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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Arizona Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American Football team based in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals are members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Cardinals were founded in 1898, and are the oldest continuously run professional American football club in the United States.

The team was established in Chicago in 1898 and was a charter member of the NFL in 1920. Along the with Chicago Bears, the club is one of two franchises still in operation since the league's founding. The club moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1960 and played in that city through 1987 (sometimes referred to as the "football Cardinals" to avoid confusion with the baseball St. Louis Cardinals). Before the 1988 NFL season, the team moved to Tempe, Arizona, an eastern suburb of Phoenix, and played their home games for the next 18 years at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium. In 2006 the club began playing all home games at the newly constructed University of Phoenix Stadium in the northwestern suburb of Glendale.

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League/conference affiliations
National Football League (1920–present)

  • Western Division (1933-1949)

  • American Conference (1950-1952)

  • Eastern Conference (1953-1969)

    • Century Division (1967-1969)



  • National Football Conference (1970-present)

    • NFC East (1970-2001)

    • NFC West (2002-present)




Current uniform
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Team colorsCardinal red, white, black
              
MascotBig Red
Team history


  • Morgan Athletic Club (1898)

  • Racine Normals (1899-1900)

  • Racine Cardinals (1901-1906, reformed 1913-1919)

  • Chicago Cardinals (1920-1943)

  • Card-Pitt (1944)

  • Chicago Cardinals (1945-1959)

  • St. Louis Cardinals (1960-1987)

  • Phoenix Cardinals (1988-1993)

  • Arizona Cardinals (1994–present)


Team nicknames
The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw
Championships
League championships (2)

  • NFL Championships (2)
    1925, 1947,


Conference championships (1)

  • NFC: 2008


Division championships (5)

  • NFL West: 1947, 1948

  • NFC East: 1974, 1975

  • NFC West: 2008


Playoff appearances (7)


  • NFL: 1947, 1948, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1998, 2008


Home fields
Since 1920


  • Normal Park (1920-1921), (1926-1928)

  • Comiskey Park (1922-1925), (1929-1959)

  • Busch Stadium (1960-1965)

  • Busch Memorial Stadium (1966-1987)

  • Sun Devil Stadium (1988-2005)

  • University of Phoenix Stadium (2006-Present)