You celebrate their wins, you mourn their losses, but how much do you actually know about Arizona’s NFL team? While they currently call Glendale home, the team has gone through a lot of changes in its 119 years. Nail down these facts — and root hard each season — and you can call yourself a true fan.
11. CARDINAL MIGRATION
The team started in Chicago before moving to St. Louis in 1960. The team stayed there for 28 years before relocating to Arizona in a handshake deal. Since 1987, the team has resided in the Grand Canyon State.
10. FIFTY SHADES OF MAROON
The Cardinals get their namesake and team color from original owner Chris O’Brien, who bought used jerseys from the University of Chicago for the boys. He described their faded red color as “Cardinal Red.”
9. OLD AS DIRT
Originally called the Morgan Athletic Club, the Arizona Cardinals were founded in 1898, making them the oldest continuously running professional football team in the United States.
8. AND NONE FOR PHOENIX
While they originally moved to Arizona as the Phoenix Cardinals, the team has never played a game in the city proper. Their original home was Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe before they moved to their current stadium in Glendale.
7. NUMBER FORTY
The team retired player No. 40 in memory of Pat Tillman, who played for the team from 1998 to 2002. A largely respected hero in the community, Tillman enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served in Afghanistan and was killed in combat.
6. RUNS IN THE FAM
When it comes to the football franchise-owning gene, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! The Cardinals are currently owned by Bill Bidwill, whose family has owned the team since 1932.
5. A MANSION FIT FOR KINGS
The team’s University of Phoenix Stadium cost $455 million to build and can expand to seat 72,400 fans. That’s enough to comfortably seat Flagstaff’s entire population!
4. BIG RED
The team’s mascot is the fiery red cardinal, Big Red, who “hatched” in 1998. Big Red is 6’4” and has a 7-foot wing span.
3. FOR THE RECORD
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is moving up in the NFL record books in several categories, including third all-time in receptions, ninth in receiving yards and eighth in receiving touchdowns.
2. MEN OF MANY TITLES
The Cardinals have a number of nicknames including Bird Gang, Cardiac Cards, Red Sea and quite simply, the Cards.
1. WINNER AT A LOSING GAME
The Arizona Cardinals hold the longest championship drought in major U.S. sports with no NFL titles in 68 consecutive seasons. The last time the Cardinals won an NFL championship was as a Chicago team in 1947.