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                             bRYAnT mcfAddEn
                               25           coRnERbAcK \ 6 - 0 \ 190
                             How Acquired: UFA-09                             Hometown: Hollywood, FL
                               (Steelers)                                     YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 5/1
                             college: Florida State                           doB: November 21, 1981


 Pro Career:                                                                  noTE cARdS
 Drafted by the Steelers in the second round (62nd over-
 all) of the 2005 NFL Draft. Played his first four seasons in     ■ Signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals
 Pittsburgh and appeared in 51 regular season games with             on 3/8/09 as an unrestricted free agent from
 18 starts. Signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals            the Pittsburgh Steelers.
 on 3/8/09 as an unrestricted free agent.                         ■ Won two Super Bowls as a member of the
     2008: Appeared 10 games (eight starts) for the                  Steelers, starting at cornerback in Pittsburgh’s
 Steelers during the regular season and started all three            win over Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII. Served as
 postseason contests, including Super Bowl XLIII against             a nickel back in the Steelers win over Seattle in
 the Cardinals … recorded 54 tackles, a sack, two inter-             Super Bowl XL.
 ceptions and a fumble recovery during the regular
 season … made his 11th career start in place of the             (11/26) … posted a career-high 12 tackles and inter-
 injured Deshea Townsend and finished the games with             cepted a Bruce Gradkowski pass in the endzone vs. TB
 six tackles, an interception and two passes defensed @          (12/3); combined with his 10 tackles @ Atl the previ-
 Cle (9/14); interception of Derek Anderson in the sec-          ous week, recorded 22 tackles over a two week span
 ond quarter set up the only Steelers TD of the game …           … had an impact game vs. Bal (12/24), recovering a
 started second consecutive game in place of Townsend            fumble caused by Deshea Townsend and also intercept-
 and led the team with a season-high 10 tackles, an              ing a Steve McNair pass while adding five tackles and
 interception of Donovan McNabb, a fumble recovery and           one pass defensed.
 two passes defensed @ Phi (9/21) … making his fourth               2005: Inactive for the first four games and then
 consecutive start, led the team in both tackles (eight)         saw action in the final 12 regular season games and all
 and passes defensed (three) @ Jax (10/5) … in his fifth         four postseason contests during his rookie campaign …
 consecutive start, left the game @ Cin (10/19) due to an        in his first career game, made the biggest defensive play
 arm injury and was inactive for the following six games         of the day when he intercepted a Byron Leftwich pass in
 … returned to the starting lineup @ Bal (12/14) and             the endzone with 19 seconds remaining in regulation to
 recorded five tackles … recorded his first sack of the          send the game into overtime … recorded two tackles,
 season vs. Cle (12/28) and added four tackles and a pass        one tackle for a loss, and two passes defensed @ Cin
 defensed … made his first career postseason start in the        (10/23) … while appearing in just nine defensive plays,
 AFC Divisional Game vs. SD (1/11/09) … started in both          made a huge impact @ GB (11/6), recording his first
 the AFC Championship Game vs. Bal (1/18/09) and in              career sack and forced fumble which was recovered by
 Super Bowl XLIII vs. Ari (2/1/09).                              Troy Polamalu and returned 77 yards for a TD … picked
     2007: Played in 13 games as a reserve DB and spe-           up his first career fumble recovery, returning it 11 yards
 cial teams contributor for the Steelers … was inactive          vs. Cle (11/13) … started his first NFL game when the
 during weeks 5-7 due to an ankle injury … recorded 23           team opened the game in nickel formation, recording
 tackles, four passes defensed, a fumble recovery and            two passes defensed vs. Cin (12/4) … played on both
 one interception which he returned 50 yards for his first       defense and special teams in the AFC Wild Card Game @
 career TD … saw extensive action at CB and totaled five         Cin (1/8/06) recording one tackle and two special teams
 tackles and a fumble recovery @ Cle (9/9) … logged              tackles … recorded two tackles and a key pass defensed
 time at CB and intercepted an Alex Smith pass in the            in the AFC Divisional Game @ Ind (1/15/06); made a
 fourth quarter, returning it 50 yards for his first career TD   TD saving pass deflection against WR Reggie Wayne in
 vs. SF (9/23) … was inactive (ankle) for games vs. Sea          the end zone with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter
 (10/7); @ Den (10/21); @ Cin (10/28) … appeared as a            … posted a tackle and a special teams stop in the AFC
 nickel back in the AFC Wild Card Game vs. Jax (1/5/08).         Championship Game @ Den (1/22/06) … appeared on
     2006: Appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers,            both defense and special teams, recording one tackle,
 starting a career-high nine contests while recording 55         two passes defensed and one special teams tackle in
 tackles and tying for the team lead with three intercep-        Super Bowl XL victory vs. Sea (2/5/06).
 tions … recorded six total tackles in 12 defensive snaps
 @ Jax (9/18) … in his second-career start, recorded             College:
 second career interception and added a tackle, two QB           Joined a long line of All-American defensive backs at the
 hurries and two passes defensed vs. KC (10/15); also            Florida State, following the likes of Deion Sanders, Ter-
 recovered a fumble on special teams … starting his sec-         rell Buckley and LeRoy Butler among others … finished
 ond consecutive game, recorded two tackles, two passes          his Seminole career with 107 tackles, four interceptions,
 defensed and one special teams stop @ Atl (10/22)               four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and 26
 … started at right CB and recorded 10 tackles @ Bal             passes defensed … started every game at CB and served


