Who are the players who have had their jersey number retired by the Arizona Cardinals?
For only five players to have their numbers retired in the 124-year history of the Arizona Cardinals, they must have had a significant impact on the franchise. Of course, not all jersey retirements follow the same criteria, but nonetheless, the history of the Arizona Cardinals pretty much can’t be told without mentioning these players’ names.
Before we get into these five players, a quick acknowledgment of the players who should have their numbers retired by the organization:
- Larry Fitzgerald’s #11
- Kurt Warner’s #13
- Adrian Wilson’s #24
- Roger Wehrli’s #22
These are long overdue for players who have meant so much to the team. It’s time to do them justice and get them into the rafters at StateFarm Stadium.
Larry Wilson is the lone single-digit number that’s retired for the Arizona Cardinals.
Look at the picture above. Do you ever just see something and know that it’s right? That’s exactly how Larry Wilson’s #8 jersey looks on him. The all-time leader in interceptions for the Cardinals, Wilson is known for intercepting a pass in a 1965 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with two broken hands.
Wilson spent his entire playing career with the Cardinals and even became the team’s Vice President and General Manager for a few years. Of course, those weren’t the greatest of seasons (when he was in the front office), but Wilson’s impact was felt for years on the field and was one of the reasons he’s in the hall of fame.