The 40s continue to be somewhat uneventful in terms of history as a uniform for the Cardinals. There are 47 days remaining until the team's regular season opener and we look at jersey No. 47.
We have some hope for the number moving forward. It now belongs to fifth round pick Shaq Riddick. He gives the Cards a guy who could be a stereotypical speed rusher off the edge. He is raw, having played one year of big time college ball and playing linebacker for the first time.
Before Riddick, there isn't a whole lot.
There is a guy we love to hate as Cardinals fans -- Aaron Francisco.
He was with the team from 2005-2008, making the team as an undrafted free agent out of BYU. He played some decent special teams and got some looks on defense in sub packages. But he will be forever remembered for being the guy closest to Santonio Holmes when he made that "catch" in the Super Bowl to beat the Cardinals. It wasn't his assignment, per se, but he is in the photo of Holmes hauling it in, so he gets the blame.
The truth is he did play a big role in that drive. Just a couple of plays before, he slipped on the turf, allowing Holmes to run for a bunch of yards and get inside the 10-yard line, setting up the winning catch. Holmes found a soft spot in the zone and made the catch, but ran for a long time because Francisco lost his footing.
One player to remember is cornerback Cedric Mack. He played eight seasons for the Cards, split between St. Louis and Phoenix. He was a second round pick of the Cards and started 87 games of the 140 he played. He intercepted 20 passes in his time with the Cards. Four of them came in 1986 and another four were in 1989.
That's about it in terms of impact. Francisco helped lose the Super Bowl. Mack was decent on terrible teams. Then there are a bunch of guys. See the full list here.