Arizona Cardinals must retire these jersey numbers

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The Arizona Cardinals are lagging behind on some retired numbers.

The Arizona Cardinals have a handful of retired numbers, but only one is from the modern era (Pat Tillman’s number 40 jersey). Since the Cardinals arrived in the desert in 1988, the team has arguably enjoyed their winningest and most successful stretch in team history.

Cardinals fans have been spoiled to see some of the best talent they’ve ever had, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2008.

What sparked this list is the latest person to wear one of the all-time great’s jersey numbers. Darrell Williams will wear #24, something that isn’t sitting well with a good part of Cardinals fans.

That belonged to Adrian Wilson, and we’ll get into why his number should’ve been retired long ago.

Adrian Wilson’s number 24 and Aeneas William’s 35 should’ve been retired when they left the team.

The Cardinals have a history of great secondary play. Roger Wehrli, Larry Wilson, Aeneas Williams, and Pat Tillman. These players have a legacy that will be very hard to duplicate and surpass.

Williams is 2nd on the all-time interceptions list, while Wilson takes 7th place. There’s no reason for the Cardinals not to retire these numbers, as free agent running backs and new rookies shouldn’t be able to waltz right in and wear either of those numbers.