I’m sure as you’ve heard by now, former Arizona Cardinal quarterback Kurt Warner will be inducted as the 14th member of the Cardinals ring of honor in their home opener on Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers on September 8.
Warner had quite an impact on the franchise in his five short seasons in the desert throwing for nearly 16,000 yards, 100 touchdowns and leading the Cardinals franchise to its first two NFC West titles. Most of all though he lead the Arizona Cardinals franchise to its first Super Bowl, a franchise that was in pure disarray when he arrived just four years earlier.
Warner has continued to be a fan favorite (and sorely missed if you’ve watched the quarterback play during most of the time since his retirement after the 2009 season) and still lives in the valley.
Warner is more than qualified to join the Cardinals ring of honor and will hopefully someday join the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a former Super Bowl and regular season MVP.
Since the topic is on Cardinals fans minds, I thought I would share five more players who should be inducted into the Cardinals ring of honor, either now or when their career is done.
1. Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald has been the most productive receiver in NFL history before the age of 30 and already is the Cardinals franchise leader in yards, touchdowns and receptions and it’s not even close. He currently has nearly 3,000 yards more than any other Cardinals receiver in franchise history, 21 more touchdowns and more than 300 more receptions. Needless to say, Fitzgerald will be inducted into the Cardinals ring of honor the second he steps off of the field for good.
2. Adrian Wilson
In 12 years as a Cardinal Wilson registered 27 interceptions, 25.5 sacks and almost 900 tackles. He also was a 5x Pro Bowler, and made First-Team All-Pro in 2009. Wilson was a physical, lumber laying safety that played all over the field for the Cardinals and was the heart and soul of the Cardinals defense for years. Sadly it appears as though Wilson’s career is over, whether he would like it to be or not, and the Cardinals should welcome him to the ring of honor as soon as he decides to hang it up.
3. Larry Centers
Centers helped revolutionize the now dying fullback position in the NFL. He was a elite receiver and playmaker out of the backfield and was one of the few bright spots of those mostly dreadful Cardinals teams of the 1990s. He is third all time in receptions for the Cardinals with 535, and a 2x Pro Bowler in Arizona, including registering an impressive 200 receptions in 1995 and 1996. You’ll still see a few Larry Centers number 37 jerseys on game day these days and as a kid growing up watching the Cardinals in the 90s you have to love Larry Centers.
4. Luis Sharpe
Sharpe started 189 games and 13 seasons for the Cardinals at the left tackle position after being taken with the 17th pick of the 1983 NFL Draft. In that time Sharpe was a 3x Pro Bowler and made 2nd-Team All-NFL twice. Offensive lineman don’t seem to get a lot of love, and Sharpe was never a member of a great Cardinals team but starting one position for a team for 13 seasons is a pretty amazing accomplishment and Sharpe deserves to be a part of the Cardinals ring of honor
5. Patrick Peterson
Yes I know that is extremely premature considering Patrick Peterson has a mere three years under his belt as an NFL player. You have to admit he’s accomplished quite a bit in those three years though. He is already a 3x Pro Bowler and has made First-Team All-Pro as a returner or defensive back twice in his career. He also has four punt return touchdowns (all in his rookie season, tying an NFL record) and 14 interceptions. Hopefully Peterson’s best year’s in a Cardinals uniform and he should be a mainstay of the Cardinals secondary for the foreseeable future. He has all of the ability and potential to join the Cardinals ring of honor many years from now when his career is over.