With 58 days remaining in our wait for the start of meaningful football, we look at Cardinals jersey No. 58.
It has had some pretty good players.
Let's start with the current No. 58. Technically no player on the roster wears No. 58 because the man who would wear it is linebacker Daryl Washington. Washington is currently suspended and is not technically on the roster. He is a touchy subject for Cards fans because he is really, really good on the field, but has done some really, really dumb things. He is waiting for the league's ruling on his application for reinstatement after having been suspended for the last 13 1/2 months for violations of the league's substance abuse policy. He previously was suspended four games in 2013 as well. Plus, if he is reinstated, he is likely to receive a suspension for his domestic violence incident from two years ago. He has had No. 58 since 2010, when he was drafted in the second round.
The linebacker Washington replaced, who left in free agency that offseason, was Karlos Dansby. He wore No. 58 from 2004-09. Dansby was a fantastic player, making all sorts of plays in space. He was a very important piece of the two playoff teams a few seasons ago. He returned in 2013 for one season, but wore No. 56. As good as he has been, he has yet to make the Pro Bowl. Statistically, he has been one of the best linebackers we have seen in a while, and you can ask him. He will tell you all about it.
From 1989-1997, No. 58 belonged to another impact linebacker -- Eric Hill. He was the 10th overall pick in 1989 and was a very productive player on some terrible teams. He was a tackling machine, averaging almost 104 per season for the nine years he was with the team. He unfortunately missed the playoff team by one year. As solid as he was, he never was honored with any postseason awards of any sort -- no Pro Bowls or All-Pro mentions or anything.
The previously mentioned Freddie Joe Nunn wore 58 for a season his rookie year, before swapping to 50 and then 78, the number he wore when he was at his best.
This has been a number with some pretty good history. There have been others to wear it. Do you have any memories of any of them? Check this list to see who they are.
Tell us your memories of players with No. 58.
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