Arizona Cardinals Team History and Timeline

Updated on October 15, 2019
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Arizona Cardinals' logo
Arizona Cardinals' logo | Source

In the beginning there were the Cardinals, and they were not very good. That hasn’t changed much.

The oldest continuous football franchise in the United States, the Arizona Cardinals began life as a collective of men who had decided to give this new-fangled football thing a try. Over their 121 years of existence, the Cardinals claim only two League Championships (one of which is hotly debated), and with the recent success of the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, they are considered by many to be the most woeful franchise in U.S. history.

Yet through all of this, the Cardinals have endured and continue to endure. Rebranding, relocations, depressions, both World Wars, financial strife, and every kind of impending doom that can be imagined, and they are still here. There is something we admire about the failure that won't quit, the underdog. Here, you’ll find a complete account of the National Football League's lovable losers, including...

  • important highlights, stats, and records,

  • the team’s name and ownership history (which includes the first female NFL coach ever),

  • notable Cardinals games and rivalries and their stadium history,

  • lists of their top five coaches, top players, retired numbers, Hall-of-Fame inductees, and career and season statistical leaders, and

  • common questions about the team, with detailed answers.

Team Highlights, Stats, and Records

Overall Team Record

553-756-41

Winningest Coach

Ken Whisenhunt (45-51)

Playoff Appearances

(10) 1947, 1948, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015

Best Season in Franchise History

(13-3) 2015, Head Coach: Bruce Arians

Worst Season in Franchise History

(0-10) 1943, Head Coach: Phil Handler

(0-10) 1944, Head Coaches: Phil Handler and Walt Kiesling

NFL Championships

(2) 1925, 1947

NFL Championship Appearances

(4) 1925, 1947, 1948, 2008 (SBXLIII)

Locations Through Franchise History

  • Chicago, Illinois: 1898-1959

  • St. Louis, Missouri: 1960-1987

  • Tempe, Arizona: 1988-2005

  • Glendale, Arizona: 2006-Present

Team Photo: 1920 Racine Cardinals
Team Photo: 1920 Racine Cardinals | Source

History and Ownership of the Cardinals

Morgan Athletic Club (1898-1900)

The Arizona Cardinals pre-date the NFL by approximately 22 years. Founded some time in 1898 by a neighborhood group on Chicago’s South Side, they originally identified themselves as the Morgan Athletic Club. Chris O’Brien, a building and painting contractor, acquired the team soon after its inception. He relocated them to Racine Avenue, where they played on Normal Field. This prompted the team’s second name, the Racine Normals.

Racine Street Cardinals (1901-1921)

The origin of the name Cardinals is a humorous one. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the idea of organized football outside of college was a novelty. The financial viability of the sport was nonexistent, and the motivations for playing were entirely pure. Everyone who played was playing for the love of this new game and for the camaraderie, hoping to find a way to exist as a team for a while longer.

In 1901, the Racine Normals needed uniforms. Owner Chris O’Brien purchased these uniforms secondhand from the University of Chicago in 1901. The jerseys were worn and faded to a dull red rather than their original bright red color. The story goes that rather than describe the jerseys as what they were (old and used), O’Brien chose to enthusiastically spin them as the team’s new color, cardinal red. Thus the Racine Street Cardinals were born, and the team has been the Cardinals ever since, making the cardinal the oldest continuous mascot in American Professional Football today.

Chicago Cardinals emblem
Chicago Cardinals emblem | Source

Chicago Cardinals (1922-1959)

The Racine Cardinals continued to endure as a football club, and the team became a charter member of the American Professional Football Association (APFA) in 1920. In 1922, the APFA became the National Football League (NFL), and the Racine Cardinals changed their name to the Chicago Cardinals. This change came to differentiate them from the Horlick-Racine Legion, which joined the NFL that year.

The Cardinals remained in Chicago until 1960, with the exception of the 1944 season when they were combined with the Pittsburgh Steelers because so many players went overseas during World War II. During this 40 year stretch in Chicago, the Cardinals fought to survive, and they were not particularly successful. But despite the lack of success, it was still the most successful era in the team’s history.

In 1925, the Cardinals claimed their first championship, though with extreme controversy. The best team that season was the Pottsville Maroons, which beat the Cardinals 21-7. Joseph Carr, the NFL commissioner at the time, suspended the Maroons for playing an unsanctioned exhibition game in Philadelphia. As a result, the championship was awarded to the Cardinals.

