In 1898, Chicago painting and building contractor Chris O’Brien established an amateur Chicago-based athletic club football team named the Morgan Athletic Club. O’Brien later moved them to Chicago’s Normal Park and renamed them the Racine Normals, since Normal Park was located on Racine Avenue in Chicago. In 1901, O’Brien bought used maroon uniforms from the University of Chicago, the colors ...
The 1925 National Football League Championship, claimed by the Chicago Cardinals, has long been the subject of controversy. The controversy centers on the suspension of the Pottsville Maroons by NFL commissioner Joseph Carr, which prevented them from taking the title. The Maroons were one of the dominant teams of the 1925 season, and after defeating the Chicago Cardinals on December ...
In 1944, owing to player shortages caused by World War II, the Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers merged for one year and were known as the “Card-Pitt”, or derisively as the “Carpets” as they were winless that season. In 1945, the Cardinals snapped their long losing streak (an NFL record 29 games, dating back to the 1942 season and including their ...
In 1947, the NFL standardized on a 12-game season. This would be the most celebrated year in Cardinals history as the team went 9-3, beating Philadelphia in the championship game 28–21 with their “Million Dollar Backfield”, which included quarterback Paul Christman, halfback Charley Trippi, halfback Elmer Angsman, and fullback Pat Harder, piling up 282 rushing yards. However, Bidwill was not ...
With the team almost bankrupt, the Bidwill’s were anxious to move the Cardinals to another city. However, the NFL demanded a hefty relocation fee which the Bidwills were unwilling and/or unable to pay. Needing cash, the Bidwill’s entertained offers from various out-of-town investors, including Lamar Hunt, Bud Adams, Bob Howsam, and Max Winter. However, these negotiations came to nothing, probably ...
History of the Cardinals
The Chicago Cardinals are among the oldest teams in NFL history, now known as the Arizona Cardinals. Founded in 1898 as an independent professional team based out of Chicago’s Normal Park, they joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1920 and have been a member ever since. The franchise has experienced many highs and lows throughout its long tenure in pro football. However, it remains one of only two charter members still playing today, the other being their division rival – The Green Bay Packers.
Throughout their storied history with numerous name changes, including Racine Normals (1898-1901), Morgan Athletic Club (1902-03), Racine Street Railway Co.-Cardinals/Racines Cards(1904–06), Decatur Staleys/Chicago Staleys(1920–21). In 1922 they changed to become what we know them best for: “The Chicago Cardinals” or simply “Cards” for short. From 1922 until 1959, when they moved to St Louis, Missouri, the team had several successful seasons, making it all way up to the championship game twice during this era but, unfortunately, never won any championships while playing at home field Comiskey Park.
After moving from Illinois, they finally got a taste of success, winning back-to-back NFL Championships, firstly against Philadelphia Eagles by defeating them 47-7 on December 28th, 1947, followed by another win over the same opponent 7 months later on December 19th, 1948. In the 1960s, the team relocated again, this time moving further westward into Phoenix, Arizona, where it eventually became known as ‘Arizona Cardnials' following the relocation announcement made publically on June 8, 1988, officially changing the name once more after having spent 66 years under the moniker 'Chicago Cardnials.' Since then Cardinals have enjoyed some level of success, most notably reaching Super Bowl XLIII 2009 before losing to Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 due to a late touchdown catch by Santonio Holmes, which sealed the victory Steeler's side's last-minute play in the fourth quarter action that day!
Chicago - St. Louis - Phoenix
1920 – Present / National Football League
1994 - Present / Arizona Cardinals
1988 - 1993 / Phoenix Cardinals
1960 - 1987 / St. Louis Cardinals
1945 - 1959 / Chicago Cardinals
1944 / Card-Pitt
1920 - 1943 / Chicago Cardinals
Cardinals - The Chicago Cardinals are one of the most storied franchises in NFL history, and their nickname holds a special place in the hearts of many sports fans. But where did this unique moniker come from? Let's look at the origin story behind this beloved team's nickname.
It all started in 1898 when Chris O'Brien founded a professional football team called Morgan Athletic Club, based in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood. The club had several nicknames over its first few years - including "Racine Normals," "Independents," and even “Thistles” - but it wasn't until 1901 that they adopted their now-iconic name: The Racine Cardinals. This name was chosen to honor O'Brien's alma mater, Racine College (now known as the University of Wisconsin–Parkside), whose colors were red and white (which is why today we have red for Arizona).
In 1920, after over two decades under the same moniker, owner Chris O'Brien moved his franchise northward to join what would become known as National Football League (NFL). He changed his team's name once again. At the same time, dubbing them simply “Cardinals” on the route – since he felt it better represented all cities with teams within league boundaries rather than just one city or college affiliation alone. And thus began an era full of rich history for both organization and its devoted fan base, who proudly call themselves 'Chicago Cardinal Nation.'
Today you can find plenty of evidence throughout Windy City honoring these proud birds, such as giant murals painted around town depicting the cardinal mascot or vintage jerseys worn by players during games long gone by, not mention the plethora of merchandise available online sporting famous logo designs featuring iconic bird perched atop ball field goal posts. No matter if you're a diehard fan rooting from the home stadium sidelines game day Sunday afternoon tailgating before kickoff, there is no denying fact that legendary Cardinals will forever remain the part fabric of the city culture here Chicago land area.
Super Bowl 0
NFL Championship 2
2019 - Present / State Farm Stadium
2006 - 2018 / University of Phoenix Stadium
1988 - 2005 / Sun Devil Stadium
1966 - 1987 / Busch Memorial Stadium
1960 - 1965 / Busch Stadium
1959 / Soldier Field & Metropolitan Stadium
1922 - 1925, 1929 - 1958 / Comiskey Park
1920 - 1921, 1926 - 1928 / Normal Park
2019 - Present / Michael Bidwill
1972 - 2019 / Bill Bidwill
1962 - 1972 / Bill Bidwill and Charles Bidwill, Jr.
1947 - 1962 / Violet Bidwill Wolfner
1933 - 1947 / Charles Bidwill
1929 - 1933 / Dr. David Jones
1898 - 1929 / Chris O'Brien
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
8 / Larry Wilson
40 / Pat Tillman
77 / Stan Mauldin
88 / J. V. Cain
99 / Marshall Goldberg
*Blue is this team’s history