Cards’ quartet reaches Hall of Fame 15

Posted by Darren Urban on January 7, 2016 – 6:31 pm

The Hall of Fame class of 2016 will be determined the day before the Super Bowl, but Wednesday night, the potential class was trimmed to 15 people (up to five of them can be named to the Hall of Fame when it’s all said and done.) Of those 15, four have Cardinals ties.

One is the obvious: quarterback Kurt Warner, who was a finalist last year, and who built a resume in which his final three Cardinals seasons were key. He helped get Arizona to a Super Bowl and to their first two NFC West titles, and without that part of his career, he wouldn’t have been in the Hall of Fame discussion even with his fantastic yet short stint with the Rams.

Coach Don Coryell was the leader of the Cards’ good teams of the 1970s in St. Louis, the teams that set many of the records the current team has been breaking.

The other two put together their Hall bids before they got to Arizona, but still made a mark here. Guard Alan Faneca, in his first year of eligibility, was a star on the Steelers’ offensive line for years and possibly could have come to the Cards sooner than he did (he spent time with the Jets) if not for the Cards’ salary cap issues before the 2008 season (can you imagine Faneca at that point in his career helping the Super Bowl offensive line?) Faneca later played one season — his last — with the Cardinals in 2010.

Then there is running back Edgerrin James, who was the splashy free agent signing for the team as they moved into University of Phoenix Stadium and had a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons for the club. He was benched midway through the 2008 season, but the Cards turned back to him in the postseason and he provided a solid running game for the team that got to the Super Bowl (and he came back to the Cards’ game last weekend, turning the Big Red Siren pregame. That’s Edge below with ex-teammate Adrian Wilson.)

Warner is probably the best bet to get in this year, if any of them do. We’ll see in a month or so.


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7 Responses to “Cards’ quartet reaches Hall of Fame 15”

  1. By Scott H on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    Darren –

    Can you clarify – wasn’t the 2008 SB the first ( and only ) one The Edge ever got to? Didn’t the Colts get there and win AFTER he left there to join the Cardinals?

    I am / will always be grateful he was here for the few seasons he was. I will always remember how strong and fresh he looked when he was re-instated as the starter right at the end of the 2008 season. He was a BEAST on the opening drive in that NFC title game against the Eagles….helped set a tone for that game, showing the Eagles that we could and WOULD run the ball as we pleased. Given how IN-effective our run game was when we played them on Thanksgiving two months prior, they were NOT ready for us to come at them like that. The Cardinals sent the message that they were gonna run the ball and Eagles weren’t gonna stop them. That was strong. And we did it on the legs of The Edge.

    Hoping Warner goes in this year. He is a HOF guy. Just a matter of when.

    Wondering…if Coryell isn’t in by now, is he ever gonna be?? Seems he should be there by now…

    Faneca….he’s a Steeler. I have no connection to him as a Cardinal. He was here when the team was back in the toilet, post Warner, and he had nothing left. Abraham…Foote….Freeney….those guys came here with a little something left and they made memorable contributions. Faneca? Had nothing left, gave us nothing that is memorable. Good for him if he makes it – he did have a great career – but it won’t mean anything to me.

  2. By Darren Urban on Jan 8, 2016 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Edge

    That is correct — the Colts won the Super Bowl in Edge’s first year with the Cardinals (and somewhat oddly, gave Edge a Super Bowl ring).

  3. By MikeFlorio on Jan 7, 2016 | Reply

    Edge powered our Playoff run in 2008 with those stretch plays, who could forget that pitch back to warner for the fitz bomb. Also nickname Darren Urban – URB

  4. By Eazy E on Jan 8, 2016 | Reply

    I love those guys especially Edge and Kurt! I think Kurt should have been first ballot, but I understand how he wouldn’t because they we’re loaded as the class of 2015! Edge I would put in first ballot though and Alan for sure! God Bless Them!!!

  5. By Jon on Jan 8, 2016 | Reply


    Any word on when tickets for the first playoff game will go on sale to the general public?

  6. By Darren Urban on Jan 8, 2016 | Reply

    Jon —

    RE: Playoff tix

    I do not.

    Now I do:

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