We are now at 52 days remaining before the start of the regular season for the Arizona Cardinals.
What do we know about jersey No. 52?
Overall, the history is not too impressive.
Right now, it is worn by linebacker Ernie Sims, whom the Cardinals signed in the offseason. He has not impressed much yet and has been mostly disappointing in his career.
Last season, it belonged to linebacker Jasper Brinkley. The Cardinals signed him to a two-year contract last offseason and he was the starter for the first four games while Daryl Washington was suspended. He was relegated to special teams after that. He returned to the Minnesota Vikings, where he played before coming to the Cardinals.
In 2011, Stew Bradley wore it for one season. He was mentioned in No. 55, but he is one of the biggest free agent busts the Cardinals have had, although no one really knows why. he looked good on the field when we saw him, but DC Ray Horton clearly did not like what he saw in practice or he just didn't fit.
In 2010, it was worn by Cyril Obiozor. He played in six games. He was an intriguing former undrafted player who had pass rushing potential. It never happened.
Linebacker Monty Beisel wore it from 2006-09. He was a solid backup and special teamer.
It belonged to linebacker Lance Mitchell in 2005. He played in 12 games after being drafted in the fifth round. He had eight tackles in one season and didn't play in the league again.
In 2002-03, it was worn by linebacker Levar Fisher. He was a Cards second round pick in 2002 and played in seven games that season. He was a starter the next year and had 58 tackles and a sack. Knee problems ended his career.
From 1998-2001, 52 was worn by linebacker Zack Walz. He was drafted in the sixth round and struggled with injuries. He was close friends with Pat Tillman.
In 1997, it was worn by Mike Caldwell, who is now on the Cards coaching staff. That season, in a backup role, he had two sacks.
Linebacker Wesley Leasy wore it in 1995-96. He did not log any stats other than 28 games.
In 1993, it was linebacker Brett Wallerstedt. I remember the name, but not the player. He was drafted by the Cards in the sixth round and played in seven games his rookie year. He didn't play for the Cards after that, as Buddy Ryan replaced Joe Bugel as head coach, and Wallerstedt played three more years in the league for the Bengals and Rams.
Linebacker Jessie Small wore 52 in 1992 for the Cards. After three years with the Eagles he joined the team for his last season in the league. He played in six games and recovered a fumble. Smalls is listed as a plaintiff against the league in the concussion lawsuit.
The Cards got eight games in 1990 out of linebacker Chris Washington, who wore 52. He did nothing. He had played five years previously for the Tampa Bay Bucs, where he had 17.5 sacks.
The earliest of the Arizona players was linebacker Randy Kirk in 1989, who also wore 52. He played six games that season. He actually returned for two years in 1994 and 1995, wearing 57, when he played two full seasons, but had no stats.
Here are the rest from the pre-Arizona days. There is no one special in the group.
1987 -- LB Jimmie Carter
1980-87 -- LB Charles Baker
1979 -- LB Sean Clancy
1978 -- LB Greg Westbrooks
1976 -- LB Mike McDonald, LB Mike McGraw
1973-74 -- LB Jack LeVeck
1971 -- LB Rick Ogle
1966-67 -- T/DT/G Dave O'Brien
1962-65 -- LB Marion Rushing
As you can tell, there is no one really to impact the franchise. Will it be Ernie Sims? Doubt it. Do you remember any of these players?
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