Tick tock. Time is moving quickly for the Arizona Cardinals as they get near their deadline to announce their top pick.
A lot of names are being thrown out there, and the fire surrounding Kyler Murray continues to rage. The most recent rumor is that Kyler and his agent were in town to work out a deal more than to work out. It makes sense as teams who are interested would want to make sure he stays in football.
Our previous jersey in the countdown showcased one of the best players in franchise history. With today’s jersey there is a long history, but unfortunately not too much success.
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John Roach was the first notable name to wear the jersey. Roach played three seasons for the Cardinals. He would post a 4-7-1 record as the team’s quarterback. He would spend the last four seasons of his career in Green Bay and Dallas, retiring with a 7-12-1 record in his career.
Charley Johnson would wear the No. 12 for nine seasons with the Cardinals. Johnson is one of the few quarterbacks to finish with a winning record that has been on this list so far. Johnson led the team from 1961 to 1969, posting a respectable 36-28-5 record. His biggest issue was health, playing in all 14 games of a season just twice. He would throw 108 touchdowns to 110 interceptions in that span.
It would be 33 years before the now Arizona Cardinals would find someone of note that would wear the jersey. Josh McCown was in Arizona for four years only. He finished 10-12 as a starter. McCown is still in the league at age 39 and serves as a smart, capable backup.
Andre Roberts and John Brown wore it from 2012 to 2017. Roberts has found a niche for himself as a returner in the NFL, having been selected to a Pro Bowl this past season.
Brown had a promising start to his career racking up 1700 yards and 12 touchdowns his first two seasons. Injuries and a sickle cell trait derailed him, but he managed to find success in Baltimore after leaving the Cardinals. Brown is currently with the Bills, after signing a three-year deal.
Brice Butler wore it for the 2018 preseason before being cut. Pharoh Cooper currently wears it and has a shot at the 2019 roster as the Cardinals’ return man.