 yards in Arizona.

4. Anquan Boldin

Seven seasons in Arizona from 2003-2009 before leaving on what some would consider bad terms.  He became increasingly unhappy with his role in Arizona but it was his role in Arizona that endeared him to Cardinals fans.  He had 586 receptions for 7,520 yards and 44 touchdowns receiving in those seven seasons.

3. Aeneas Williams

The Arizona Cardinals first member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He was probably the best cornerback of the 1990’s and early 2000’s.  He had 55 career interceptions but 46 of those came in a Cardinals uniform.  Six of his eight Pro Bowl selections came as a member of the Cardinals.

2. Kurt Warner

It was tough not ranking him number one.  He helped lead the Arizona Cardinals to their first ever Super Bowl.  He threw for 15,843 yards in his five Cardinals seasons from 2005-2009.  He also threw for 100 touchdowns in a Cardinals uniform.  he was so revered in Arizona, despite being away from the game for five years and eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he considered coming out of retirement because of the Cardinals dire quarterback situation entering the playoffs.  The Cardinals never called and he determined it was best to stay away from the game because he had been gone so long.  NFL rules would also have prohibited him from joining the Cards but the fact that many wanted to see it happen spoke volumes about his value to the organization and the fans.

1. Larry Fitzgerald

He is what most people would call Mr. Arizona Cardinal.  He is a superstar.  He helped put the Arizona Cardinals on the map.  His prior contributions are a big reason why Fitz was given a huge contract in the offseason, many that considered too big at this point in his career.  However with his 909 receptions for 12,151 yards and 89 touchdowns over his first 11 seasons, he is definitely worth it and worth the number one ranking.  He will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years after he retires.  He still has a lot left to give though, so let’s hope that isn’t for awhile.

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