There are now 25 days left until the Arizona Cardinals play their first regular season game.
What does that mean? Of course it means looking at the history of No. 25.
The number belongs to cornerback Jerraud Powers right now. He got a lot of praise in training camp last year and again is getting it this year. He had some very good games and a few not so great games in 2013. He will be the team's primary nickel corner until Tyrann Mathieu returns.
Before Powers, it belonged to safety Kerry Rhodes, who was pretty solid. Acquired via trade after the 2009 season, he arguably should have gone to the Pro Bowl in 2010. He was limited by a broken foot in 2011 to seven games. In 2012, he played very well, but was released after the season when he would not take a paycut. Strangely, he has yet to sign with any team since.
Before Rhodes, it was the number that Bryant McFadden wore in 2009. He was a former Steeler who signed a three-year deal. He was inconsistent and picked on a lot as "the guy opposite DRC." He was released after one season and returned to the Steelers.
Cornerback Eric Green wore 25 from 2005-08. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round out of Virginia Tech. He bounced in and out of the starting lineup, but was a full-time starter in 2007. In four seasons, he had two interceptions and 167 tackles.
Safety Ifeanyi Ohalete wore it in 2004. He was claimed off waivers from the Redskins in training camp and started 13 games. He did not intercept any passes, but had 70 tackles from the free safety position.
Jason Goss wore it in 2003. He appeared in four games.
Cornerback Corey Chavous was No. 25 from 1998-2001. He was a second round pick by the Cardinals and struggled for most of the four seasons he was here. He left via free agency and signed with the Vikings. He was moved to safety and had a long, successful career, playing eight more seasons as a starter in the league and making the Pro Bowl in 2003 when he intercepted eight passes.
Carlos Brooks wore it in 1995, appearing in seven games.
I'm going out of order to mention a couple of greats and then will list the rest of the guys.
Roy Green wore 25 to start his career from 1979-81. He started as a defensive back and return specialist before becoming a dynamic receiver. He returned a kick 106 yards for a touchdown, which was a record at the time.
Kicker Jim Bakken, a Cardinals great, wore 25 from 1962-78. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All Pro. He made 474 field goals over his career with the Cardinals. He probably should be in the Ring of Honor. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame 1960s All-Pro Team and on the second team for the 1970s.
For three seasons, it belonged to DB/HB Jerry Norton. He picked off 10 passes in 1960 and made the Pro Bowl in two of his seasons on the team.
Here are the rest:
1994 -- Fred McAfee
1992-93 -- Eric Blount
1990 -- Stanley Blair
1988-89 -- Roland Mitchell
1987 -- Ken Sims
1958 -- Dick Nolan
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