As we get closer to the month mark until the start of the Arizona Cardinals regular season, we now touch on a number with some significance. We look at uniform No. 37 as there are that many days left until the Cards open the season at home against the New Orleans Saints.
No. 37 has a new face. It is now worn by cornerback Shaquille Richardson, a product if the University of Arizona who was signed just before the start of training camp. We;ll see what the future has in store for him with regards to the roster.
Before Richardson, we have had guys like Yeremiah Bell and Sean Considine, but when Cardinals fans think of No. 37, Larry Centers comes to mind.
Centers, who wore 37 from 1990-1998 was one of the few reasons you watched the Cardinals in the dismal 90s. Drafted in the fifth round, he was listed as a fullback.
He returned kicks some at the start of his career, but he made a name for himself as a pass catcher and was the biggest offensive weapon the team had for a while. He caught 50, then 66, then 77, then 101 and then 99 passed from 1992-1996. The 101 catches set a record at the time for receptions by anyone other than a receiver. It has since been broken.
He was a Pro Bowler in 1995 and 1996 as a Cardinal and was a member of the 1998 playoff team. That would be his final season with the team. He was cut as a salary cap move and the heart and soul of the Cardinals offense was gone.
Unfortunately, he is still not a member of the Ring of Honor, though most fans would say he deserves it.
Pat Fischer was another worthy 37. A cornerback, he was an All-Pro in St. Louis in 1964 and a Pro Bowler that season and 1965. He was a Cardinal until 1967 and then played 10 more years for the Redskins.
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