But the controversy doesn’t end there. Cardinals owner Chris O’Brien refused to accept the title, feeling it was unfair to do so, since the team had been beaten by the Maroons in a fair competition. Dr. David Jones, who purchased the Cardinals in 1929 from O’Brien for $12,000, also refused to accept the championship. It wasn’t until 1933, when Charles Bidwell became owner, that the Cardinals officially acknowledged the 1925 championship season.

And the championship claim is still met with controversy. The NFL has revisited the case as recently as 2003, but voted not to reopen it. The Chicago Cardinals are still listed as the 1925 NFL Champions.

Eight months after Charles Bidwell’s death in 1947, the Cardinals had their first and only uncontested championship season. They beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in the Championship Game and reached the Championship Game again in 1948, this time losing to the Eagles 7-0.

Violet Bidwell Wolfner would take over for her husband as owner in1947, and despite being competitive in the late 1940s, the Cardinals would struggle again in the 1950s, putting the team on the verge of bankruptcy.

Hall-of-Famer and member of the 1947 Cardinals' Championship Team Charley Trippi.
Hall-of-Famer and member of the 1947 Cardinals' Championship Team Charley Trippi. | Source

Card-Pitt (1944)

Due to the loss of players during the World War II effort, the NFL was forced to combine several teams in order for the league to survive. In 1944, the Chicago Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers joined forces. The team was referred to as Card-Pitt, and this union lasted for only one year.

Card-Pitt split home games between Comiskey Park in Chicago and Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. The team finished with a dismal record of 0-10.

St. Louis Cardinals (1960-1987)

The Cardinals' struggles had prompted Violet Bidwell Wolfner to seek to relocate her team. It was becoming apparent that the Chicago football fanbase was not adequate to support both the Bears and the Cardinals, but the NFL was reluctant to grant relocation.

In 1960, the American Football League (AFL) formed. This league existed for ten seasons and almost overthrew the NFL. In 1970, the AFL and NFL merged, and the NFL name survived. Due to this competition, 1960 was the perfect season for Bidwell Wolfner’s relocation aspirations to be met. With the AFL, the NFL saw a need to expand their brand geographically. The result was the formation of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1960. Bidwell Wolfner died two years later, in 1962, and her son, Bill Bidwell, took over as owner.

Because there was already a Major League Baseball team called the St. Louis Cardinals, local fans often referred to the St. Louis Cardinals football team as “Big Red” or the “Football Cardinals.” The Cardinals remained in St. Louis for 27 years, but success still eluded them. They were only able to advance to the playoffs in 1974, 1975, and 1982, losing in the first round each year.

Due to poor play and attendance, the team was again strapped for cash in the mid-1980s, and Bill Bidwell sought relocation.

Phoenix Cardinals (1988-1993)

After a pedestrian 7-9 season in 1987, Bill Bidwell chose to move the Cardinals to Arizona and renamed them the Phoenix Cardinals, although they never actually played in Phoenix. Instead, the Cardinals shared Sun Devil Stadium with Arizona State University in nearby Tempe, Arizona until 2005 and then moved to Glendale, Arizona.

As Phoenix, the Cardinals never had a winning season.

After 107 years, finally a stadium to call their own
After 107 years, finally a stadium to call their own | Source

Arizona Cardinals (1994-Present)

The Cardinals rebranded yet again in 1994, becoming the Arizona Cardinals. Then in August of 2006, the team made the short move to Glendale, Arizona after the opening of Cardinals Stadium, which became the team’s first dedicated stadium in 107 years of existence, though executive offices remain in Tempe until this day.

A month later, the University of Phoenix purchased naming rights, and the stadium became University of Phoenix Stadium. In 2018, the naming rights were purchased yet again, this time by State Farm, and the stadium is currently State Farm Stadium.

Since becoming the Arizona Cardinals, the Cardinals have again primarily been a losing franchise, but they have also had some of their most memorable seasons, reaching the playoffs five times.

Arizona Cardinals Most Recent Playoff Appearances

1. In 1998, under Coach Vince Tobin, the Cardinals went 9-7, which was good enough for a wild card berth that year. With standout quarterback Jake “The Snake” Plummer at the helm, the Cardinals did something they hadn’t done since 1947: win a playoff game. They beat the Dallas Cowboys 20-7.

2. Ten years later, in 2008, under Coach Ken Whisenhunt, the Arizona Cardinals made one of the most miraculous runs in NFL history. Again creeping into the playoffs at 9-7, they won three playoff games and a trip to the Super Bowl.

