43 wasn't much to write home about. 42 has one impact player. One.
Right now, undrafted rookie running back Damien Thigpen wears 42. He's small and fast and is the last back on the roster right now.
In 2011, running back Charles Ali wore it in the preseason. He didn't make the team.
Safety Terrance Holt wore it in 2007. He was not a great move. He was signed to a five-year free agent contract after five seasons with the Lions. He started 15 games in Arizona, but didn't do much. They promptly released him after the season.
Fullback James Hodgins had 42 from 2003-05. After a decent 2003 (for a fullback), he spent all of 2004 on injured reserve and then, after playing one game in 2005, ended up on injured reserve again.
The best of No. 42 was safety Kwamie Lassiter, who played for Arizona, originally making the team as an undrafted rookie, from 1995-2002. He became a regular starter in 1998, starting six games that season, but oh what a season he had as a part time starter. He intercepted eight passes. From 1999 and on, he was a 100-tackle player and then, in 2001, had nine interceptions to go along with 102 tackles. He didn't make the Pro Bowl, but he was one of the most productive players in the secondary that Arizona has seen.
Safety John Booty wore it in 1993. He picked off two passes, had three sacks and 75 tackles.
Cornerback Steve Lofton wore it in 1991, playing two more seasons for the Cardinals wearing 28.
And the guys before Arizona...none that were much of an impact at all.
1987 -- DB John Preston
1985-86 -- DB Bobby Johnson
1984 -- DB Bill Whitaker
1981-82 -- DB Herb Williams
1973 -- S Chuck Detwiler
1972 -- WR Bob Wicks
1968-69 -- CB Lonnie Sanders
1965-66 -- CB Abe Woodson
1950-53 -- DE Bob Dove
There you go. It's an uninspiring group other than Lassiter, but boy was he good.
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