Arizona Cardinals: 50 best players since move to desert

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Aug 15, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Ron Parker (38) on a 57 yard pass during the first half in a preseason NFL football game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

30. Andre Ellington

Yes, he is injury prone.  We’ve quickly had to find that out over his first two seasons.  However he is one of the more versatile backs the Cardinals have seen in Arizona.  He has rushed for 1,312 yards and six touchdowns over his first two seasons.  In addition he can catch the ball as well.  He has caught 85 passes for 766 yards and three touchdowns.  Keep in mind those numbers are just over 27 games.  He missed the last month of the 2014 season because of a sports hernia.

29. Eric Swann

Swann played nine of his 10 NFL seasons in Arizona, playing only his last in 2000 with the Carolina Panthers. He had 45.5 sacks over those nine seasons and had one interception, which was returned for a touchdown.

28. Adrian Murrell

He spent two seasons in 1998 and 1999 with the Cardinals.  He rushed for almost 1,600 yards, finishing five yards shy with 1,595 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 67 passes out of the backfield, 49 of them in 1999 alone.

27. J.T. Smith

Smith played for the Cardinals organization for six seasons, three in Arizona from 1988-1990.  During that time he caught 163 passes for for 1,989 yards during that span.  He also caught 12 touchdowns during that time as well.

26. Pat Tillman

The Arizona State product just moved locker rooms at Sun Devil Stadium when he played his four seasons with the Cardinals from 1998-2001.  He was a hard hitting safety who only recorded three interceptions during those four seasons but it was his effort and ability to make a tackle that set him apart.  He left the NFL, gave up his Cardinals contract after 2001 to join the Army Rangers and was killed in action in 2004.  A true American hero.

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