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2014 NFL countdown: 8 days till kickoff and the Cardinals storied history of No. 8

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Perhaps the greatest Cardinal ever to play is featured today.

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Today we focus on a very special number. It is No. 8, which is one of the numbers that the Arizona Cardinals have retired. It is retired because of Larry Wilson.

Two other players wore No. 8 before Wilson. From 1950-52, it was quarterback Frank Tripucka. Then from 1954-58 it belonged to another QB -- Lamar McHan.

Then it was Wilson from 1960-72.

Wilson is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler. He was a five-time All-Pro. He intercepted 52 passes in his career, including 10 in 1966. He scored seven defensive touchdowns and also collected a safety.

In a very well-written FanPost, BigRedBilly calls Wilson "the greatest Cardinal to ever snap on a chin-strap."

The feature goes into detail as to why he is the greatest ever. It is hard to say otherwise.

Wilson was also general manager after his career from 1977-1993. He was a team vice-president from 1988 until he retired in 2002.

Eight days left until the Cardinals start the regular season. Number eight is a good one.