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as the special teams captain … as a junior, started nine   Personal:
of 12 games played and tallied 28 tackles, three forced    Full name Bryant McFadden ... attended McArthur
fumbles and a team-high nine passes defensed … played      (Hollywood, FL) High School where he was considered
in every game as a sophomore and despite appearing as a    by many as the top prep cornerback in the nation …
reserve, led the team with three interceptions … added     earned USA Today All-USA honors as well as Parade,
21 tackles, four passes defensed and a fumble recovery     Prep Star and Football News All-American first-team
… appeared in 11 games as a freshman and recorded 22       honors as a senior … credited with 150 tackles during
tackles and a fumble recovery … granted a medical red-     his junior and senior seasons … majored in computer
shirt in 2000 in his first year at Florida State.          graphics with a minor in studio art at Florida State.

                           m c f A d d E n c A R E E R S TAT S
                                  Tackles             Sacks              Interceptions
 Year     Team     GP/GS     Solo Asst. Ttl          Sk Yds         Int. Yds Lg TD PD           FR   FF   STT
 2005     Pit      12/1        15      1 16         1.0    11         1     0   0    0  9        1    1     3
 2006     Pit      16/9        42     13 55         0.0     0         3 39 39        0 12        1    0     5
 2007     Pit      13/0        22      1 23         0.0     0         1 50 50t       1  4        1    0     1
 2008     Pit      10/8        44     10 54         1.0     0         2     0   0    0 11        1    0     0
 Total             51/18     123      25 148        2.0    11         7 89 50t 1 36              4    1     9
 Single Game highs:
 Tackles: 12, vs. Tampa Bay, 12/3/06; Solo Tackles: 9, twice, last @ Philadelphia, 9/21/08; Interceptions:
 1, seven times, last @ Philadelphia, 9/21/08; TDs: Interception return, vs. San Francisco, 9/23/07; Sacks: 1,
 twice, last vs. Cleveland, 12/28/08; Fumble Recoveries: 1, four times, last @ Philadelphia, 9/21/08; Forced
 Fumbles: 1, @ Green Bay, 11/6/05.

                                      mcFADDen PoSTSeASon STATS
                                  Tackles        Sacks         Interceptions
 Year     Team     GP/GS     Solo Asst. Ttl     Sk Yds    Int. Yds Lg TD                  PD    FR   FF   STT
 2005     Pit       4/0         5      0  5    0.0     0    0     0   0    0               3     0    0     3
 2007     Pit       1/0         1      0  1    0.0     0    0     0   0    0               0     0    0     0
 2008     Pit       3/3         3      1  4    0.0     0    0     0   0    0               1     0    0     0
 Total              8/3         9      1 10    0.0     0    0     0 0 0                    4     0    0     3
 Postseason Single Game highs:
 Tackles: 3, vs. Arizona, 2/1/09; Passes Defensed: 2, vs. Seattle, 2/5/06; Special Teams Tackles: 1, three
 times, last vs. Seattle, 2/5/06.



                           cARLTon mEddER
                           66           guARd \ 6 -5 \ 315
                           How Acquired: FA-09                         YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 1/1
                           college: Florida                            doB: December 1, 1984
                           Hometown: Clermont, FL


Pro Career:                                                ing the Gators win the National Championship with
Originally signed by the Cardinals as a rookie free        a victory over Ohio State at University of Phoenix
agent on 4/28/08 and was released during the final         Stadium … saw action in all 12 games primarily as a
roster cut on 8/30/08. Spent the 2008 season out           member of the field goal and extra-point protection
of football before re-signing with the Cardinals           packages on special teams as a sophomore.
on 5/1/09.
   2008: Released by the Cardinals on 8/30 and             Personal:
spent the season out of football.
                                                           Full name Carlton Kabaka Medder … three-year
                                                           starter and senior captain at South Lake (FL) High
College:                                                   School … named first-team All-State (5A) as a senior
Saw action in 40 career games, earning 27 consecu-         and All-district as a junior and senior… team Offen-
tive starts between his junior and senior campaigns        sive MVP as a senior … also played defensive line as
at right tackle … as a senior in 2007, started all 13      a senior… a three-year track athlete who competed
games at right tackle … part of an offensive line unit     in the shotput and discus events and participated in
that did not allow a sack in seven of 13 contests …        weightlifting … born in Brooklyn, NY … graduated
as a junior started all 14 games at right tackle help-     with his degree in anthropology in the fall of 2007.


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                            SEAn moREY
                             87           wIdE REcEIvER \ 5 -11 \ 193
                            How Acquired: UFA-07                         Hometown: Marshfield, MA
                              (Steelers)                                 YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 9/3
                            college: Brown                               doB: February 26, 1976
                                    Pro Bowl selection: 2008

