Twenty-Five Greatest Players in Cardinals History

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Darnell Dockett was loud, out-spoken, and really good at football.

One of the more outspoken players in Cardinals history, Dockett was also a superb defensive lineman for them. After dropping in the NFL Draft to the third round, he quickly became a starter, and within a couple of seasons, became an important part of the team’s defense.

Dockett had 3 ½ sacks, an interception, three passes defensed, and a forced fumble in year one, solidifying his spot as a starter, but it was in his fourth season that he exploded. He racked up nine sacks that season, earning his first Pro Bowl berth. A durable player who rarely missed a game in his ten year career, he finished with 40 ½ sacks, four interceptions, nine forced fumbles, and 14 fumble recoveries, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He also saved his biggest game for the biggest stage. In Super Bowl XLIII he sacked Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger three times in a close defeat.

Many fans will remember Dockett for his exploits in social media, where he did not hold back, despite what people may have thought about what he said. They should remember him as a three-time Pro Bowler who was one of the best defensive linemen in team history.