Today is the number 17 -- 17 days until the Arizona Cardinals start their regular season and a look at the history of No. 17. Unlike No. 18, 17 has at least one great player in its history.
Right now, speedy receiver and returner Reggie Dunn wears No. 17. He was one of the last players added to the training camp roster. He will likely not be on the roster with cuts next week.
In 2012 and 2013, it belonged to undrafted receiver LaRon Byrd. He made the team in 2012 after putting on a show in training camp. He was on injured reserve last season or he would have been cut.
In 2011, it was worn by receiver Chansi Stuckey. He signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals after the lockout after a 40-catch season in Cleveland. He only had four catches and more notably will be remembered for the drop he had in Washington when it looked like Kevin Kolb would drive the team down the field for a game-winning drive. He was released after the season was over.
Back in 2007, punter Mitch Berger wore 17. He was a late season signing after Mike Barr was not effective. He punted for five games.
Now for some fun quarterbacks.
From 1998-2001, quarterback Dave Brown wore 17. He was Jake Plummer backup for four years.
Before Brown, veteran QB Dave Krieg wore 17. He was one of the many, many quarterbacks to start for the Cardinals after Neil Lomax. He was 37 years old when he signed with Arizona. How did he do? He only led the league in interceptions and was sacked more than any other QB in the league. The Cardinals finished 4-12.
Another quarterback, Chris Chandler, wore 17 from 1991-93. He showed some promise in terms of QB play in 1992 when he started 13 games, but injuries derailed him. Of course, he would turn out to be decent later on in his career. He would go the the Pro Bowl twice while playing for the Falcons and he led Atlanta to the Super Bowl after the 1998 season, losing to the Broncos in John Elway's final NFL game.
Kicker Al Del Greco wore it from 1987-90. He wasn't very good here. His career field goal percentage was 77.3. In his time in Arizona, he made less than 65 percent of his field goals. Of course, after he left for Houston, he suddenly became good and kicked for the Oiler/Tennessee Titans for 10 years.
Before we go to the list of guys from before, we need to remember the greatest No. 17 -- quarterback Jim Hart. He was the Cardinals' starting quarterback for 15 years until he gave way to Neil Lomax. He threw for almost 35,000 yards for the Cardinals and more than 200 touchdowns. He is the team's all-time leading passer and is not in the team's Ring of Honor. He made the Pro Bowl four straight seasons from 1974-77. He wore 17 from 1967-83.
Now the rest:
1987 -- Jason Staurovsky
1986 -- Evan Arapostathis
1958-59 -- M.C. Reynolds
1956 -- Jim Root (a relative perhaps?)
1955 -- Ogden Compton
1951 -- Lindy Lauro
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