BigRedBilly did a more than admirable job at filling in for me for the last week while I was away neglecting the site. But I am am back and we are now at 63 days until the Arizona Cardinals have their 2015 regular season opener.
That means we look at No. 63.
Right now there is no player who wears No. 63. It has been worn by a few players of note. Most recently, it was the number worn by center Lyle Sendlein, a captain of the team multiple seasons, a local product and starter from 2008-2014. He made the team as an undrafted rookie and should be viewed as the great success story of former offensive line coach Russ Grimm. He was cut in the offseason and has not signed with anyone. The Cardinals have said they are open to his return to compete for a job, but it looks unlikely now.
Another notable player was defensive lineman Michael Bankston, who donned 63 from 1992-1997. He played six seasons for Arizona after being drafted in the fourth round in 1992 by the then Phoenix Cardinals. He had seven sacks in 1994 on a defensive line with Eric Swann and Clyde Simmon, who also had seven and six sacks, respectively.
The player with the longest tenure wearing No. 63 was guard Tootie Robbins, who wore it from 1982-1991. He started 121 games in 10 seasons for the St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals.
Who was your favorite No. 63? You can find a comprehensive list since 1950 here.
Are there any other No. 63 memories you can share?