Arizona Cardinals and the history of the No.10 jersey
This is it. That last full week until the NFL draft. It’s been a long time in the making, and after the excitement fans had the last offseason, who knew we would be picking first overall? The Arizona Cardinals front office and coaching staff continue to narrow down their top 120, so they will be ready for their picks.
Yesterday we ran down the most famous jersey in team history, No. 11. Larry Fitzgerald is one of the best to play in the league and is the best to wear a Cardinals uniform. As we continue to make our way down the list of jerseys, only two could draw as much excitement among fans. Today’s No. 10 jersey draws an interesting connection to the San Francisco 49ers.
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To kick off our list is Pete Beathard. Beathard was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1970. He would play two seasons for the team, going 2-3 as a starter, tossing eight touchdowns to 13 interceptions. Pete is the brother to the hall of fame General Manager, Bobby Beathard. While Pete did not have a Hall of Fame career, he did spend 11 seasons in the NFL.
If the last name is familiar, it is because Peter is the Great-Uncle to current 49ers backup, C.J. Beathard. Bobby is C.J. Beathard’s Grandfather.
Jeff Feagles wore the jersey from 1994 to 1997. He was selected to one of his two career Pro Bowls in 1995. Feagles punted 337 times in a Cardinals uniform averaging 43 yards per punt. Feagles would spend the next 12 seasons between Seattle (5) and the New York Giants (7), where he would earn his second Pro Bowl selection in 2008.
Scott Player would take the jersey following Feagles departure and would wear it until he left the desert in 2006. Player was selected to one Pro Bowl in his 10-year career. Player has one of the best names in NFL history, and with the popularity of NFL related games during his career, I’m sure it led to some confused fans as the announcers would call him “Player.”
Player had a brief stint in Arizona during the 1996 season but recorded no stats. He’s well known for being one of the last NFL players to wear a single bar helmet.
Brittan Golden would dawn the jersey for his five-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals. Golden was a Bruce Arians player and has not been on an NFL roster since his departure in 2017.
Chad Williams has already made this list once, having worn the No. 16 jersey for a season. Williams currently dawns the No. 10. He is hoping for some success in 2019, as his first two seasons were wasted.
The Arizona Cardinals and their fans cannot wait for the draft to come. We will continue to countdown until the commissioner opens the draft up, so stick with Raising Zona for all your draft needs.