Cards name their captains

Posted by Darren Urban on September 5, 2012 – 4:01 pm

The Cardinals officially named their team captains today. Offensively, it is Larry Fitzgerald and Lyle Sendlein. Defensively, it’s Paris Lenon and Adrian Wilson. For special teams, however, it’s a couple of new names: Reggie Walker and Anthony Sherman (pictured below).

The first four aren’t surprises. All four were captains last year too. Walker has been good on special teams for a couple of years, and it’s interesting he gets the nod as a captain now after he stood out as a linebacker in preseason. Sherman is only in his second year, but like former Cardinals fullback/special teams Pro Bowler Ron Wolfley, it’s like he was born to play in what Wolfley likes to call “the transition game.”

“It shows he has put in a lot of hard work,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “When you are a fullback you have a limited amount of work in today’s NFL. You’ve got to understand what is important, and being a special teams guy is part of that. He has impressed enough of his teammates that he was named captain in his second year, and that’s one of the reasons we were excited about getting him in the draft.”


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34 Responses to “Cards name their captains”

  1. By Eric Hutchins on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb should have been a captain!

    Sorry Darren (I couldn’t resist!)

  2. By Tony on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go Shermanater! What a great fullback, can’t wait to see some receptions from him this year.

  3. By chad on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Wait I am sorry but this is a surprise to me; at least, “Lenon”, really? Two name’s, need I say no more: “Dockett”, “Washington”? Really! Lenon? ha…

    A coach may put a “C” on someone but that doesn’t mean that they are the real leader…

    I do not agree; they may be the two with the green sticker on the hard hats but the “C” should be on Dockett over Lenon, sorry but that’s crazy…

  4. By Darren Urban on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Chad —

    RE: Captains

    The players vote on it.

  5. By Derrick Haskan on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Skelton should have been captain sorry urban had to throw that one in there too.

  6. By Patrick Eagan on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    derrick haskan…. no way should john skelton be the captain. This is his first year as the starter.

  7. By Cynicalogre on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Good job Lennon. It’s sad so many fans berate him because of his age. He has been one of the most consistant players on the team for the last couple of years. I understand wanting younger better players, but don’t condem him till he is unable to do his job. From what I have read about him he is also good in the locker room.

  8. By scubasteve12 on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Eric- oh yea that was so funny

  9. By Mac on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    I played with Paris Lenon in college, and I can honestly say, that I have never seen offensive players get so rapaciously worked on a regular basis in any period during my athletic life.

    Beast. Leader. Captain.

  10. By Doc on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    I coached Paris in high school and he is absolutely the consummate professional on and off the field. Additionally, in every situation including, but not limited to: high school, college and the NFL, he has been recognized as a real leader. My son idolizes him but not to be attributed only to his year in and year out outstanding and consistent performances, but primarily due to his integrity, work ethic and down to earth attitude. Not to mention his coaches frequently refer to him as a solid, tough, consistent and highly cerebral pro.

    By the way, the players selected him. “Real leader”? Uh, yes, really. No brainer. We need more like him as a role model and leader.

  11. By johnnybluenose on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    mac….i have no idea what “rapaciously” means nor do i want to.

  12. By stewart badley on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Great job Paris Lenon, you are a true professional, starting over the 25 million dollar man (Stewart Bradley), These” so called” fans want you and Skelton to fail so they can see those two former philadelphia players (Kolb and Bradley)on the field, Bradley took a pay cut because of poor play, Kolb should have done the same. Philadelphia is sending trash to AZ.

  13. By BIG RED on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Best of Luck to you, Paris Lenon go out and show all this dorks what your made of.

  14. By Jzoully on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    I love Paris Lenon but it is quite true, it should have been Patrick Peterson, Darnell Dockett, Calais Campbell, or even Kerry Rhodes. Come on.

  15. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Jzoully (and everyone) —

    RE: Captains/Lenon

    As I mentioned before, the players themselves pick the captains. And the captains are about more than just the guys that make headlines or that fans know. It’s about what goes on in the locker room as well as the field. No one commenting here knows that dynamic.

  16. By domwalk3 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    congrats to my big bro Reggie for being named captain!! I’ll be cheering for you out here in England!!!!

  17. By bluepitt on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    @Eric Hutchins & Derrick Haskan
    Matt Lineart & Derik AndersINT for honerary co captain’s…hahaha I win!!!

