Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin and cornerback Antonio Cromartie are among the latest modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Since the very first season of the franchise in 1920, the Arizona Cardinals have had a total of 22 former players earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Who will be the next former Arizona player to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Well, on Wednesday, two former members of the Cardinals’ roster were added to the current list of modern-era nominees that are eligible to be inducted in 2022.
Two former Arizona Cardinals have the chance to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
This year, players that last stepped on an NFL field in 2016 became eligible for a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There are currently over 100 modern-era nominees, including 10 new additions that became a part of the group on Wednesday.
Boldin was selected by Arizona in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft and he went on to spend the first seven years of his career in the league in the desert. During his seven seasons with the Cardinals, the talented receiver earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and he was the 2003 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Boldin still ranks second in Arizona history in career catches, fourth in career receiving yards, and fifth in career receiving touchdowns.
Unlike Boldin, Cromartie was with the Cardinals for just a brief amount of time as the former Florida State cornerback was only with Arizona for the 2014 season. However, he certainly made the most of his time with the Cardinals.
With Arizona in 2014, Cromartie finished with 49 tackles, 10 pass breakups, three interceptions, and a spot on that season’s Pro Bowl roster.
Don’t expect Boldin and Cromartie to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year on the ballot. But within the next few years, perhaps one of them will get the famous knock on their door from the President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, David Baker.