We are currently in the calm before the storm of the 2014 NFL offseason as although there are some noteworthy cuts being made to clear some last minute cap space before free agency, we are still less than a week away from the actual start of free agency.
With the NFL Draft still two months away and the scouting combine now a thing of the past, we are in that short intermediate period where there is little going on besides countless rumors, many of which are untrue. So to commemorate this down time and pay homage the offseason workout programs most NFL players are putting themselves through, I thought I would have a little fun and countdown the buffest players in Arizona Cardinals history.
5. Marcel Shipp 5’11 230
Shipp played six seasons in the NFL from 2001-2007, all of which with the Cardinals. Shipp was an undrafted running back out of the University of Massachusetts that impressed in the preseason and earned a roster spot with the Cardinals in 2001. Shipp would account for more than 2,000 rushing yards and almost 1,000 receiving yards in his six-year career, alternate between starter and backup throughout that time.
His best season came in 2002 when he rushed for 830 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 4.4 yards a carry. Although he was never a Pro Bowl caliber running back, he will always be remembered for his tough running and his guns of course.
4. Yeremiah Bell 6’1 210
Bell played his first season in an Arizona Cardinals uniform in 2013 at the age of 35, after nine seasons in the league with the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets. Bell was a solid and dependable cog in the Cardinals defensive machine last season as he started all 16 games and accounted for two interceptions, one sack, and 61 tackles. Read about Bell’s amazing journey from the Steel Mill in his hometown to the NFL on AZCardinals.com: Bell had some tough shoes to fill in the buff strong safety department for the Cardinals after taking over for Cardinals legend and incredibly jacked Adrian Wilson. Speaking of Adrian Wilson…
3. Adrian Wilson 6’3 225
Wilson was an absolute menace in the defensive backfield for the Arizona Cardinals for just over a decade, striking fear into the hearts of opposing offenses every week. In Wilson’s hall of fame caliber career he has amassed an amazing 25.5 sacks, 27 interceptions and 721 tackles, has made five Pro Bowls, and was recognized as a First-Team All-Pro after the 2009 season. Wilson was taken in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of N.C. State and may be the best value draft selection in Arizona Cardinals history. He also is a freak of nature athletically and is known across the league for his incredible vertical, impressive physique, and bone crushing hits.
2. David Boston 6’2 240
Boston played six seasons in the NFL from 1999-2005, four of which with the Cardinals, one season with the San Diego Chargers, and one season with the Miami Dolphins. After being taken with the eighth overall selection by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1999 NFL Draft, Boston burst on to the scene in his second season with 1,156 yards and seven touchdowns. He would follow up that performance with an even greater one in the 2001 season, earning a First-Team All-Pro selection with 1,598 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Boston came into the league as a big and fast receiver at 6’2 and 215 pounds but within his first four years in the league experienced and incredible and unprecedented increase in muscle mass for a receiver ballooning up to an incredible 245 pounds! Being able maintain his physical health and stay on the football field became too much for this gym and nutrition freak though as his body broke down and he was out of the league by age 27. Boston became the test case for what can happen when an NFL player takes their bodybuilding a little too far. Check out this interesting article the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote about Boston’s out of this world daily meal and workout plan in 2003.
1. Michael Pittman 6’0 225
Every Arizona Cardinals fan had a front row ticket to the gun show from 1998-2002 as Pittman played four seasons with the team after being drafted in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Fresno State.
Pittman ran for just under 2,000 and 11 touchdowns in his four seasons with the team, becoming the predominant starter in his final two seasons. He would go on to play seven more seasons in the NFL, six of which with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one with the Denver Broncos, amassing 3,682 more yards and 14 more touchdowns. Pittman was never a top-tier running back, but he will always be remembered by Cardinals fans for massive arms and impressive physique. Not surprisingly, Pittman is working as a fitness model these days.