It’s been fun. We have finally come to the last day of our jersey countdown. The Arizona Cardinals made their way into the news with something non Kyler Murray related.
However, it still wasn’t good as rumors flew around about Patrick Peterson’s unhappiness with the franchise. Time will tell how much that means right now, but as of the writing of this article, Kliff Kingsbury believes Peterson is here to stay.
Last jersey number was the mildly successful No. 2. It’s been worn by numerous kickers and punters but has yet to find much success with the Cardinals franchise. Our next jersey breakdown comes with, you guessed it, one day until the 2019 NFL Draft!
What does that mean?
It means we look at the only two players to ever wear the No. 1 jersey. And our countdown usually examines the full history of the franchise. But today features two guys who have worn it during the teams Arizona Cardinals days.
Cedric Oglesby is the very first player to dawn the jersey. Oglesby played for three teams in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys, the San Diego Chargers, and the Arizona Cardinals. Oglesby’s only statistics in the NFL came with the Cardinals in 2001. Oglesby appeared in three games and converted 5/6 of his field goal attempts with his longest being 41 yards out. He went 7/7 on extra point attempts.
Oglesby did see time as a coach, coaching as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program. He spent the 2009 preseason with the Washington Redskins, and the 2010 preseason with the Super Bowl winning New Orleans Saints.
The more well known of the two players was kicker Neil Rackers. Rackers joined the team in 2003 and served as the team’s kicker until his departure after the 2009 season. Rackers finished his tenure with the Arizona Cardinals with a conversion rate of 82.6% on his field goal attempts. He made 99.1% of his extra point kicks.
Rackers only converted more than 80% of his field goal attempts in three of his seven seasons, with rates of 75%, 75.9%, 75.7%, and 70% the other four. He did make it to one Pro Bowl and one All-American team during his 2005 season. But who doesn’t remember this preseason onside recovery?
Perhaps the Cardinals newest addition on Thursday will wear a certain No. 1 Jersey? Who knows.
That wraps it up. In a matter of hours, the Arizona Cardinals will be announcing their top draft selection, and we can finally put behind us all the rumors and nonsense that we have dealt with the last several months. Tomorrow I will have my first and ONLY mock draft of the 2019 offseason, so stick with Raising Zona for all your draft coverage.