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Bidwill recalls big moment for state, Cards

Posted by Darren Urban on February 13, 2012 – 10:42 am

With the state holding its celebration this weekend for 100 years of statehood, team president Michael Bidwill took part in a panel discussion downtown Saturday — along with former Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzalez and national collegiate wrestling champion from Arizona State Anthony Robles, and hosted by Republic columnist Dan Bickley — about their memories of some big sports moments they were part of in Arizona’s history.

For Bidwill, of course, it was the Super Bowl journey in the 2008 season. “The one thing I wanted to see, I wanted to see my father lift the George Halas Trophy over his head,” Bidwill said about the NFC title that emotional day in January of 2009, when the Cards had worked their way to a Super Bowl appearance. “To see us play the Eagles in the NFC Championship game in front of all of you here was something really special for me.”

Bidwill, who is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, also noted the impact of the passing of Prop 302 back in 2000, which not only helped build University of Phoenix Stadium — which is home not only for the Cards but a place to help the Fiesta Bowl keep BCS status — but also create Cactus League homes for baseball teams that might have otherwise fled the state. The stadium also has meant Super Bowls, as in plural, now that the 2015 game is coming back.

At one point during Bidwill’s speech, someone in the audience interrupted by bellowing, “We want Manning!” Bidwill chuckled, asked if someone had put the fan up to it, and moved on. Can’t say anything on that subject right now, not with Peyton Manning still under contract with the Colts.


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24 Responses to “Bidwill recalls big moment for state, Cards”

  1. By Zombiebond007 on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Better dream add-on for an NFL team this year. Peyton Manning and Randy Moss or Brett Favre and Lebron James? And I know the latter is impossible just couldn’t find many potential free agents that will be moving this off season with the wow factor or Manning to Moss… And do you think the cardinals have the stones to throw down some big money and bring those two in and become the instant front runner for an NFC crown?

  2. By Darren Urban on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    Zombie —

    RE: Stones

    I love how it’s a test of some kind of collective manhood whether they sign these guys, and somehow a weakness if they don’t.

    I wouldn’t want Moss regardless. He’s done in my opinion. And given Manning’s lack of arm strength, I still have to have it proven to me he’s not done.

  3. By D on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    No Manning for me, build around Kolb
    improve O line
    add a wr weapon
    get back r williams healthy
    add a pass rusher
    resign productive players
    draft youth to groom for future
    much easier than a Manning cap problem

  4. By Kofari on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    D u is rite it would be a easier than mannning cap problem but if the cards wont to get manning cards got to make some cuts We Need OT G WR ILB CB NT

  5. By Dave on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    I’m failrly shocked that no one is talking about Kolb’s all-ready short bu yet important history with concussion. Has anyone been paying attention how critical and careful, and rightfully so, the NFL is being with players who suffer concussions? To my knowledge, Kolb suffered a concussion withthe Eagles and two withthe Cards last year. Who knows ihow many or f he was concussed during his high school or college career. Chances are, being a college footbal player myself, Kolb definately suffered more concussions than we knwo about. Just saying……..

  6. By D on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    from the net;

    Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson tore his biceps muscle in training camp. At the time, there was some fear he would miss the season.

    Instead, he wound up playing more defensive snaps than any player in the NFL and made the Pro Bowl.

    Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune acquired NFL-generated playing time statistics, which revealed Wilson took the most snaps of any defensive player. (Saints offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod and Carl Nicks led offensive players with 1,152 snaps.)

    ADUB still has some years left in his body

  7. By SteveG on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    @D.

    Not sure of the cap issue you mentioned, but agree with most of your prescription for the future.

  8. By azfancolo on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    No Moss!!!!

  9. By Bryth on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    - Darren

    Im kinda off topic here but after hearing on ESPN that the quality of the Pats drafts over the last few years has not been good and they have been getting rid of a lot of the players they picked in the draft. Are there any stats for our draft quality? Not the grade on the draft itself, but more of a grade on how successful the draft picks have been during the season.

  10. By Darren Urban on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    Bryth —

    RE: Draft “quality”

    Well, there isn’t any one equation that would let you know that. You’d have to just look at the classes and go from there.

    http://www.azcardinals.com/history/all-time-draft.html

    Now, if you are talking about simple retention, well, I can quantify that. From the ’07 draft, the Cards right now have 1 of 5 picks left (Levi Brown). From ’08, still have 3 of 7 (Campbell, Doucet, Keith). From ’09, 4 of 8 (Beanie, Rashad Johnson, Toler, Hyphen). From ’10, 6 of 7 (Dan Williams, DWash, Roberts, Schofield, Skelton, Dray). They kept all 8 picks from 2011 so far.

  11. By Superfuzz on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    Yes Manning
    No Moss

  12. By joe67 on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    OMG!! Gimme a break!! MOSS??????????? Someone is joking, right??

  13. By Scott H on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    Only a few replies so far but glad to see people saying NO to Randy Moss. Heck, we got enough people going crazy over Peyton Manning right now…

  14. By azfancolo on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, is there not a new rule about franchise tags? Are teams only allowed to tag one player once or just one player in general for the year?

  15. By Darren Urban on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    azfancolo —

    RE: Franchise tag rules

    I’d have to look. There always was a rule you could only franchise tag one player a year.

  16. By Andy M on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Zombie: Gathering Moss rolls no stones.

  17. By jasonm on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    Heres what the scenerio is fellow cards fans kolb will maybe make it for a few games then get a little banged up and the coaching staff players and front office are going to hand the ball to our future John Skelton who will with a full productive offseason will win us into our first playoff birth in 3 YRS and a bright future as well.

  18. By jasonm on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    i know manning still has gas in the tank and it would be cool and we all know it ,but dosnt it suck to be the that team , instead of the team with the franchise guy for ten tor so years getting us in and out of playoffs and dare is ay a bowl , manning is like crack for us zona fans hate to admit it, but if warner came back wed take him too.

  19. By Javi on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    darren do you know if the cards will have jerseys with 100years on them?

  20. By cdubbbb on Feb 13, 2012 | Reply

    100% agree

  21. By Austin on Feb 14, 2012 | Reply

    We don’t need Manning. We have our QB of the future, wether it’s Kolb or Skelton. We need to focus on our O-line and a few other pieces here and there. We WILL regain the NFC West crown if we do that!

  22. By Darren Urban on Feb 14, 2012 | Reply

    Javi —

    RE: “100 years”

    I don’t expect so, no.

  23. By maham on Feb 14, 2012 | Reply

    @jasonm

    I agree – Kolb hasn’t been able to stay on the field yet, not here and not in Philly. Linehart had similar issues and look where he is now. I agree that Skelton is the future but not now; he needs to learn under Manning for 2-3 years.

    I don’t see why everyone is saying signing Manning would set the team back – it would be the complete opposite, it would give them just the right amount of time to groom Skelton.

  24. By bluepitt on Feb 14, 2012 | Reply

    D,
    It would take a sack to get manning…. Admit it!
    The sack is the gamble on his arm right now…….cant throw to the left and has power isues on the deep ball… It would take a sack to get him…. IDK if it is right or not, but mark my words Kolb is done next season. He just doesnt have it… Wish him the best but he cant go on, one more hit to the head and its over…

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