  Pro Career:                                                            noTE cARdS
  Originally drafted by New England with the 35th pick
  in the seventh round (241st overall) of the 1999 NFL        ■ A special teams standout throughout his career,
  Draft, Morey spent the majority of his first two seasons       Morey was named a starter to the Pro Bowl
  on the Patriots practice squad. Was on the active roster       for the first time in 2008 after leading the
  for five games and appeared in two games during his            Cardinals with 22 special teams tackles. In his
  rookie season. Was released on 12/18/00 and played             six full NFL seasons, has led his team in special
  DB with the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe prior to           teams tackles five times.
  the 2001 season. Picked up by the Eagles on 1/8/02          ■ His appearance in Super Bowl XLIII with the
  and helped the team advance to the NFC Championship            Cardinals was the 15th postseason contest of
  game. Attended training camp with Philadelphia but             his career, the most of any player on Arizona’s
  was released prior to the season. Signed by Philadel-          roster.
  phia on 1/30/03 and was again allocated to the Barce-
  lona Dragons, where he led the team in scoring before       ■ His blocked punt in overtime against the Dallas
  returning to the Eagles, where he appeared in all 16           Cowboys that was recovered and returned for
  games during the season. Was named the special teams           the game-winning TD by LB Monty Beisel in
  MVP and earned a spot on Dr. Z’s All-Pro team as a spe-        week six earned him NFC Special Teams Player
  cial teams player. Claimed off waivers by the Steelers         of the Week honors and was one of the most
  on 9/6/04 as an unrestricted free agent and was named          memorable plays of the 2008 season. It marked
  the special teams co-captain in 2005 and 2006. Signed          the first time in NFL history that a game has
  by Cardinals on 3/15/07 as an unrestricted free agent.         ended on a touchdown off a blocked punt.
     2008: After being selected as special teams cap-
                                                              ■ Signed a three-year contract with the Cardinals
  tain prior to the season opener, went on to play in all
                                                                 on 3/1/07.
  16 regular season games for the fourth time in the last
  seven years as well as all four postseason contests ...     ■ Played three seasons in NFL Europe for the
  led team and tied career-high with four special teams          Barcelona Dragons, joining current Cardinals
  tackles as well as made the play of the game by block-         QB Kurt Warner as an All-NFL Europe selection.
  ing a Mat McBriar punt on the Cowboys three yard-line          Became just the 12th player in NFLE history to
  in overtime that LB Monty Beisel picked up and ran in          score three TDs in a game.
  for the game winning TD vs. Dal (10/12); marked his
  second blocked punt as a Cardinal with the other com-      highs in receptions (4), receiving yards (79) and long
  ing vs. Seattle on 9/16/07; was the first time in NFL      reception (62) while also tying for team lead with two
  regular season history that a game was ended on a TD       special teams tackles vs. SF (11/25); 62-yard recep-
  off of a blocked punt; named NFC Special Teams Player      tion was the Cardinals’ longest pass play of the season
  of the Week, first time earning Player of the Week         … hauled in two receptions for 29 yards including an
  honors ... for the second time in the last three weeks,    11-yard grab on third down to prolong a third quarter
  tied career-high with four special teams tackles @ StL     drive that resulted in a TD vs. Cle (12/2) … recorded
  (11/2) … despite being limited in practice for the         one special teams tackle and 13 rushing yards on a fake
  second straight week with a shoulder injury, registered    punt to extend a fourth quarter drive that resulted in
  two special teams tackles @ NE (12/21) ... played in       a field goal to bring Arizona within seven points @ NO
  team best 15th postseason game and second career           (12/16) … returned first kickoff as a Cardinal for 40
  Super Bowl vs. Pit (2/1/09).                               yards vs. Atl (12/23).
     2007: Registered career-high eight receptions for           2006: Named a Steelers Special Teams captain for
  131 yards while continuing to be a special teams force     the second year in a row … played on special teams
  recording at least one special teams tackle in 13 of 15    and had a team-high two solo special teams tackles vs.
  games played … tallied two receptions for 23 yards         Mia (9/7) … recorded two solo special teams tackles
  and also blocked a punt at the Seattle 31-yard line to     @ Jax (9/18) … recorded one special teams tackle vs.
  set up Neil Rackers FG to put Cards up 3-0; led team       Cin (9/24) … saw action at WR and on special teams,
  with three special teams tackles in the home opener        recording two special teams tackles vs. KC (10/22) …
  vs. Sea (9/16) … inactive (concussion) @ Was (10/21)       caught his second pass as a Steeler, good for 14 yards
  … recorded two special teams tackles @ TB (11/4)           and a first down while collecting a team-high three
  and vs. Det (11/11), tying for the team lead in each       solo tackles @ Atl (10/22) ... returned two kickoffs
  … registered 100th special teams tackle of career @        for 38 yards, including a long of 23 and recorded two
  Cin (11/18) … in 75th career game, recorded career-        tackles vs. NO (11/12) … returned two kickoffs for


