We’ve finally made it to the Top 5 of our countdown. The process was difficult whittling down 116 years worth of football and coming up with 25 players to be declared the best of all time. Today we’ll reveal the best of the best.
5. 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. He is a future Hall of Famer in my opinion.
4. Larry Wilson
Wilson had an incredible 52 interceptions in a Hall of Fame career with the Cardinals from 1960 to 1972 and was an 8x Pro Bowler and 5X First-Team All-Pro. He was the heart and soul of the Cardinals defense for over decade after being taken in the 7th round of the 1960 NFL Draft.
3. Kurt Warner
We all know the story, the rags to riches Hollywood movie script worthy tale of the guy who worked at a grocery store and worked his way up from the Arena Football League to earn a spot on an NFL roster and when given an opportunity led a team from the bottom of the NFL to the top of the mountain by winning the MVP award and a Super Bowl in his first season at the age of 28. Warner threw for nearly 16,000 yards to go along with 100 TD’s and 59 INT’s in five seasons as Cardinal. He lead the Cardinals to their only two division titles in 2008 and 2009, and including a magical run to the Super Bowl after the 2008 season in which he had 4,500 yards and 30 TD’s. He had 377 yards and 3 TD’s in Super Bowl XLIII and was the driving force in a Cardinals comeback that gave them a 23-20 lead with 2:38 remaining in the game. Although he was only in Arizona for five seasons, he is without question the best quarterback in franchise history.
2. Aeneas Williams
This recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee was the backbone and leader of the Cardinals defense throughout the 90s. You could argue that he was the best cornerback in the NFL in the latter part of that decade or as he made six-straight Pro Bowls for the Cardinals from 1994-1999. He was a 2x First-Team All-Pro during that period and would have made more if he wasn’t playing for a cellar-dweller. He had 46 interceptions and six touchdowns in his 10 years as a Cardinal. There is only one man worthy of the top spot on this list though…
1. Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald, at the age of 30 and 10 seasons into his NFL career, is already far and away the best player in Cardinals franchise history. He is a fan favorite and model face of an NFL franchise. He has made eight Pro Bowls and was First-Team All-Pro in 2008 and has the most receiving yards, 11,367, and more catches, 846, than any receiver at the age of 30 in NFL history. He is the Cardinals franchise leader in receiving statistics across the board and had the best postseason for a wide receiver in NFL history during the Cardinals run to the Super Bowl in the 2009 postseason.
There you have it, the best 25 players in the Cardinals 116-year history.