They were captained by Kurt Warner, a quarterback many believed to be washed up. Warner, with the help of a superb receiving corps (Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston), captivated the hearts and imaginations of football fans everywhere during this improbable run. The Cinderella story came to an end, though, in a tightly fought Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-23. The 2008 season is the Cardinals’ only Super Bowl appearance to date.

3. The Cardinals improved their regular season record to 10-6 and qualified for the playoffs again in 2009, and for the second year in a row, a Ken Whisenhunt team advanced in the playoffs, this time in an absolute shootout against the Green Bay Packers, 51-45. The Cardinals were blown out the following week by the eventual Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, 45-14.

The following year, future Hall-of-Famer Kurt Warner retired, and within a few years, both Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston would be gone. Again, the Cardinals fell on hard times, and Ken Whisenhunt was fired in 2012.

4. In 2013, Bruce Arians was given the head coaching job, and Carson Palmer emerged as quarterback. Larry Fitzgerald continued to be an elite receiver. For the next three seasons, the Cardinals posted unprecedented regular season records.

In Arians's first season, the Cardinals finished with a mark of 10-6, though this was not enough to secure a playoff berth. In 2014, the Cardinals made the playoffs, finishing at 11-5, but were ousted by the Carolina Panthers, 27-16, in the wild card round.

5. 2015 was a historic year in many regards: the Cardinals posted a franchise best 13-3 record and, for the first time in team history, secured a first round bye in the playoffs. They won their first playoff game against the Green Bay Packers 26-20, but were clobbered by the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship game, 49-15.

After two more mediocre seasons, 7-8-1 and 8-8, Arians retired as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, citing his family as the reason for his departure. Arians finished his tenure at Arizona with a record of 40-27-1.

The Cardinals were back to their usual form in 2018, posting a 3-13 record under Steve Wilks, who was fired at the end of the season.

The Cardinals are currently coached by Kliff Kingsbury, a former college coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. They also drafted college Heisman-winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick of the 2019 draft. Kingsbury brings a high-flying offensive philosophy to Arizona, and though aspirations for the future of the franchise are high, 2019 is considered by most a rebuilding year.

First Female NFL coach Jennifer Welter
First Female NFL coach Jennifer Welter | Source

First Female NFL Coach Jennifer Welter

A complete lack of female coaches has long been a black eye on the sport of football. In 2015, Jennifer Welter became the first female NFL coach, working as an assistant intern for the Arizona Cardinals through training camp and preseason. Her short stint helped pave the way for other female coaches, such as Kathryn Smith of the Buffalo Bills and Katie Sowers of the San Francisco 49ers.

Welter most recently coached as a defensive specialist for the Atlanta Legends of the now defunct Alliance of American Football.

Seattle Seahawks: the Cardinals newest rivalry.
Seattle Seahawks: the Cardinals newest rivalry. | Source

Notable Rivalries and Games

If you ask who the Arizona Cardinals’ biggest rivals are, the answer is, realistically, nobody. Though the Cardinals have been around since the beginning of the NFL, they have moved so many times, and the league has been so apt to change their division at a moment’s notice, that the Cardinals haven’t had any regularly scheduled rivalries that have endured throughout history. That said, in the short term, the Cardinals have had many rivalries, and the following list details several of the most prominent.

  • Chicago Bears (28-59-6): This rivalry dates back to the NFL’s inception in 1920. Regular meetings ended when the Cardinals moved to St. Louis in 1960. The Bears and Cardinals first played on November 28, 1920, a game the Bears won 7-6.

  • Green Bay Packers (24-46-4): The Cardinals and Packers began playing on November 20, 1921, a game that ended in a 3-3 tie. More recently, the Cardinals have won the last two playoff contests between the two, in 2009 and 2015. The 2009 wild card matchup was the highest scoring game in NFL playoff history, 51-45.

  • Philadelphia Eagles (57-56-5): Though the Cardinals and Eagles no longer share a division, they have many times throughout history. This is the only rivalry in which the Cardinals enjoy a lead, albeit slim.

  • Cleveland Browns (14-33-3): In the early history of the league, Cleveland and the Cardinals often shared a division, and Cleveland usually won. The two teams first met in 1950, a game the Browns won 34-24.

  • New York Giants (44-81-2): The Giants dominated this series. The Giants played and beat the Cardinals for the first time in 1926, 20-0.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (23-33-3): For one season during World War II in 1944, the Steelers and Cardinals combined as Card-Pitt and went a pitiful 0-10. As rivals, the Steelers have dominated the series.