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100 yards with a career-long 76-yarder in the second        tackles vs. Oak (9/12) ... finished with three spe-
quarter @ Cle (11/19) … saw action at WR and on             cial teams tackles, again tying for team lead vs.
special teams, collecting two tackles vs. TB (12/3) …       Cin (10/3) ... had one special teams tackle vs. Cle
saw extensive action at WR and on special teams vs.         (10/10) … led the team with four special teams
Cle (12/7); caught one pass for 15 yards, returned one      tackles @ Cin (11/21) … made his first career recep-
punt for 22 yards and added one solo special teams          tion on a key third-down play vs. Was (11/28) …
tackle … recorded one tackle and returned two kickoffs      was credited with one special teams tackle in the AFC
for 23 yards vs. Bal (12/24).                               Divisional playoff game vs. NYJ (1/15) ... finished
   2005: Had a standout season, being named a               with two special teams tackles in the AFC Champion-
Steelers Special Teams captain while also earning a         ship game vs. NE (1/23).
Pro Bowl alternate nod as a special teamer … made              2003: Played in all 16 games with the Eagles in
one special teams tackle vs. Ten (9/11) … injured his       2003 and was named the MVP of the NFL’s #1 ranked
hamstring on special teams @ Hou (9/18) … inactive          special teams unit, finishing first on the team with
(hamstring) vs. NE (9/25) … recorded two special            28 special teams tackles … was named to Dr. Z’s
teams tackles @ SD (10/10) … had a team high-three          (Sports Illustrated) All-Pro team as a special teams
special teams tackles vs. Jax (10/16) … recovered a         player …signed by the Eagles on 1/30 and was allo-
fumble on a muffed punt snap vs. Bal (10/31) … saw          cated to the Barcelona Dragons of the NFL Europe
action on special teams and as a WR in the fourth           League where he caught 32 passes for 394 yards and
quarter while recording two special teams tackles (one      seven TDs while finishing second in the league with
solo) vs. Cle (11/13) … led the team with two solo          a 26.3-yard kickoff-return average.
special teams tackles vs. Cin (12/4) … saw action at           2002: Attended training camp with the Eagles,
WR after Quincy Morgan injured his ankle and missed         but was released prior to the regular season.
the remainder of the game in the AFC Wild Card                 2001: Spent the regular season out of football
game @ Cin (1/8) and was credited with one defen-           before signing with the Eagles in the postseason
sive tackle after Cincinnati had a bad snap on a FG         on 1/8/02 … had two special teams tackles in the
attempt; also collected two special teams tackles …         NFC Wild Card game vs. TB (1/12/02) and one each:
recorded one special teams tackle in the AFC Divisional     @ Chi (1/19/02) in the Divisional Game and @ StL
game @ Ind (1/15) and also in the AFC Championship          (1/27/02) in the NFC Championship game … played
game @ Den (1/22) … saw action on special teams             defensive back with the Barcelona Dragons NFL
in Super Bowl XL vs. Seattle (2/5).                         Europe in 2001, finishing the season with 39 tackles,
   2004: Made his presence felt in his Steelers             1.5 sacks and one interception while helping Barce-
debut, tying for team lead with three special teams         lona advance to the World Bowl.

            c A R d S S P E c I A L T E A m S m A K E H I S To RY I n
                    oT d E f E AT o f T H E cow b oYS
     One of the team’s most memorable regular season
 victories and a game that helped the Cardinals gain a
 firm grasp on first place in the NFC West came against
 Dallas in week six. The win was keyed by extraordinary
 special teams play and it came after special teams ace
 Sean Morey broke through the Dallas line and blocked
 Mat McBriar’s punt following Dallas’ first possession in
 the overtime period. Backup linebacker Monty Beisel,
 who was right behind Morey on the blocked kick,
 scooped up the loose ball and returned it three yards for
 the game winning touchdown and a 30-24 victory over
 the Cowboys. It was Beisel’s first career touchdown.
     Morey’s blocked punt marked the first time in NFL regular season history that a game has ended on a
 touchdown off of a blocked punt.
     Combined with J.J. Arrington’s 93-yard return on the game’s opening kickoff, the win marked the first time since
 at least the 1970 NFL-AFL merger that a team has scored a touchdown on the first and last plays of the game.
                                       A Few FAcTS AbouT The bLockeD PunT
 • There have been three overtime games in NFL history that have ended on blocked field goal returns; the
    last was Philadelphia’s Clyde Simmons picking up his own team’s blocked field goal attempt and returning it
    15 yards for a touchdown @ NY Giants (11/20/88). Coincidentally, the Eagles kicker who had his field goal
    blocked was Luis Zendejas, who is currently the Cardinals Senior Director of Community Relations.
 • For the Cardinals, it was the first blocked punt returned for a touchdown since Tommy Bennett recovered a
    Matt Turk punt (blocked by J.J. McClesky) in the endzone at Washington on 9/14/97.
 • It was Morey’s second blocked punt as a member of the Cardinals—the other was vs. Seattle on (9/16/07).
 • It marked the first time the Cardinals have won in overtime when they lost the coin toss since 9-6 OT win
    vs. Dallas on 10/20/02.
 • The touchdown in overtime vs. Dallas was the Cardinals second overtime touchdown in franchise history,
    with both coming on returns. There was Beisel’s three-yard return on the blocked punt and on 10/29/95 vs.
    Seattle, Lorenzo Lynch returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown in a 20-14 win.
 • It was the first blocked punt of Mat McBriar’s career.


