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2015 NFL countdown: 15 days until kickoff and Cardinals jersey No. 15

There was a good one with this number.

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We are just 15 days away from the start of the 2015 regular season for the Arizona Cardinals. Just over two weeks away. Finally.

So we look at jersey No. 15 and who has worn it.

Receiver Michael Floyd has worn it since he was drafted in 2012. Steve Breaston wore it when he was here.

But if we are talking about No. 15, the man who deserves the most attention is Neil Lomax. He was drafted in the second round in 1981 and took over the starting quarterback from Jim Hart in 1982. He would start for seven seasons, go to two Pro Bowls and lead the league in passing attempts, completions and yards in 1987.

Unfortunately, when the Cardinals were 7-4 in 1988, the team's first season in Arizona, he injured his hip. With Cliff Stoudt starting in his place, the Cards lost their next three games. Lomax returned for the final two games and lost those as well, so the playoffs were lost and Lomax never played another down in the NFL.

One of the highlights of the 1988 season included a win over the San Francisco 49ers, who would become the World Chapmions. They were behind 23-0 and rallied back. Here are the last two minutes of that game with Lomax. Listen to the crowd there at Sun Devil Stadium. Wow!

That injury began the sad procession of quarterbacks that would see a glimpse of hope with Jake Plummer and then not again until Kurt Warner.

I never saw him play myself, but I know the impact his injury had on the franchise.

Do you have any other 15 memories? The full list is here.