Hall calling Cards

Posted by Darren Urban on December 10, 2009 – 7:38 pm

The semifinalists for the upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame class were recently announced, and the Cards had some significant representation. Longtime cornerback Aeneas Williams, the first legitimate Hall-worthy guy to play the majority of his career with the Cards after the team moved to Arizona, is eligible for the first time. Assistant head coach Russ Grimm, who has been a semifinalist for a few years now after his stellar career as an offensive lineman for the Redskins, is there again. And this is the first year of eligibility for running back Emmitt Smith, who of course finished out his career as a Cardinal in 2003 and 2004.

Smith will make the Hall this year. Williams and Grimm are deserving, but because of the limited amount of spots, may have to wait. Grimm always downplays this point — he has again this year — and says he’ll worry about it when and if it happens. Williams should get there, although he will be working against the teams he played with, which often left him far from the media spotlight and the playoffs.

The whittling down of the semifinalists (25) to finalists to the actual class (of up to 7) will happen on the day before the Super Bowl in February.

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11 Responses to “Hall calling Cards”

  1. By Big Red on Dec 10, 2009 | Reply

    Williams Yes, he’s a true Cardinal. Grimm Yes, he’s done a great job as a Cardinal coach. smith no, we know his heart is a cowgirl, and as far as I’m concern he can stay with his girls. True Cardinal Fans don’t consider him a Cardinal, he just came in to make more yardage for his career.

  2. By azcardsfan22 on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    Williams was the best all around corner in my lifetime that I saw play….Yes I saw Deion play in my eyes Williams was better tackler..and team player…Remember who stopped Mike Irvin’s consective reception streak Williams…ask Irvin who he thought was better

  3. By Scott Z Brady on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    Aeneas would be a first ballot Hall of Famer if he played in NY. That he probably won’t make it his first year is stupid, and typical NY bias.

    I, for one, am sick of it.

  4. By K-DUB on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    Emmitt Smith was NEVER a Cardinal and fans will NEVER remember him as a Cardinal.

  5. By chem dawg on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    darn skippy k-dub. emmit was just a cowpie novelty we helped out. when it looked like no one wanted the played-out smith……cardinals scooped him up 4 ticket sales.
    aeneas williams was one of my favorite cardinals for a long time, he was a true professional an plus he could shut down one side of the field in coverage. he would always play big vs. the top wr’s. a true shut down corner.
    congradulations aeneas williams, you deserve it.

  6. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    I’m still liking the older, more simplified uniforms. I wish the team would keep the new bird logo on the helmets, but switch back to the classic tops and bottoms like Aeneas is wearing in the photo above. Among the most dignified and classy uniforms of all time. Hopefully someday, but not now. Too much of a good thing going with the new uniforms since they were introduced a few years ago (Coach Whiz’s first year?).

  7. By Ottis Anderson on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    If I ever get elected to the Hall, should I go in as a Cardinal or a Giant?

  8. By Big Red on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    Ottis, just dress up as a big giant bird in RED. That’ll do it, no big deal.

  9. By Patrick on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply


  10. By Dave M on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    Ottis fan, the new uniforms came out in 05′ and I’m ready to see a throwback game at least. The old uniforms needed to go, but somethimes I miss them, kinda like a bad ex girlfriend….

  11. By shannon robinson on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    Ottis – after running behind Deirdorf you’re in doubt? – always a Card first, i believe. You’re one of the all time greats so step into the Hall.

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