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     2000: Spent part of the NFL season on New                     giate career with the second-most receiving yards
 England’s practice squad after being released by                   in Division I-AA history behind only NFL Hall
 the Patriots following training camp on 9/27 …                       of Famer Jerry Rice …. voted the Ivy League
 was signed to the practice squad on 10/18, but                       Player of the Year as a junior when he caught
 suffered an ankle injury and signed an injury                        74 passes for an Ivy League record 1,434 yards
 release prior to the end of the regular                                        and 15 touchdowns … as a junior,
 season 12/18 … played WR with the                                                led the nation in receiving yards
 Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe,                                                  per game (143.4) and appeared in
 catching 37 passes for 415 yards                                                  Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the
 and three TDs.                                                                    Crowd” … voted the Ivy League
     1999: Originally drafted by                                                    Rookie of the Year in his first sea-
 the Patriots in the seventh                                                          son at Brown … earned degree
 round (241st overall) of the                                                           with honors in Organizational
 1999 NFL Draft and made                                                                 Behavior and Management.
 the opening day roster …
 was deactivated for the                                                                   Personal:
 season opener before                                                                      Full name Sean Joseph Morey
 being released on                                                            … attended Hebron (Prep) Academy in
 9/15 and re-signed to                                                        his first year out of high school, earn-
 New England’s prac-                                                         ing New England Player of the Year on his
 tice squad … was                                                            way to helping the team win the New Eng-
 added to the team’s                                                         land Prep School Class D Championship …
 53-man roster on 12/7                                                       played WR and DB at Marshfield (MA) High
 and appeared in the final two games of the                                 School where he lettered in football, basket-
 season on special teams vs. Buf (12/26) and vs.                          ball and track … wife, Cara, was a two sport
 Bal (1/2), collecting five special teams tackles in                     athlete at Brown, becoming an All-American
 the final two contests.                                                in field hockey, and went on to play ice hockey
                                                                       for the Canadian National Team, and also played
 College:                                                             defender for the Montreal Wing Stars and Bramp-
 Finished his career at Brown as an Associ-                         ton Thunder of the Canadian National Women
 ated Press second-team All-American and                            Hockey League … father, Dennis, was also a semi-
 with an Ivy League record 251 receptions                           pro football player with several teams, including
 for 3,850 yards and 40 TDs … became                               the Brockton Pros (MA) ... grandfather, Joe, and
 the only athlete in the school’s consid-                        his great uncle, Dick, both have been inducted to
 erable history to have his number (24)                          the Bridgewater State Hall of Fame for basketball …
 retired and was recently inducted into the                       lives in Arizona with his wife and three daughters—
 Brown Hall of Fame … finished his colle-                           Devan, Kathryn and Shea “Piper”

                                m o R E Y c A R E E R S TAT S
                                              Receiving                                kickoff Returns
  Year         Team            GP/GS    no.    Yds Avg      Lg       TD     no.     Yds Avg Lg TD STT
  1999         NE               2/0       0      0    0.0    0        0       0       0    0.0    0    0   0
  2000         NE               0/0       0      0    0.0    0        0       0       0    0.0    0    0   0
  2001         Phi              0/0       0      0    0.0    0        0       0       0    0.0    0    0   0
  2003         Phi             16/0       0      0    0.0    0        0       7      93 13.3 24        0  28
  2004         Pit             16/0       1      8    8.0    8        0       0       0    0.0    0    0  21
  2005         Pit             15/0       0      0    0.0    0        0       0       0    0.0    0    0  17
  2006         Pit             16/0       2     29 14.5     15        0       8     202 25.3 76        0  21
  2007         Ariz            15/0       8    131 16.4     62        0       1      40 40.0 40        0  19
  2008         Ariz            16/0       0      0    0.0    0        0       0       0    0.0    0    0  22
  Total                        96/0      11    168 15.3     62        0      16     335 20.9 76        0 128
  Single Game highs:
  Receiving Yards: 79, vs. San Francisco, 11/25/07; Receptions: 4, vs. San Francisco, 11/25/07; Long Reception:
  62 yards, vs. San Francisco, 11/25/07; Special Teams Tackles: 4, three times, last @ St. Louis, 11/2/08.
  Additional Statistics:
  blocked punts: 1, vs. Dallas, 10/12/08; 1, vs. Seattle, 9/16/07.

                                           moReY PoSTSeASon STATS
                                             Receiving                                 kickoff Returns
  Year         Team           GP/GS     no. Yds Avg Lg TD         no.               Yds Avg Lg TD                 STT
  2001         Phi             3/0        0     0    0.0 0   0      0                 0    0.0    0    0            4
  2003         Phi             2/0        0     0    0.0 0   0      0                 0    0.0    0    0            2
  2004         Pit             2/0        0     0    0.0 0   0      0                 0    0.0    0    0            3
  2005         Pit             4/0        0     0    0.0 0   0      0                 0    0.0    0    0            4
  2008         Ariz            4/0        0     0    0.0 0   0      0                 0    0.0    0    0            3
  Total                       15/0        0     0 0.0    0   0      0                 0 0.0      0     0           16


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                             cHIKE oKEAfoR
                               56            LInEbAcKER \ 6 -5 \ 256
                             How Acquired: UFA-05                               Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
                               (Seahawks)                                       YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 11/5
                             college: Purdue                                    doB: March 27, 1976


