Does it really seem like four years ago that the Cardinals were in their only Super Bowl? It doesn't to me but the facts are the facts. Feb. 1, 2009 was the date in Tampa, FL where the Red Birds lost a thrilling but heartbreaking 27-23 decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium.
Yes, I know that loss still hurts Cardinals fans. But it's time to move on.
Thinking about that game made me reflect on what former Cardinals are active in this year's Super Bowl between the Ravens and 49ers. There have to be a least a couple, right?
Well, actually there are four, two on each team. The highest profile player, of course, is Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin, the former great WR for the Red Birds. The FSU product played seven seasons with Arizona and combined with Larry Fitzgerald to form one of the most dynamic wideout duos in the NFL.
It appears the sure-handed Boldin still has a lot left in the tank based on his playoff performances so far this season. He set a franchise playoff record with 145 receiving yards against the Colts and added a stellar two touchdown reception effort against the Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
The Cardinals miss him.
The other Raven is reserve safety and special teams player Sean Considine – he was with Arizona in the second half of the 2011 campaign before signing with Baltimore as a free agent.
The NFC champion 49ers have a player that will not be remembered very fondly by fans in the desert - reserve offensive lineman Leonard Davis. Remember him? How could you not? Davis was pretty much a bust with the Red Birds.
Drafted second overall in 2001, Davis was earmarked as an offensive tackle but performed better as an offensive guard. The Cardinals thought they had drafted an anchor offensive tackle, a player they could count on at that position for years to come but those hopes never panned out.
He salvaged his career by performing pretty well at guard but was always seen as a disappointment in the eyes of the Arizona faithful. Davis later enjoyed three Pro Bowl seasons with the Cowboys, then moved on to Detroit (2011) and now has a chance to win a ring with the Niners. Funny how things develop sometimes.
Clark Haggans is the final former Cardinal – he played four seasons in Glendale from 2008-11 and is now a reserve linebacker for San Francisco. He was originally drafted by the Steelers in 2000.
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