Today is 38 days away form the regular season opener for the Arizona Cardinals in 2014.
What is the history of No. 38 for the Cardinals? It isn't a long list of players.
The number belongs now to running back Andre Ellington. He had a dynamic rookie year and now is expected to get 20+ touches a game. 1500 yards from scrimmage doesn't seem like it is a crazy prediction.
Back in 2011, two players wore 38. One was safety Andrew Rich. He was an undrafted safety out of BYU who started training camp and was doing fine, but decided to give up football and pursue a career elsewhere. Cornerback Fred Bennett also wore it in training camp. He was part of final cuts.
Before that, you have to go back to 1997, when Kenny Harris wore it. He played 11 games as an undrafted rookie.
Before that, from 1989-1993, it belonged to safety Michael Zordich. He started for two and a half seasons before new head coach Buddy Ryan didn't want him back in 1994. He was a solid player. In five seasons with the Cardinals, he intercepted seven passes and had 289 tackles.
In 1987, DB Mark Mathis wore it. He played in two games, starting one and picked off a pass.
From 1976-85, it was worn by Lee Nelson, who started his career playing cornerback and ended playing safety. He was a full-time starter for three season and started games in eight of 10 years.
In 1974, DB Hurles Scales wore it in seven games.
Fullback Leon Burns wore it in 1972 and RB/DB Bill Triplett wore it 1962-66.
There you have it! Anyone on the list you remember?
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