Pro Career:                                                                     noTE cARdS
Originally drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the
1999 NFL Draft (89th overall), Okeafor spent four years with       ■ After missing the entire 2007 season, returned
the 49ers before signing with the Seattle Seahawks as an              in 2008 to start all 16 regular season and four
unrestricted free agent in 2003. Signed a five-year contract          postseason games for the Cardinals marking the
with the Cardinals on 3/7/05.                                         sixth time in seven years that he has appeared
    2008: After missing all of 2007 with a bicep injury               in all 16 games during the regular season.
came back in 2008 and started all 20 games, recording
a career-high 76 tackles during the regular season in his          ■ His sack in the 2008 season opener at San
first full season at linebacker ... recorded four tackles and         Francisco gave him at least one sack in six
one sack @ SF (9/7); gave him a sack in six consecutive               consecutive games that he appeared in, the
games ... had a career day recording a sack and intercep-             second-best total in franchise history behind
tion of QB Brett Favre in the same game for the first time            Curtis Greer (7, 1984-85).
in his career while returning the INT for a career-long 39
yards @ NYJ (9/28); also totaled six tackles and a QB hit;         ■ Has recorded 37.0 sacks over the last five sea-
marked second interception of career (vs. NO 9/7/03) and              sons he has played with 20.5 of those coming
first sack of QB Brett Favre ... recorded four tackles, one           as a member of the Cardinals.
tackle for loss and one sack in which he forced QB Tony            ■ Signed by Arizona on 3/7/05 to a five-year
Romo to fumble vs. Dal (10/12) ... finished second on                 contract after four seasons with San Francisco
the team with seven tackles and one tackle for loss vs.               (1999-02) and two with Seattle (2003-04).
SF (11/10); prevented the game winning TD by getting a
hand on RB Frank Gore as he stumbled to the ground on             (12/31) tying a career-high with nine tackles also adding
the two-yard line with seconds remaining on the clock ...         his fourth sack in four games, his final one coming when
recorded one sack of QB Matt Ryan, one QB pressure and            he dropped Philip Rivers.
added seven tackles vs. Atl (1/3/09); marked third career             2005: Started all 16 games in his first season with the
playoff sack in last two postseason games; part of defense        Cardinals and finished second on the team with 7.5 sacks
that held the Falcons, the second best rushing team in the        (Adrian Wilson 8.0) … recorded two tackles, tipped a pass
NFL during the regular season with a 152.7 yards per game         which was intercepted by LB Karlos Dansby and added a QB
average, to just 60 yards on 24 carries (2.5 avg.) ... in first   pressure on Eli Manning in the Cardinals season opener @
Conference Championship, led team with four QB hits vs.           NYG (9/11) … recorded his first sack as a Cardinal taking
Phi (1/18/09) ... had six unassisted tackles as well as two       down Bulger for an eight-yard loss in the third quarter of
tackles for loss vs. Pit (2/1/09); drew the holding penalty       the Cardinals home opener vs. StL (9/18) … recorded two
that resulted in a safety in the fourth quarter that cut the      tackles and 1.5 sacks of QB Billy Volek vs. Ten (10/23) …
Steelers lead to 20-16.                                           recorded four tackles, one sack of Hasselbeck and forced
    2007: Placed on injured reserve (left bicep) on 9/2           a fumble vs. Sea (11/6) … recorded one sack of QB Marc
after suffering injury vs. Oak (8/11) in preseason.               Bulger @ StL (11/20) … recorded two sacks on Philadel-
    2006: Appeared in all 16 games for the fifth consecu-         phia’s Mike McMahon and added two more tackles vs. Phi
tive season, starting 15 and pacing the Cardinals with 8.5        (12/24) … added one sack of Peyton Manning @ Ind (1/1)
sacks … had an impressive all-around day collecting three         to finish the season with 7.5 sacks.
tackles, one for a loss, a fumble recovery and a key pass             2004: Led the Seahawks with 8.5 sacks while start-
defensed on a third down play in the second quarter vs.           ing in all 16 regular season games and the Seahawks post-
KC (10/8) … tied a career-high with his 2.5 sacks of QB           season appearance … tallied five tackles, one sack of Ken
Marc Bulger, adding four tackles and two QB pressures @           Dorsey and forced his first fumble (recovered by Rashad
StL (12/3) … tallied three tackles, one sack of Matt Has-         Moore) of the season to help hold the 49ers scoreless for
selbeck, two QB pressures and one QB hit vs. Sea (12/10);         the first time in 420 games @ SF (9/26) … recorded four
sack came against Seahawks All-Pro Walter Jones and with          tackles, sacked Bulger twice, his third multi sack game of
Seattle threatening to score late in the fourth quarter, forc-    his career vs. StL (10/10) … collected four tackles and
ing the Seahawks into a fourth-and-20 they did not con-           sacked Tom Brady, giving him a sack @ NE (10/17) …
vert … continued his dominate play when he piled up six           posted a sack of QB Josh McCown, giving him a sack in a
tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack of QB Jay Cutler        career-high fourth consecutive game that caused a fumble,
and two forced fumbles vs. Den (12/17); first of the forced       his second forced fumble of the year and eighth of his
fumbles came in the second quarter when he tackled RB             career along with three tackles @ Arz (10/24) … posted
Tatum Bell, forcing the ball loose and into the hands of          his fourth multi-sack game of his career, second of the year,
Antonio Smith, who ran four yards for a TD … continued            bringing down Josh McCown twice; added a career-high
to apply pressure on opposing QBs when he added a sack            nine solo tackles and forced his fifth fumble of the year vs.
of Alex Smith and two QB hits to the three tackles he col-        Arz (12/26) … posted four tackles and two sacks of Marc
lected @ SF (12/24) … finished the season finale @ SD             Bulger vs. StL (1/8) in the first round of the playoffs.


