By John Turney
Here is the team, First-teams on left, Second-teams on
The Cardinal franchise has had some extraordinary seasons from the wide-out position. We settled on Roy Green, 1984 (All-Pro
78-1555-19.9-12), and Larry Fitzgerald, 2008 (All-Pro, 96-1431-14.9-12), as the First-team receivers. ,
The Second-team choices are Mel Gray, 1975 (All-Pro
J.T. Smith, 1987, Anquan Boldin, 2008, David Boston, 2001 (All-Pro, 98-1598-16.3-8)
A case could be made for many of these to be on the First- or Second-team. Again, it's a deep group.
Jackie Smith, 1967.
We had a hard time picking a Second-
The 3rd wide receiver slot goes to Ricky Proehl, 1990, and the backup is Steve Breaston, 2009
The 3rd wide receiver Andre Ellington, 2013, and Larry Centers, 1992. The honorable mention Stump Mitchell, 1984.
The modern fullback is Larry Centers, 1995, and his backup is Terrelle Smith, 2007. The two honorable mentions are Joel Makovicka, 2001, and James Hodges, 2003.
Ernie Nevers, 1929, and Ollie Matson, 1956, are the running backs. True, they were both traditional fullbacks, but in this exercise they are ball carriers, the player who leads the running game.
are Charley Trippi, 1948, Pat Harder, 1948, MacArthur Lane, 1970, Johnny Roland, 1967, Jim Otis, 1975, John David Crow, 1960 (though in 1962 he scored 14 rush TDs and 3 receiving TDs), and Stump Mitchell, 1985. honorables
Kurt Warner, 2008, takes the quarterback spot. We picked Carson Palmer, 2015 (Second-team All-Pro) over QB/TB Paddy Driscoll, 1925 (All-Pro). Warner won the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL MVP in 2008 and got the Cardinals close to winning the Super Bowl.
The rest of the
, along with Driscoll, Neil Lomax honorables , 1984 (Second-team All-NFC), Jim Hart, 1974 (Second-team All-Pro), Paul Christman, 1947, Jim Hardy, 1950, and Charlie Johnson, 1963.
Tom Banks, 1976 (All-Pro), is the First-team center and the Second-
is Bob DeMarco, 1967 (All-Pro). The HMs at teamer are Derek Kennard, 1988 (perhaps the NFL's best center that season), Ralph Claypool, 1925, Frank McNally, center 1931, Ki Aldrich, 1939, Tom M o ynihan, 1932.
Buster Ramsey, 1948, and Bob Young, 1979 are our choices for First-
guards, both were consensus All-Pros. For the Second- team picked Ken Gray, 1964 (All-Pro), and Walt Kiesling, 1932. Kiesling was also All-Pro in 1930. team we
The list of
honorables Bill Fischer, 1952, Conrad Dobler, 1976, Joe Kuharich, 1941, Irv Goode, 1970, and Mike Iupati, 2015. are
Dan Dierdorf, 1976 (All-Pro), and Duke Slater, 1929 (All-NFL), are the tackles. Dierdorf didn't allow a sack and was the NFC Offensive Lineman of the Year. Their backups are Ernie McMillan, 1967, and Louis Sharpe, 1988.
The honorable mention tackles are Ken Panfil, 1959, and Bob Reynolds, 1969, Leonard Davis, 2006, and Jared Veldheer, 2015.
The kickers are Neil Rackers, 2005 (All-Pro), and Jim Bakken, 1975 (All-Pro), for the First-team and for the Second-team. As good as
was, compared to his peers, Rackers did lead the NFL in field goal percentage while Bakken was behind Tom Dempsey. Bakken
Pat Harder's 1947 is the lone honorable mention as a kicker.
Rich Camarillo, 1992 (All-Pro), takes the top
spot, narrowly over Jerry Norton, 1959 (40.8 net average). The honorable mentions are Jeff Feagles, 1995 (38.2 net), Dave Zastudil, 2012 (41.4 net), and Scott Player, 2000 (37.3 net). punting
For punt returner Patrick Peterson, 2011 (All-Pro, 15.9 average for 4
), is toucdowns and is ably backed by Ollie Matson, 1955 (18.8 average and 2 TDs on punt returns). top choice
The fine group of
is Vai Sikahema, 1986, Red Cochran, 1949, Jerry Davis, 1948, Billy Stacy, 1959, and Terry Metcalf, 1975. honorables
Ollie Matson, 1952, takes the top spot on the kick returner list and LaRod Stephens-Howling, 2010, is the Second-
. Matson had a 31.2 average and returned 2 kicks for scores. Stephens-Howling had a stat line of 57 returns for 1548 yards for a 27.2 average and 2 touchdowns. teamer
are Les Goble, 1954, and Terry Metcalf, 1974. honorables
Ron Wolfley, 1987, edges Justin Bethel, 2013 and Sean Morey, 2008.
was the NFL Alumni Special Teams Player of the Year and Bethel and Morey were Pro Bowlers. Niko Noga, 1984, and Garth Jax, 1990, deserve special mention. Wolfley
The nickel back spot is manned by Roy Green, 1981, and Aaron Francisco, 2008. The HMs are Kwamie Lassiter, 1998, Perry Smith, 1978, and Marcus Turner, 1990.
