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80s Week: What stood out in the 80s for the Arizona/Phoenix/St. Louis Cardinals?

We are joining SB Nation for 80s week.


It is 80s Week over at I shared a video earlier in the week about some of the NFL trends to remember from that decade.

The 80s brought us the original Tecmo Bowl, which then led to the greatest video game of all time -- Tecmo Super Bowl (although that came in 1991).

But what about the Arizona Cardinals? What are some moments, events or achievements that are worth remembering from the 1980s?

1981: This was the year that the team drafted quarterback Neil Lomax and transitioned from the great Jim Hart to the young Lomax. Safety Ken Greene picked off seven passes and Ottis Anderson rushed for over 1300 yards.

1982: The Cardinals made the playoffs! Too bad it was a strike-shortened year and they were only 5-4 and got waxed by the Green Bay Packers 41-16 in the wild card game.

1983: The team set the team record for sacks in a season with 58. Three players had at least 10 sacks -- Curtis Greer with 16, Al Baker with 13 and David Galloway with 12.

1982-84: The Cardinals had three straight winning seasons. They went 5-4, 8-7-1 and 9-7. The team has not done it since. The only other time since 1984 that the team had consecutive winning seasons was 2008 and 2009. They have a chance to do it again in 2014.

1984: Receiver Roy Green leads the NFL in receiving yardage with 1555...on only 78 receptions!

1986: Vai Sikahema returns two punts for touchdowns. Sikahema grew up in Mesa, Arizona.

1988: The team moves to Phoenix! The NFL comes to Arizona. Neil Lomax suffers a career-ending hip injury.

1989: The team drafts Timm Rosenbach in the supplemental draft, hoping he becomes the franchise QB