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     2003: Started all 16 games at right end in his first sea-   posted 28 tackles (21 solo) and three sacks … returned
 son with the Seahawks and tied his then career-high with        his first career kickoff 17 yards @ SD (12/3) ... tallied five
 47 tackles and established a career-high with eight sacks,      tackles and 1.5 sacks of Gus Frerotte @ Den (12/23).
 which led the team … in Seahawks debut vs. NO (9/7),                1999: Played in 12 games for the 49ers at end and on
 had three tackles (two solo), one sack of Aaron Brooks          special teams, where he recorded four special teams tack-
 that forced a fumble that was recovered by LB Chad Brown;       les … had nine solo stops on the year and his first career
 added his first career interception, returning it 18 yards …    sack came vs. StL (11/21) when he beat Pro Bowler Orlando
 had another sack that forced another fumble the following       Pace and took down Kurt Warner ... declared inactive weeks
 week when he brought down Jeff Blake @ Arz (9/14) …             14-17 due to left knee injury.
 facing his former team, posted a career-high seven tackles
 (three solo) and sacked Jeff Garcia vs. SF (10/12) … posted     College:
 a sack in his next three consecutive games (@ Bal, 11/23;       Second-team All-Big Ten selection and named to the Super
 vs. Cle, 11/30; @ Min, 12/7) while totaling 11 tackles …        Sleeper Team by the Sports Network as a senior at Purdue
 posted a season-high two sacks vs. Ari (12/21), bringing        … made the switch from linebacker to defensive end as a
 down Jeff Blake; added four tackles ... had two stops in the    senior and started every game, recording 65 tackles (45
 Wild Card Game @ GB (1/4/04).                                   solos) and eight sacks … started every game as a junior
     2002: Started all 16 games for the 49ers, ranking           and had 85 tackles (45 solos) and 3.5 sacks, on his way to
 second on the team with a career-high six sacks, and            a second team All-Big Ten selection … as a sophomore led
 established a career-high in tackles with 47 … also added       the team with a career-high 103 tackles … named Freshman
 two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three passes        All-America after finishing with 65 tackles (46 solos).
 defensed … began the season recording one sack in each
 of the Niners first three games … started both postseason       Personal:
 contests vs. NYG (1/5/03) and @ TB (1/12/03).                   Full name is Chikezie Russell Okeafor … pronounced CHEE-
     2001: Played in 14 games for the 49ers with three           kay-zee-ay o-KEY-fur … his first name, means “well made
 starts … finished the season with 32 tackles (23 solo) and      by God” in the Ibo dialect of the Nigerian language … was
 2.5 sacks … made first career start, recording a career-high    a finalist for Indiana Mr. Football, earning All-State and
 tying five tackles (three solo) @ Ind (11/25) ... posted a      Super Prep All-Midwest honors while at West Lafayette (IN)
 career-high 2.5 sacks of QB Jay Fiedler vs. Mia (12/16) …       High … named Indiana Region IV MVP … posted 132 tack-
 had three tackles (one solo) vs. Phi (12/22) before leaving     les and rushed for 1,169 yards and 12 scores on 132 carries
 the game with a fibula injury … was inactive the following      his senior season of high school … majored in engineering
 two weeks to close out the season … also declared inactive      at Purdue, where his mother (who now teaches at Michigan
 for the 49ers Wild Card game @ GB (1/13/02).                    State) was a professor … along with his wife, Stephanie,
     2000: Played in 15 games for San Francisco and              the couple are expecting their first child this October.

                               o K E A f o R c A R E E R S TAT S
                                   Tackles                  Sacks                  Interceptions
  Year      Team     GP/GS Solo Asst. Ttl                  Sk Yds           Int.    Yds Lg TD           PD        FR     FF
  1999      SF       12/0        9      0     9           1.0     4           0       0    0   0         0         0      0
  2000      SF       15/0       21      7 28              3.0    19           0       0    0   0         1         0      1
  2001      SF       14/3       23      9 32              2.5    11           0       0    0   0         0         0      1
  2002      SF       16/16      34     13 47              6.0    30           0       0    0   0         3         1      2
  2003      Sea      16/16      33     14 47              8.0    43           1      18 18     0         2         0      2
  2004      Sea      16/16      41     12 53              8.5    55           0       0    0   0         0         0      5
  2005      Ariz     16/16      27     24 51              7.5    29           0       0    0   0         1         0      3
  2006      Ariz     16/15      45     11 56              8.5    57           0       0    0   0         6         2      2
  2007      Ariz       Injured Reserve – Bicep
  2008      Ariz     16/16      49     27 76             4.5      14           1     39     39     0     1         0      1
  Total             137/98 282 117 399                  49.5     263           2     57     39     0    14         3     17
  Single Game highs:
  Tackles: 9, twice, last @ San Diego, 12/31/06; Solo Tackles: 9, vs. Arizona, 12/26/04; Sacks: 2.5, twice, last
  @ St. Louis, 12/3/06; Interceptions: 1, twice, @ Jets, 9/28/08; Forced Fumbles: 2, vs. Denver, 12/17/06;
  Fumble Recoveries: 1, three times, last @ Oakland, 10/22/06.
  Additional Stats:
  Special Teams Tackles: 1999 (4), 2000 (3); Career (7); ko Returns: 1 for 17 yards (2000).

                                          okeAFoR        PoSTSeASon STATS
                                     Tackles               Sacks          Interceptions
  Year      Team      GP/GS Solo Asst. Ttl                Sk Yds     Int. Yds Lg TD                     PD        FR     FF
  2001      SF          Inactive - Fibula
  2002      SF         2/2         2      1   3           0.0       0          0       0     0     0      0        1      0
  2003      Sea        1/1         1      1   2           0.0       0          0       0     0     0      0        0      0
  2004      Sea        1/1         3      1   4           2.0      14          0       0     0     0      0        0      0
  2008      Ariz       4/4       14       5 19            1.0       2          0       0     0     0      2        0      0
  Total                8/8       20       8 28            3.0      16          0       0     0     0      2        1      0
  Postseason Single Game highs:
  Tackles: 7, vs. Atlanta, 1/3/09; Solo Tackles: 6, vs. Pittsburgh, 2/1/09; Sacks: 2.0, vs. St. Louis, 1/8/05;
  Fumble Recoveries: 1, @ Tampa Bay, 1/12/03.


