The number four jersey has been a real kick for the Arizona Cardinals
Four. That’s it. Four more mornings before we can all sit in front of a television and yell when the Arizona Cardinals pick a player we don’t want. Or that we do, everyone has differing views. There’s the Pro-Murray and Pro-Rosen camps battling it out on Twitter as you read this. Then you have the “I don’t care who we pick at this point, just tell me who we’re picking already”.
Our latest jersey has seen some more consistent success, from a pair of kickers, and a punter.
The first player to wear the jersey in franchise history was Chuck Levy. Levy was a second round pick for the Arizona Cardinals in 1994. Levy saw limited snaps on offense, but was the teams return man that season, producing a meager 19.7 yards per return on 26 attempts. Levy missed his second season to a substance violation. He would surface in the league in 1997 with the 49ers, but only lasted a total of five seasons in the NFL. He cropped up in the news in 2008 after an arrest in Gilbert.
Shaun King wore the jersey 10-years later in 2004, and spent one season with the Cardinals. He went 0-2 in two starts, tossing one score to four picks. He was out of the NFL by 2006, and retired from football in 2007 after a short stint in the CFL.
Tim Hasselbeck wore it for his one season with the team in 2007. He appeared in one game but posted no stats.
Mike Nugent wore it for two games for the Cardinals in 2009. Nugent has had a nice long career, with his most recent stop in Oakland this past season.
Kevin Kolb is the most infamous name on this list. The Cardinals traded for him in 2011 for a second round pick and Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie. Kolb looked promising, but his inability to stay on the field ultimately cost him when Bruce Arians cleaned the quarterback room upon his arrival.
Phil Dawson wore it for two seasons in Arizona. Dawson missed clutch kicks during his time, and converted 77.1% of his field goals in two seasons.
Cole Murphy started this offseason with the No. 4 jersey, but there has been a very quite swap with Andy Lee, who wore the jersey for his entire career before leaving San Francisco. Lee had a fantastic 2018 season, thanks in large to a horrible offense.
It’s almost time. We are closing in on the NFL Draft, and you can feel it as fans and the media get hyped. Stick with Raising Zona for all you draft needs!