  • Washington Redskins (46-77-2): The Redskins and Cardinals were division rivals from 1960-2001. The rivalry ended when the Cardinals were moved from the NFC East Division to the NFC West.

  • Dallas Cowboys (31-56-1): Another rival from the old NFC West, the Cardinals beat the Cowboys 20-7 in a 1994 wild card showdown.

  • Seattle Seahawks (19-22-1): The Seahawks are considered by many fans to be the Cardinals’ most serious and current rival. Their rivalry status began in 2002, when league realignment put both teams in the NFC West Division. Despite the Seahawks’ success in recent years and the Cardinals being such a historically poor team, the rivalry has been a very competitive one.

  • Los Angeles Rams (38-42-2): The Rams are another regular foe of the Cardinals due to the restructuring of the NFC West Division.

  • San Francisco 49ers (26-29-0): The NFC West Division 49ers hold a three game lead in this new rivalry.

Outside the Cardinals' Stadium
Outside the Cardinals' Stadium | Source

Stadium History and Controversy

Normal Park (1900?-1921) and (1926-1928): Some time around the turn of the twentieth century Chris O’Brien moved the Morgan Athletic Club to Normal Park, where for a short time they became the Normals, before becoming the Cardinals in 1901.

They played at Normal Park for at least 20 years as a club before the team joined an organized, professional football league.

Comiskey Park (1922-1925), (1929-1930), and (1939-1958): Comiskey park is best known for being the home of Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox, but it was also often the home field of the Chicago Cardinals.

Wrigley Field (1931-1938): During this time Wrigley Field pulled triple duty, being home to the Chicago Cubs of the MLB and both the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals of the NFL.

Soldier Field (1959, 4 games): When one mentions Soldier Field, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds are the Chicago Bears, but the Chicago Cardinals were the first NFL team to play there, over a decade before the Chicago Bears.

Metropolitan Stadium (1959, 2 games): Strangely, the Chicago Cardinals played two “home” games in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the 1959 season. Owner Violet Bidwell Wolfner desperately wanted to move her financially struggling franchise. The NFL was exploring the idea of a team in Minnesota. In the end, the Cardinals and Minneapolis were not a love connection. The Cardinals moved to St. Louis in 1960, and the Minnesota Vikings came into existence in 1961.

Sportsman’s Park (1960-1965): This was the name of a sports complex containing several parks in St. Louis. It had been owned by the St. Louis Browns (Now the Milwaukee Brewers) and the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball teams.

Busch Memorial Stadium (1966-1987): Busch Memorial Stadium is best known for being the home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. It was also home to the St. Louis Cardinals football team for the majority of their time in St. Louis.

Sun Devil Stadium (1988-2005): Sun Devil Stadium has been home to the Arizona State University (ASU) football team since 1958. For almost two decades ASU shared this stadium with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals.

State Farm Stadium (2006-present): The first and only stadium the Cardinals have had in their 121 year history that is devoted primarily to their football team, for its first month of existence, it was named Cardinals Stadium. Then it was called University of Phoenix Stadium. As of 2018, it is State Farm Stadium.

Despite being one of the more beautiful sports venues in the world, State Farm Stadium has been met with controversy. A large portion of payment for the stadium is made via taxed tourism expenditures: hotels, car rentals, etc. Instability in the economy has hurt tourism revenue. To complicate things further, the legality of these taxes has been challenged, specifically concerning car rental taxes. Car rental company owners contend that such a car tax is illegal under the State’s constitution, which could result in the refunding of tens of millions of dollars to car companies.

Ken Whisenhunt took the Cardinals to their one and only Super Bowl appearance.
Ken Whisenhunt took the Cardinals to their one and only Super Bowl appearance. | Source

Top Five Coaches in Cardinals History

Coach
Record
Win Percentage
Years Coached
1. Ken Whisenhunt
45-51
.469
2007-2012
2. Don Coryell
42-27-1
.607
1973-1977
3. Bruce Arians
40-27-1
.596
2013-2017
4. Jim Hanifan
39-49-1
.444
1980-1985
5. Charley Winner
35-30-5
.536
1966-1970
Pat Tillman: an American Patriot
Pat Tillman: an American Patriot | Source

Top Players in Cardinals History

Throughout their long history, the Cardinals have had many exceptional players. They have retired five jerseys and have had 15 players that spent the majority of their careers with the franchise inducted into the Hall-of-Fame.

