The Arizona Cardinals have only played in the desert of Arizona since the late 1980’s. Before that they spent a good amount of time in St. Louis where they had moved to from the city of Chicago. The truth is that the Cardinals are one of the oldest franchises in professional football.
Like most pro football teams, the Cardinals have retired the jersey numbers of players who have either been exceptional on the field or who have meant a great deal to the organization and it’s fans. Here is a look at the great Cardinals players from the past who have had their jersey numbers retired by the team.
#8 – Larry Wilson
Larry Wilson came to the Cardinals in 1960 and played for them through the 1972 season. In that time, he made eight Pro Bowls and became one of the more feared safeties in the league. He is known for one game in particular when he intercepted a pass despite having casts on both hands due to broken wrists. After retiring he held a number of jobs with the Cardinals including Director of Scouting, Director of Personnel, Interim Head Coach, Vice-President, and General Manager. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
#40 – Pat Tillman
Pat Tillman was a standout linebacker in college at Arizona State University who then moved to safety after being drafted into the NFL by the Cardinals in 1998. In 2002, eight months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tillman turned down a contract offer worth over three million dollars a year and instead enlisted in the United States Army.
#77 – Stan Mauldin
Stan Mauldin was an offensive tackle for the Cardinals during the 1940s. After a 1948 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Mauldin died from a heart attack.
#88 – J.V. Cain
J.V. Cain played collegiately at Colorado and was then drafted with the 7th overall pick in the 1974 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. He played for the team from 1974 to 1978 and then passed away during training camp in 1979 due to congenital heart failure.
#99 – Marshall Goldberg
The son of immigrants, Marshall Goldberg played for the Chicago Cardinals from 1939 to 1943 and then again after his World War II service from 1946 to 1948. He was an important member of the Cardinals’ 1947 NFL Championship team.