The 8th-best Arizona Cardinals draft pick ever: Larry Wilson
When you want to see true, old-school football players, you look up Larry Wilson. Wilson was a testament to toughness during his career, known for picking off two passes in a game with two broken hands against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1965 season.
On top of that, NFL Films once said that Wilson was the human equivalent of the Cardinals’ old St.Louis logo.
Wilson was a master of getting yards when he intercepted passes, with 52 picks and 800 yards receiving. He made five trips to the end zone out of those 52 interceptions.
Wilson is an eight-time Pro Bowler, a five-time All-Pro selection, and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade teams of the 1960s and 1970s. He is also an inductee of the Hall Of Fame, enshrined in 1978 as a player.
Wilson didn’t go far after retiring, as he moved into the front office as a Director of Pro Personnel and eventually became the team’s GM. Wilson also had a very short stint in coaching the Cardinals (three games).
His jersey number is retired, and Wilson passed away on September 17th, 2020. He was 82 years old.