Team Spirit Extras

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20132017 Season Roundup: The Cardinals failed two win twice in a row until the final two weeks of the season, and by then it was too late. They finished 8–8 despite having a solid defense and a 109-catch season from the remarkable Larry Fitzgerald. Three different quarterbacks started for Arizona, which scored more than three touchdowns just once during the year.

December 3, 2017: Larry Fitzgerald became the fastest player to reach 1,200 pass receptions when he caught 10 balls against the Rams. It was Fitzgerald’s 214th game. Jerry Rice held the old record, reaching 1,200 in 221 games.

October 8, 2017: Larry Fitzgerald caught a pass for the 20oth game in a row. Only Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez had longer streaks.

2017 Season Preview: Some experts are picking running back David Johnson to have an MVP season. If opponents get stretched trying to defend against Arizona’s speedy receivers, Johnson could very well have a monster year. For the Cardinals to return to the Super Bowl, QB Carson Palmer will have to stay on the field, and the pass defense—led by Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson—will need to create turnovers.

20132016 Season Roundup: A season of high hopes ended with a 7–8–1 record after injuries slowed the team’s offense. Running back David Johnson and receiver Larry Fitzgerald had outstanding years, but they weren’t enough to overcome a 1–3 start.  

2016 Season Preview: After a team-record 13 wins and a trip to the NFC title game, the Cardinals are being picked by many experts as a Super Bowl favorite. Veteran Carson Palmer leads an offense that includes young running back David Johnson and star receivers Larry Fitzgerlad and Michael Floyd. Arizona’s defense improves with the signing of pass-rusher Chandler Jones and a defensive backfield led by Patrick Peterson.

2013December 6, 2015: Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player to catch 1,000 passes in his career. He broke the record held by Andre Johnson.

2015 Season Preview: Can Carson Palmer recover from knee surgery to lead the Cards to the playoffs? An improved running game should help. Defensive wizard Todd Bowles is now the coach of the Jets, so everyone will be watching the Arizona D closely this year.

2013September 1, 2014: Carson Palmer has plenty of weapons and a solid front line n 2014, which has many Arizona fans predicting a 5,000-yard season for the veteran quarterback. Andre Ellington is a good runner and Larry Fitzgerald is an all-world receiver. However, Patrick Peterson and the Arizona defense may have taken a step backward from 2013.

2013September 4, 2013: Arizona has the bad luck to be in a division with three rising teams. The Cardinals should be better in 2013, too, thanks to new quarterback Carson Palmer. However, they will need career years from players such as Calais Campbell, Rashard Mendenhall, and Larry Fitzgerald to bounce back from 11 losses in their last 12 games in 2012.

2013February 2, 2013: The Cardinals surged to a 4–0 start in 2012, but struggled the rest of the way. A season-ending injury to Kevin Kolb started a chain reaction that resulted in a 5–11 record and the firing of coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Summer, 2012: The Cardinals were in a ton of close games last year and made some amazing fourth-quarter comebacks. This year their quarterback, Kevin Kolb, is healthy and he has a new target in Michael Floyd. It would not be a shock to see Arizona return to the playoffs.

Team Spirit Extras

This card of Mal Kutner was from one of the first sets to show photos of NFL players in color. It was actually a black-and-white photo that was hand-colored. (Leaf International BV)


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Ottis Anderson had a great career in St. Louis and then helped the New York Giants win the Super Bowl. (Author's Collection)


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Arizona fans expected Jake Plummer to become one of the NFL's top quarterbacks. He played well but never fulfilled his enormous potential with the Cards. (Author's Collection)


Paul Christman — Quarterback
Born: 3/5/1918
Died: 3/2/1970
Played for Team: 1945 to 1950
"Pitchin' Paul" Christman did not have the talent of other NFL passers, but he was a smart and capable quarterback who led the Cardinals to two championship games. After retiring, Christman announced American League Football games on TV. He was one of the announcers for the first Super Bowl.

Mal Kutner — Receiver
Born: 3/27/1921
Died: 6/5/2005
Played for Team: 1946 to 1950
Although the Cardinals were famous for their "Million Dollar Backfield" in the 1940s, the player who made the difference in many close games was Mal Kutner. He was the NFL's top rookie in 1946 and its MVP in 1948, when he led the league in receiving yards for the second year in a row.

Jim Bakken — Kicker
Born: 11/2/1940
Played for Team: 1962 to 1978
The Cardinals didn't score a lot of touchdowns during the 1960s and 1970s, but thanks to Jim Bakken, they made a lot of field goals. In 1967, he attempted nine in a game and made seven to set an NFL record. Later that year, he kicked six in a game. It was no surprise when he led the league with a total of 27 and was the NFL's top scorer with 117 points.

