The common theme for the Cardinals is that they are trying to repeat the run they made a season ago.
But what about the players that didn’t make that run?
Running back Jason Wright wasn’t with the team a year ago, languishing in Cleveland before signing with the Cards as a free agent. Linebacker Clark Haggans was with the team, but didn’t play down the stretch in the regular season or the postseason because he was sent to injured reserve with a foot injury.
“It ate at me day after day to see them flying around and I was just hanging around, hanging out, injured and in a cage, basically,” Haggans said.
At least Haggans had had plenty of previous playoff experience with the Steelers, winning a Super Bowl after the 2005 season. Wright was with the Falcons in 2004 when they beat St. Louis in the divisional round and then lost to Philadelphia in the NFC Championship. But he wasn’t playing – he appeared in just two games that season – so he’d rather think this is his first go-round.
“Does not count at all,” Wright said of that 2004 playoff. “I used to try and claim it early in my career, oh yeah, in the NFC Championship. Yeah right. I was on the active roster but didn’t dress for the game. No pressure. Knew I wasn’t going to play.”
That’s not a problem for Wright these days.
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