All aboard? The Night Train is considered by many the best cornerback ever, an undrafted player who tried out at age 24 and proved to have the stuff of a hard-hitting legend. He made four of his seven Pro Bowls in his six seasons with the Chicago Cardinals and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1950s and the 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. He holds the record for interceptions in a season (14) and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974 and the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor in 2006.
FS Larry Wilson
Wilson, who helped popularize the safety blitz, was an eight-time Pro Bowler in 13 seasons in St. Louis and finished as the franchise’s career leader in interceptions (52). He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1960s and ’70s and to the 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor in 2006. He remained with the franchise in several roles, including coach, general manager and VP, until 2002.
OT Dan Dierdorf
You may know him better for his broadcasting career, but Dierdorf was a six-time Pro Bowler during 13 seasons in St. Louis and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s. How good was he? He didn’t give up a sack for two straight seasons. He was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1996 — a dream come true for a boy born in Canton — and inducted into the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor in 2006.
DB Aeneas Williams
There wasn’t much for Cardinals fans to cheer for during the ’90s, but there was Pro Bowl defensive back Williams. He played in six of his eight Pro Bowls during his 10 seasons in Arizona, tied for the league lead in interceptions as a rookie and in 1998 helped the Cardinals win their first playoff game since 1947 by intercepting two passes by Troy Aikman in a 20-7 win over the Cowboys. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the ’90s and inducted into the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor in 2008.
WR Larry Fitzgerald
Turning around Arizona was a tall order for the 6-foot-3 receiving star, but that’s what was expected when the Cards drafted the Heisman runner-up third overall out of Pitt in 2004. And once Kurt Warner came aboard, they pretty much did that, as Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin formed one of the NFL’s top receiving tandems. In 2008, Fitzgerald had the most prolific postseason ever by a receiver and led Arizona to Super Bowl XLIII. A five-time Pro Bowler, his career average of 76 receiving yards per game ranks third in NFL history.