The Cardinals franchise is one of professional football’s eldest after being established in 1898 as the Morgan Athletic Club out of Chicago. Since joining the NFL as a charter team in 1920, the Cardinals have become the oldest continuously run football franchise in the USA.
The Cardinals left Chicago in 1960 and moved the franchise to St. Louis. The team was often referred to as the “Football Cardinals” to avoid confusion with the MLB team with the same name in STL. The Cardinals made their final move to Arizona before the 1988 NFL Season and have been there ever since.
Despite being the eldest franchise in the NFL, the Cardinals have won a mere two NFL Championships in 102 years, both while in Chicago. The first occurred in 1925 and the second in 1947, nearly 20 years before the first Super Bowl was played.
Since taking home the crown in 1947, the Cardinals have suffered through a sustained losing streak. Arizona currently holds the longest active championship drought in all of North American sports at 75 years. The Cardinals also hold the all-time NFL record for losses as a franchise with a 584-787-41 all-time record.
The Cardinals have made 11 playoff runs during the last 75 years but fell short each time of the ultimate goal. In those 11 appearances, the Cardinals went 7-4 with three of those wins coming in their 2008-09 sprint to Super Bowl XLIII. It was the first and only time the Cardinals would be in a title game since 1945. The Kurt Warner-led team fell to Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23.
With Kyler Murray under center as of 2019, the Cardinals have one of their best rosters since the 1950s. In 2021, the Cardinals ended the regular season at 11-6 but lost in the Wild Card round to the Rams 11-34. But, with five Pro Bowlers under contract, the Cardinals are contenders in 2022.
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