Ottis Anderson — Running Back
Born: 1/19/1957
Played for Team: 1979 to 1986
The Cardinals weren't a winning team when Ottis Anderson played for them. If they had been, Anderson would probably be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was an All-Pro his rookie year and gained over 1,000 yards five times from 1979 to 1984.

Neil Lomax — Quarterback
Born: 2/17/1959 Played for Team: 1981 to 1988
Neil Lomax could throw touchdown passes from anywhere on the field. He had a powerful arm and great confidence in his abilities. When Lomax was healthy, there was no stopping him. In 1987, he led the NFL with 275 completions and 3,387 passing yards.

Jake Plummer — Quarterback
Born: 12/19/1974
Played for Team: 1997 to 2002
Jake "The Snake" Plummer would wriggle away from oncoming pass-rushers to strike at the heart of opposing defenses. He was as daring as he was talented. In 1998, Plummer led the Cardinals to their first playoff victory in 41 years when they beat the Dallas Cowboys 20–7.

Anquan Boldin — Receiver
Born: 10/3/1980
Played for Team: 2003 to 2009
Anquan Boldin got off to a faster start than any receiver in NFL history when he gained 217 yards in his first game as a Cardinal. He finished with 101 receptions that season. In 2005, he and Larry Fitzgerald became the third pair of teammates to have 100-catch seasons. In 2008, Boldin, Fitzgerald, and Steve Breaston each finished the year with more than 1,000 receiving yards.

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This round Jim Otis card came in a bag of potato chips. (Crane's Potato Chips)


When the Cardinals moved from Chicago to St. Louis in 1960, it was not just to win new fans. The NFL also wanted to keep the upstart American Football League from moving into St. Louis.

In 1932, the Cardinals were purchased by Charley Bidwill, who was a vice president for the Chicago Bears. The Bidwill family has owned the team ever since.

Cardinals running back Jim Otis attended Ohio State University before starting his NFL career. That was no surprise to the Otis family. Jim's dad had been a college roommate and close friend of Woody Hayes, the Buckeyes' head coach. The legendary coach taught Otis well. In 1975, he became just the second Cardinal to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

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"Gus" Tinsley only played three NFL seasons, but when he retired he ranked fourth all-time in catches. (Topps, Inc.)


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I always wondered why Sonny Randle would want to sign a picture of himself where you couldn't see his face. (Author's Collection)


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Marshall Goldberg was over the hill by the time the Cardinals won their championship, but in the early 1940s he was a huge NFL star. (Author's Collection)


1935 — Doug Russell — 499 (as a member of the Chicago Cardinals)

1937 — Gaynell Tinsley — 675 (as a member of the Chicago Cardinals)
1984 — Roy Green — 1,555 (as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals)
1987 — J.T. Smith — 1,117 (as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals)
2001 — David Boston — 1,598

1964 — Charley Johnson — 3,045
1987 — Neil Lomax — 3,387

No Cardinal has led the NFL in rushing touchdowns.

1948 — Mal Kutner — 14 (tied for NFL lead as a member of the Chicago Cardinals)
1950 — Bob Shaw — 12 (as a member of the Chicago Cardinals)
1960 — Sonny Randle — 15
1975 — Mel Gray — 11 (tied for NFL lead)
1983 — Roy Green — 14
2008 — Larry Fitzgerald — 12 (tied for NFL lead)
2009 — Larry Fitzgerald — 13 (tied for NFL lead)

No Cardinal has led the NFL in passing touchdowns.

1948 — Pat Harder — 110 (as a member of the Chicago Cardinals)
1949 — Pat Harder — 102 (tied for NFL lead as a member of the Chicago Cardinals)
1967 — Jim Bakken — 117 (as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals)

1941 — Marshall Goldberg — 7 (tied for NFL lead as a member of the Chicago Cardinals)
1949 — Bob Nussbaumer — 12 (as a member of the Chicago Cardinals)
1954 — Dick "Night Train" Lane — 10 (as a member of the Chicago Cardinals)
1956 — Lindon Crow — 11 as a member of the Chicago Cardinals)
1960 — Jerry Norton — 10 (tied for NFL lead as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals)
1966 — Larry Wilson — 10 (as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals)

No Cardinal has led the league in sacks.

1947 NFL Championship Philadelphia Eagles Won 28–21
1948 NFL Championship Philadelphia Eagles Lost 7–0


2008 NFC Championship Philadelphia Eagles Won 32–25
2008 Super Bowl XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers Lost 27–23
2015 NFC Championship Carolina Panthers Lost 49–15


Note: Prior to 1933, there was no official NFL Championship Game. The team with the best record was named champion by the league. The Chicago Cardinals were NFL champions in 1925.

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