The designated rusher is Dwight Freeney, 2015 and Ron Yankowski, 1979. Bertrand Berry, 2009, Mark Smith, 1997
, and Justin Lucas, 2002 are the honorable mentions.
Larry Wilson, 1966 (Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pro, 10 picks, 2 for TDs) and Tyrann Mathieu, 2015 (All-Pro, 89 tackles, 5 picks), are the First- and Second-team free safeties.
The honorable mentions are Kerry Rhodes, 2010 (90 tackles, 4 picks, 4 FR, 2 were scoop and scores), and Kwamie Lassiter, 2001 (112 tackles, 9 INTs).
There is fierce competition for the strong safety position. We chose Tim McDonald, 1989 (Pro Bowl, 124 tackles, 7 INTs and a TD), and Adrian Wilson, 2006 (82 tackles, 5 sacks, 4 picks), for the First- and Second-team spots.
mentions are Jerry Norton, 1960 (All-Pro, 10 picks), Jerry Stoval, 1966 (Second-team All-Pro), Rashad Johnson, 2014 (101 tackles, 4 picks, 2 for scores), Leonard Smith, 1986 (Second-team All-Pro, 119 tackles, 5 sacks), and Pat Tillman, 2000 (Sports Illustrated All-Pro, 145 tackles). honorable
Aeneas Williams, 1995 (All-Pro, 62 tackles, 6 INTs, 2 TDs) and Night Train Lane, 1956 (All-Pro, 7 picks and a TD),
an incredibly deep position for the Cardinal franchise. head
Patrick Peterson, 2015 (All-Pro), and Roger Wehrli, 1976 (All-Pro), are the next-best. Peterson's 2011 and 2013 were close, as were the 1975 and 1977 seasons of Wehrli.
Pat Fischer, 1964 (All-Pro, 10 picks, 2 for TDs), Jimmy Hill, 1962, Miller Farr, 1970, Billy Stacy, 1961, Norm Thompson, 1975, Marshall Goldberg, 1941, and Robert Massey, 1992, merit HM. Ollie Matson's 1954 deserves to be in this group as well.
The middle/inside linebackers are E.J. Junior, 1984 (All-Pro, 118 tackles, 9.5 sacks), followed by Dale Meinert, 1964 (Second-team All-Pro). Junior actually moved positions in 1983, from outside to
often rushed from the outside accounting for his high sack totals. To be a Second-team All-Pro in 1964 in a league with Joe Schmidt, Ray Nitchke, Sam Huff and Bill George was quite a feat. We've not seen much film of Meinert in 1964 but in the 1960s, he made three pro Bowls and hung with some middle but greats of All-time,. ofthe
The HMs are Eric Hill, 1996 (131 tackles), Ronald McKinnon, 1998 (85 tackles and 5 picks), and money backer Deone Bucannon, 2015 (109 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 FF one pick six).
Daryl Washington, 2012 (134 tackles, 9 sacks), and Karlos Dansby, 2013 (Second-team All-Pro, 122 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 4 INT, 2 for TDs) take the top OLBer First-team slots. Both these players are hybrid-type backers, playing plenty on the inside in substitute defensive packages.
Ken Harvey, 1990 (99 tackles, 10 sacks), and Niko Noga, 1985 (74 tackles, 10 stuffs), and are the honorable mentions. Freddie Joe Nunn is a Second-team selection at defensive end but we also give him an honorable mention as an OLBer for his 1991 season when he had 63 tackles, 7 sacks, 7 stuffs and 6 forced fumbles. Nunn split his NFL time as a defensive end and as an outside linebacker.
The top two defensive tackles are Darnell Dockett, 2009 (Second-team All-Pro, 51 tackles, 7 sacks), and Eric Swann, 1995 (Pro Bowl, 53 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 8.5 stuffs).
The Second-team choices are Chuck Walker, 1967 (Second-team All-Pro, 13½ sacks) and Luke Owens, 1963 (Second-team All-NFL by NY Daily News, 11 sacks)
The deep group of honorable mentions Sam Silas, 1965 (Pro Bowl, 5 sacks), Bob Rowe, 1968 (Pro Bowl, 5½ sacks), Frank Fuller, 1959 (Second-team All-Pro), Jerry Groom, 1954 (Pro Bowl), David Galloway, 1983 (36 tackles, 12 sacks).
Mike Dawson, 1978 (94 tackles, 9 sacks 6.5 stuffs as a nose tackle). and
Simeon Rice, 1999 (Second-team All-Pro, 49 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 4 FF), and Curtis Greer, 1983 (42 tackles, 16 sacks), are our choices for First-team defensive ends. Greer was highly rated by Proscout, Inc, and in 1984 he had 14 sacks and was Second-team All-NFC)
The honorable mentions are Joe Robb, 1966 (Second-team All-Pro, 9½ sacks), Bertrand Berry, 2004 (Second-team All-Pro, 49 tackles, 14.5 sacks), Clyde Simmons, 1995 (54 tackles, 11 sacks, 6 FF and a pick six), Tom Wham, 1950 (Pro Bowl), Leo Sugar, 1961 (Second-team All-Pro), Al Baker, 1983 (57 tackles, 13.5 sacks), and Don Brumm, 1968 (Pro Bowl, 8 sacks).
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