Arizona Cardinals

By | Jan 25, 2009

Even though many football analyst’s said that the only reason the the Arizona Cardinals reached the 2008 NFL playoffs was because they played in a weak NFC West Division, they are going to be playing in the 43rd Super Bowl. It is true that the Cardinals have had a history of being a poor team, rarely finishing as a championship caliber team. They do have a long history in the National Football League.

The team has 1898 as their first year as an organization and are the oldest professional football club in the United States. In 1898 they were formed as the Morgan Athletic Club in Chicago and played as the Racine Normals. They played their games at Normal Field on Racine Ave. in Chicago.

They received the name Cardinals in 1901 and it was as a result of the color of their uniforms. They played in used uniforms that originally featured the maroon color of the University of Chicago. The color had faded and looked ‘cardinal red’.

It’s not really known when the club turned professional, however they were a professional club when they reformed in 1913. In 1906 with a lack of local competition they had disbanded play.

In 1920 the Chicago Cardinals became one of the charter members of the American Professional Football Association. This association became the National Football league in 1922. They along with the Decatur Staleys, now the Chicago Bears, are the only teams to have played in 1920 to be still in existence. The Green Bay Packers began a year later in 1921. The Packers are the oldest team to have played in the same city.

The Cardinals have been owned by the Bidwell family since Charles Bidwell purchased the team in 1932. Bidwell was a vice president of the Chicago Bears. When Charles Bidwell died in 1947 the team passed to his wife Violet. His son Bill Bidwell is currently the team owner. The Cardinals would move to St. Louis in 1960, playing there until they moved to Phoenix in 1988. They were the Phoenix Cardinals until 1994 when they broadened their market base.


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