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2014 NFL countdown: 27 days left and the history of No. 27 for the Cardinals

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Another day, another number.

Norm Hall

The Arizona Cardinals are now 27 days away from the beginning of their regulars season opener.

What is the history of No. 27?

It's not spectacular.

It is now worn by safety Curtis Taylor. He spent last season on the practice squad. He previously played in San Francisco and was a solid special teams guy. He is a longshot to make the roster.

Before Taylor, is was worn my Michael Adams...Money Mike. He was with the team from 2007-2012. He made the team as an undrafted rookie in 2007 and made a nice niche for himself on special teams and as a nickel or dime cornerback. Always a longshot to make the roster, he always did and was a staple on the Ken Whisenhunt teams. At 5-8, 178, he played with a chip on his shoulder and was always a solid tackler.

From 2004-06, it belonged to cornerback David Macklin. Signed as a free agent from Indianapolis, he started for two seasons and started seven games for his final season in Arizona. He was very solid in 2004, deflecting 16 passes, picking off four and collecting 74 tackles.

In 2002, it was worn by DB Nijrell Eason. I don't remember him. He appeared in one game that year.

Cornerback Ty Howard wore 27 in 1998. He had worn 29 in 1997, when he was drafted in the third round by the Cardinals. He played in 24 games, starting two over two seasons and intercepted one pass. Nothing memorable.

From 1995-97, cornerback Tito Paul had 27. The Cards drafted him in the fifth round in 1995 out of Ohio State. He appeared in 31 games, starting seven, over three years. He had one interception.

Safety Chris Oldham wore it in 1993-94.

Cornerback Jay Taylor had 27 from 1989-91. Originally a sixth round pick, he bounced from backup to starter to backup. His one season starting all year, in 1990, he picked off three passes. He is immortalized as a starter on Tecmo Super Bowl. He still will appear on local TV as a football analyst.

The rest:

1987 -- DBs Gregg Johnson and Tony Mayes

1977-82 -- CB Carl Allen (the best of the group -- 16 INTs over six seasons, including six in 1978)

1973-76 -- Eddie Moss

1966-72 -- Roy Shivers

Are there any player who you remember?