  18. By Mac on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    ra·pa·cious   [ruh-pey-shuhs] Show IPA
    given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed.
    inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate: a rapacious disposition.
    (of animals) subsisting by the capture of living prey; predacious.

    In this case, I use the term, “rapaciously”, to describe the general effect wrought upon any offensive player who comes into contact with Paris Lenon on the football field, typically resulting in buckled knees and head trauma.

    Paris in one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around in life, and all those folks who don’t see that simply don’t understand the definition of the word.

  19. By Luke Strauss on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    I think the captains named are spot on as all of them offer a wealth of experience in their respective field. Fitz is the leader of that offense and Sendlein a leader on that line. Lenon is a seasoned pro and his experience is invaluable. Washington may be a captain in the future but captains should be ones that consistently perform and remain calm and collected as well and I think Lenon exemplifies that completely. Wilson need no explanation. Pro Bowl safety and best in the league at his position.

    Someone mentioned it above (I think) and it is really cliched but the role of a ‘captain’ should not deter from the fact that every player on the field in his own right should act like a captain, taking responsibility for his man or phase. You need several leaders not just a few. Will be interesting to see how the offense works this Sunday. Go Cards!

  20. By cardsalltheway on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Our special teams didn’t look very good in the preseason. We have looked slow, sure hope we don’t get torched for a TD on a return this Sunday.

  21. By Chris on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Absolutely right Darren! I don’t see how anyone not in the locker room can speak up and say who the leaders “should” be when we are on the outside looking in. Players know who puts in the work, who should be exemplified, and most of all who they believe can lead them to greatness. Know your role! Let’s be fans.

  22. By Chris on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    I am a Paris Lenon fan simply because I like tough sons-of-bi$^#&s! Period. The dude played every game last year with some type of nick or bruise. This means that the players and coaches preferred Lenon at 85% rather than his superstar overpaid backup at 100%. Lenon NEVER complained once about his pay. He and Wilson never go “Hollywood” on us. They just show up, play hard, and make plays. That’s the type of leadership we need if we wanna get back to the Super Bowl. You can support the superficial stuff that looks pretty, but I’m all about the BACKBONE of the team. Lenon & Wilson all day!!!

  23. By buddy the town winner on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Paris lenon reminds me of james darling.a good player we actually got from philly.that’s probly why they gave him that number. I believe darling played a game hurt when we needed him and ended his career. Gutsy guys.

  24. By Cholo Canario on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Players on the team know how Lenon thinks ” STFU & Do you job!”

    Paris Lenon would eat your soul.

  25. By WILMO on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    MAC, never knew you were so smart to use such a big word but agreed what a great player and guy Paris is. Chris, watch out for Hanson reading your comments.

  26. By Chuck 1 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply


    Off topic again (what’s new?).

    However, what percentage of snaps with the first team are Skelton and Kolb taking?

  27. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Chuck 1 —

    RE: Percentage of snaps

    Once the regular season starts, that information is off limits. But I’d hazard a guess and say Skelton is getting almost all if not all of them. He was named the starter.

  28. By AzDesertRat1953 on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    You are right Darren, Nobody, but the Players know how these Men fight, train. work and help there fellow team mates. It all boils down to One Thing: Win Games!

    It is none of the Fans concern who the Players, and Only the Players, pick for Their Captains.

    GO CARDS!!!

  29. By Leah on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    go fitz and wilson!!!

  30. By Mike T on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    There is a reason Paris has been selected as a captain for the second year in a row. Paris is a great leader and a great family man. Even Fitz seeks him for advise. Here’s to hoping that Paris gets a well deserved contract extension to finish out his career in Arizona.

  31. By Cali Card Fan on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    Paris Lenon deserves to be captain. I said it last year and I will say it again this year, he does his job every game with no expectations of reward! He is consistently great at doing his job and maybe those that doubt should compare his stats to Dockets. Paris had 93 tackles compared to Dockets 51! Do the math, who should be captain! Yes, Washington had 2 more than Paris and eventually he will earn the opportunity to be captian but not today!! Great Job Paris, continue to lead our Defense and give our Cards a chance to win our division.

  32. By Eazy E on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    The offensive captains we’re easy and so was the Defense and ST.

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