Why you’d look back at Tidwell’s time

Posted by Darren Urban on April 1, 2016 – 3:32 pm

The idea has been floating around in my head for a couple of years now. Not sure exactly where it started, but there was the jersey (thanks Orlando), and there was the renovation and the lockers being removed, and above all else there was the knowledge that a movie was filmed here (even if it was before my time.) Plus, here in one of those dead offseason periods, the timing worked well.

So we explored what “happened” to Rod Tidwell, 20 years after the release of “Jerry Maguire.” (You can also see it by going to

It was fun to put together — obviously a lot different than everything else I write. The final draft looks little like the original, but that’s good. I had some good sounding boards that helped me take out/change parts that would’ve bogged it down (Sorry Bob Sugar — you were cut, as was Cardinals GM Dennis Wilburn.) The story is sad, really. What might have been, Plummer-to-Tidwell?


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The locker of the Kwan (not the ‘Quan)

Posted by Darren Urban on February 3, 2015 – 2:01 pm

Took another stroll downstairs as the building renovations of the Cardinals’ Tempe facility go on, as noted yesterday. Most of the lockers have been taken out, and soon, many of the walls themselves will be demolished in the overhaul. But there are still a handful of lockers still standing — including that of Rod Tidwell (pictured below, third from the right).


You remember Tidwell, the Cardinals’ erstwhile 1,000-yard receiver of the mid-1990s whose smaller size sometimes took away what he brought to the table as a playmaker. He eventually learned to use that chip on his shoulder as motivation (Think Steve Smith before Steve Smith). Good thing too, because it eventually got him a big contract.

You can see Tidwell at his locker in the clip below. Not sure what TV station happened to capture it that day — or why they were allowed to keep rolling on what looks like a pretty private conversation between Tidwell and his agent — but it forever immortalizes Tidwell’s spot in the soon-to-be gone locker room.

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