Countdown to kickoff: 79 days left, what Cardinals have worn No. 79?

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

You know the drill.

With 79 days remaining until the first regular season games, we move to jersey number 79 and who has worn it.

Today, it is offensive lineman Bradley Sowell.

Before Sowell, defensive lineman David Carter wore it in 2011 and 2012. He was a late round pick by the Cards and he contributed right away at DT. He did not, though, improve on that and pplayed only one more year, sparingly.

Jake Vermiglio, a guard, wore it briefly in 2011.

Defensive end Jason Banks wore it for one game in 2009 and got a sack.

Offensive lineman Oliver Ross wore it from 2005-2007. He came over from the Steelers and was the team's starting right tackle. He missed all of 2007 with an injury, which led to Levi Brown starting that year as a rookie.

In 2003, first round pick Calvin Pace wore it. It was the only year he wore it before switching to 97. He was one of two first rounders in 2003 for Arizona, as they traded down, not taking Terrell Suggs. He was a diappointment until he was converted to outside linebacker from defensive end. IN his rookie year, he played and started 16 games, getting one sack and 25 tackles. Not great,.

In 2001, it belonged to Mario Fatafehi. He was the team's fifth round pick that year, He played in seven games and made four tackles. It wa sthe only year he played for the Cardinals.

Tackle Jon Clark wore 79 in 1998 and 1999. He appeared in eight games those two season for the Cards.

Simeon Rice wore it his rookie year before switching to 97. In that rookie year, he picked up 12.5 sacks in 1996. He would pick up over 50 sacks in five seasons and call the team "the armpit of the NFL." He did not endear himself to fans at all and went on to have a fine career with the Buccaneers.

Center Ed Cunningham wore 79 in 1994 and 1995. He was the team's starting center. If I recall, he followed Derek Kennard as the starting center.

Defensive tackle Keith Rucker wore it 1992 and 1993. He was an undrafted free agent. He played in 30 games in two seasons, starting 20. He had two sacks and 84 tackles.

Defensive lineman Bob Clasby wore 79 from 1986-90. In five seasons, he played 49 games, collected 14.5 sacks and an interception.

Before that...

1987 -- DE Gary Dulin

1982 -- DE Bruce Thornton

1981 -- DT Bruce Radford

1979 -- DE Jim Ramey

1974-78 -- DL Bob Bell

1973 -- DT Bonnie Sloan

1964-72 -- DL Chuck Walker

1960-62 -- K/DL/G Gerry Perry

This is not a fantastic group. Simeon Rice was the best I know of. Any memories of these players?

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