Arizona Cardinals Retired Numbers

Number
Player Honored
Position
Years of Service
Description of Contribution
8
Larry Wilson
DB
1960-1972
Wilson was one of the best defensive backs in NFL history. Despite his exceptional skill, the Cardinals did not reach the playoffs once during his long and decorated career.
40
PatTillman
DB
1998-2001
Tillman left the NFL to enlist in the United States Army in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. Tragically, he died in Afghanistan at 27 as a result of friendly fire.
77
Stan Mauldin
T
1946-1948
A member of the Cardinals' 1947 ChampionshipTeam, Mauldin died in 1948 of a heart attack after a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was only 27.
88
J.V. Cain
TE-WR
1974-1977
Cain was an excellent tight end during his short career, playing on 2 playoff teams. His life was cut short at 28 due to a congenital heart condition exacerbated during a 1979 training camp.
99
Marshall Goldberg
HB-DB-KR-PR
1939-1943 & 1946-1948
A player who did a little bit of everything, Goldberg also served 2 years in WWII as a Navy Seal in the middle of his career. When he returned from the war, he became a member of the Cardinals' 1947 Championship Team.
Hall-of-Fame defensive back Dick "Night Train" Lane
Hall-of-Fame defensive back Dick "Night Train" Lane | Source

Arizona Cardinals Hall-of-Fame Inductees

Name
Position
Years With Cardinals
Year Enshrined
Pro Bowl and All-Pro Selections
Aeneas Williams
DB
1991-2000
2014
8 Pro Bowl, 3 All-Pro
Charles Bidwell
Owner
1933-1946
1967
Inducted as owner
Charley Trippi
HB-QB-DB
1947-1955
1968
2 Pro Bowl, 1 All-Pro
Dan Dierdorf
T-G-C
1971-1983
1996
6 Pro Bowl, 3 All-Pro
Dick "Night Train" Lane
DB
1954-1959
1974
7 Pro Bowl, 3 All-Pro
*Don Maynard
FL-WR
1973
1987
4 Pro Bowl, 1 All-Pro
*Earl Lambeau
Owner/Coach
1950-1951
1963
Inducted as Owner/Coach
*Emmitt Smith
RB
2003-2004
2010
8 Pro Bowl, 4 All-Pro
Ernie Nevers
FB
1929-1931
1963
5 All-Pro
Guy Chamberlin
E
1927-1928
1965
1 All-Pro, Inducted as Coach
Jackie Smith
TE
1963-1977
1994
5 Pro Bowl
Jimmy Conzelman
BB-TB
1940-1942 & 1946-1948
1964
Inducted as Coach
*Jim Thorpe
TB
1928
1963
1 All-Pro
Paddy Driscoll
HB-QB-TB-BB
1920-1925
1965
6 All-Pro
*Kurt Warner
QB
2005-2009
2017
4 Pro Bowl, 2 All-Pro
Larry Wilson
DB
1960-1972
1978
8 Pro Bowl, 5 All-Pro
Ollie Matson
RB-FL
1952 & 1954-1958
1972
6 Pro Bowl, 5 All-Pro
Roger Wehrli
DB
1969-1982
2007
7 Pro Bowl, 3 All-Pro
*Walt Kiesling
G-T
1929-1933
1966
1 All-Pro
(*) Did not spend the majority of their career with the Arizona Cardinals
Future Hall-of-Famer Larry Fitzgerald
Future Hall-of-Famer Larry Fitzgerald | Source

Arizona Cardinals Career Statistical Leaders

Category
Number
Player Name
Points
1,380
Jim Bakken
Passing TDs
209
Jim Hart
TDs
118
Larry Fitzgerald
Rushing TDs
46
Ottis Anderson
Receiving TDs
118
Larry Fitzgerald
Def. TDs
8
Aeneas Williams
Int. TDs
6
Aeneas Williams
Punt Return TDs
4
Patrick Peterson
Kick Return TDs
6
Ollie Matson
KR & PR TDs
9
Ollie Matson
Passing Yards
34,639
Jim Hart
Rushing Yards
7,999
Ottis Anderson
Receptions
1,326
Larry Fitzgerald
Receiving Yards
16,579
Larry Fitzgerald
All-Purpose Yards
16,647
Larry Fitzgerald
Interceptions
52
Larry Wilson
Sacks
66.5
Freddie Joe Nunn

