Jess had posted this earlier today. I don't know what happened to his list, but I loved the idea and spent half my day at work revising my list.
1. Terry Metcalf--Drafted by the Cards in 1973 when I was 8 years old. He imediately became the most exciting player in the NFL. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY., all the other kids on the block were either Cowboy or Giants fans and the Cards played on TV and on Monday night, so I got to see them play. He is the reason I have been a life long Cardinal fan. (mostly tortured).
2.Larry Fitzgerald--The best WR in the league. He had the best post season ever in '08 and made the greatest play in the history of NFL in the Superbowl. (this would be recognized as soon as someone in the NFL offices realizes Santonio Holmes still hasn't put his right foot down in the endzone).
3. Kurt Warner--He took us to the Superbowl
4. Coach Whiz--"
5. Tim Hightower. Despite his fumbling problems, he was the lone bright spot in the playoffs in '09 vs the Saints. He converted a 4th down and scored the winning TD (with fantastic effort) to get us into the Superbowl.
6. Jake Plumber--Great comebacks. was always exciting. Kept us in games and won a playoff game (1st of my lifetime) against the Cowboys.
7. Vince Tobin/Dave McGuiness--Coach and DC of the '98 team that beat the Cowboys 20-7 in the playoffs. It was the most dominating defensive game I've ever seen (better than the 85 Bears & better than the 6 TO's against the Panthers in '08). I think they forced 11 straight 3 & outs. It's a shame I don't have a VCR anymore to watch the tape.
8. OJ Anderson--was the best player on a lot of crappy teams thru the 80's
9. Neil Lomax/Roy Grteen--such a great combo. Both were great players, it's hard for me to seperate and choose just one.
10. Jackie Smith--although he played most of his Hall of Fame career with the Cards, the only real memory I have of him is...dropping that pass in the Superbowl which "potentially" cost the Cowboys a SB win. That's good enough in my book to make him an alltime great Card.
Honorable mention...Stump Mitchell/Tim Rosenbaugh /Aneus Williams/ Pat Tillman (not si much as a player--but as a leader).
10 least favorite
1. Anquan Boldin--Q was originally on my favorites list. I picked him as rookie sleeper in my fantasy league and he helped win me a lot of money that year. He was the best player and good guy on crappy teams for years, BUT...his bad attitude about not getting a big extension was his own fault, not the teams. He was offered a contract before Fitz (and before his was up)--he declined. He should understand the economics of the game better than the fans and know that once Fitz signed as the #1 guy--he would have to accept #2 pay and status. His fight during the final drive of the of the Championship game wasn't a big deal, but his disappearance and refusal to celebrate the win was. (I can only assume, he was jealous of Fitz' success that game and his benching during that drive). But--his lack of hustle on the Harrisson interception clinched it. He lined up wrong and pouted in the endzone after the pick while lineman were running past midfield chasing and Fitz finally caught him too late. He went from favorite to hated.
2. Aaron Fransisco. he fell down allowing Holmes to go from the 47 to the 6.
3.Buddy Ryan--took an exciting and decent offense and gutted it to get Clyde Simmons and Seth Joyner. Good defense but cost a chance at the playoffs because of his refusal to accept that the other parts of the game count too.
4.Gary Hogeboom. Terry Bradshaw once said during a game, "he must be the best practice QB everbecause teams keep letting him play. But when he's in a game, he's just awful".
5.Thomas Jones--Terrible as a Card--pretty good with everyone else.
6. Garrison Hurst---same thing
7. Simeon Rice--If your unhappy and want more $$$, fine. But the team can suck without you just as much with you.
F U A-Hole
8. Derek Anderson -- really , it's not his fault...he just sucks. I better not tweet that though, because he night be better than me.(maybe).
9. .Andre Wadsworth--I really wish he didn't hold out so long. He got hurt right away and didn't do anything except cost the Cards $$$ and suck.
10. Daryl Boston--had 1 really great season and then disappeared from everywhere except the weight room.
I know this was a long post. I hope you liked my reasoning. Let me know what you think about my choices.