Arizona Cardinals Season Statistical Leaders

Category
Number
Player Name
Year
Points
140
Neil Rackers
2005
Passing TDs
35
Carson Palmer
2015
TDs
20
David Johnson
2016
Rushing TDs
16
David Johnson
2016
Receiving TDs
15
Sonny Randle
1960
Def. TDs
3
Robert Massey, Antrel Rolle
1992, 2007
Int. TDs
3
Robert Massey, Antrel Rolle
1992, 2007
Punt Return TDs
4
Patrick Peterson
2011
Kick Return TDs
2
Les Goble, Ollie Matson (2), LaRod Stephens-Howling
1954, 1952, 1958, 2010
KR & PR TDs
4
Patrick Peterson
2011
Passing Yards
4,671
Carson Palmer
2015
Rushing Yards
1,605
Ottis Anderson
1979
Receptions
109
Larry Fitzgerald (2)
2015, 2017
Receiving Yards
1,598
David Boston
2001
All-Purpose Yards
2,462
Terry Metcalf
1975
Interceptions
12
Bob Nussbaumer
1949
Sacks
17
Chandler Jones
2017

People Also Ask

How Did the Cardinals Get Their Name?

In 1901, team owner Chris O’Brien purchased used jerseys from the University of Chicago. The Jerseys were a faded red that O’Brien deemed “cardinal red.” The team was known as the Cardinals from that point forward.

What Were the Cardinals Called Before?

At its origin in 1898, the team was called the Morgan Athletic Club. Sometime around the turn of the twentieth century the team was moved to Normal Park and, for a short time, known as the Normals.

When Did the Cardinals Leave Chicago?

Finding themselves in dire financial circumstances, the Cardinals moved to St. Louis in 1960.

Have the Cardinals Ever Won a Super Bowl?

No, but they did go to Super Bowl XLIII in 2008.

Who Are the Top Five Coaches in Cardinals History?

From a number of wins perspective: 1. Ken Whisenhunt, 2. Don Coryell, 3. Bruce Arians, 4. Jim Hanifan , and 5. Charley Winner. See the above table “Top Five Coaches in Cardinals History” for more information.

How Many Hall-of-Famers Do the Cardinals Have?

15 Hall-of-Fame players have spent the majority of their careers with the Cardinals. Six more have spent some time there. See the above table “Arizona Cardinals Hall-of-Fame Inductees” for more information.

When Did the Cardinals Move to Arizona?

The Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988.

How Long Have the Cardinals Been in the NFL?

100 years, which is as long as is possible. The NFL was born in 1920, and the Cardinals were a charter member. The team was founded around 22 years before the NFL came into existence in 1898.

Is the Cardinals’ Stadium Air Conditioned?

Yes. Though the roof is retractable, State Farm Stadium is climate-controlled for indoor events.

References

  1. Oldest.org. 10 Oldest Teams in the NFL. Retrieved September 15, 2019
  2. Profootballhof.com. Hall of Famers by Franchise. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. Profootballreference.com. Pro Football Statistics and History. Retrieved September 15-30, 2019.
  4. Sportsencyclopedia.com. Chicago Cardinals. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  5. Wikipedia. Arizona Cardinals. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  6. Kuriloff, Aaron (2015). Wsj.com. While Arizona Cardinals Soar, Legal Battle Puts Stadium Investors in Red Zone. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  7. Statefarmstadium.com. About State Farm Stadium. Retrieved September 30, 2019.

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      • Larry Rankin profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry Rankin 

        5 weeks ago from Oklahoma

        Linda: so nice to hear from you. It has been a long sebbatical for me from Hubpages. It's nice to see a familiar face.

        Yeah, I've never understood why there are not more female coaches, besides the obvious sexism. For years the excuse has been, women dont play football, so they can't coach it, but that excuse doesn't fully hold water.

        It's a game of strategy, so anyone that is good at strategy has the ability to be a great coach, regardless of whether or not you've played.

        In this case, Welter does have a lot of playing experience and it is an advantage to have played to fully understand the game, but it's not an absolute necessity. Plenty of men have been given coaching jobs with little or no actual playing experience.

        Plenty of men coach female sports. Why don't more women coach football?

        Thanks again for stopping by.

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        Linda Crampton 

        5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is a wonderful article for a fan of the Arizona Cardinals, Larry! You've included a huge amount of information about the team. I was especially interested in the section about female coaches in the NFL.

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