126                2008 nfc cHAmPIonS
                         TYLER PALKo
                          3          q uA R TE R bAc K \ 6 -1 \ 21 5
                         How Acquired: FA-09                        YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 2/1
                         college: Pittsburgh                        doB: August 9, 1983
                         Hometown: Imperial, PA


Pro Career:                                             Dan Marino’s 79 … had 10 games with 300+ yards
                                                        passing … posted two of the top five years in TD
Originally signed by the Saints as an undrafted free
                                                        passes in school history with 25 as a senior and 24
agent out of the University of Pittsburgh on 4/30/07
                                                        as a sophomore … three-year captain and was twice
and spent his rookie season between the practice
                                                        named second-team All-Big East … led Pitt to a Big
squad and the active roster. Signed to the Saints
                                                        East title and appearance in Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil
practice squad on 9/4/07 and was promoted to the
                                                        Stadium as a sophomore with 3,067 passing yards …
active roster on 9/6/07 before being released on
                                                        majored in communication and rhetoric.
9/10/07. Re-signed to the practice squad on 9/11/07
and promoted to the active roster on 9/16/07.
Released on 10/7/07 before being re-signed to the       Personal:
practice squad on 10/9/07. Promoted to the active       Full name Tyler Robert Palko … prepped at West
roster on 12/30/07. Reached an injury settlement        Allegheny (Imperial, Pa.) HS, where he was named
(right thumb) with the Saints on 8/31/08 and spent      Associated Press Big School Player of the Year in 2001
last season out of football.                            … three-time first-team honoree on The Associated
   2008: Out of football following his release by       Press Big School All-State Team ... USA Today All-
the Saints on 8/31.                                     America Team (second team) ... three-time Pittsburgh
   2007: Split rookie season between New Orleans’       Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year … led
active roster and practice squad, serving as the        West Allegheny to three consecutive WPIAL Class AAA
third QB (inactive) in four contests … saw extensive    championships and three straight PIAA title games ...
playing time in three preseason games, completing       West Allegheny won the 2001 PIAA championship, the
27-of-48 passes for 271 yards with one TD and four      first AAA state title ever won by a WPIAL team … fin-
interceptions … also gained 59 yards rushing on nine    ished his high school career with 5,553 passing yards
attempts … was inactive (3rd QB) for contests @ Ind     and 1,681 rushing yards ... also excelled on defense at
(9/6); @ TB 9/16; vs. Ten (9/24) and @ Chi (12/30).     safety and totaled over 80 tackles and four intercep-
                                                        tions as a senior ... in the 2001 state championship
College:                                                game, completed 14-of-20 passes for 202 yards and a
A three-year starter at Pitt, starting 35 of 41 games   TD, while also intercepting one pass on defense; his
during his collegiate career … was a teammate and       performance in the state title game lifted West Allegh-
roommate of Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald from          eny to a 28-13 win over two-time defending cham-
2002-03 … recorded 8,343 passing yards and 66 TDs,      pion Strath Haven, which entered the contest with a
completing 645-of-1,075 attempts with 25 intercep-      44-game winning streak … brother, Luke, hired in 2009
tions … left school with third highest yardage total    as a college scout by the Cardinals … also lettered
in school history, and his 66 TD passes trail only      three times in basketball and once in track and field.

             cAR dI nAL S HoST “ fAn f E ST 2009 ”
    The Arizona Cardinals Football Club hosted
 “Fan Fest 2009” presented by Verizon Wire-
 less and University of Phoenix on Saturday, May
 2nd at the Cardinals Training Facility in South
 Tempe.
    Approximately 4,000 fans attended and had
 the opportunity to watch the defending NFC
 Champion Cardinals take the field and practice.
 Prior to practice Cardinals President Michael Bid-
 will made his annual Pro Bowl presentation, hon-
 oring the five players that were selected to the
 Pro Bowl with a commemorative framed jersey.
 Other activities included a children’s autograph session prior to practice, a kid’s interactive zone
 and a kids flag football zone. Cardinals cheerleaders and team mascot Big Red were also on hand
 to sign autographs.


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                              bEn PATRIcK
                                89           TI g HT E n d \ 6 -3 \ 2 6 4
                              How Acquired: D7/07 (215th)                       YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 3/3
                              college: Delaware                                 doB: August 23, 1984
                              Hometown: Savannah, GA


  Pro Career:                                                                  noTE cARdS
  Drafted in the seventh round (215th overall) of the 2007
  NFL Draft, Patrick appeared in eight games and started three     ■ His lone touchdown reception of the 2008 season
  in his rookie campaign of 2007. After being released by the         was a spectacular leaping catch while sandwiched
  team following training camp on 9/2/07, was signed to the           between two Steelers defenders in the second quarter
  practice squad on 9/4/07 and promoted to the 53-man roster          of Super Bowl XLIII.
  on 10/29/07. Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals
                                                                   ■ Redshirted his first year at Duke and then went on to
  as an exclusive rights free agent on 3/31/09. Will miss the
  first four games of the 2009 regular season for violating the       play three seasons with the Blue Devils (2003-05).
  NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and related substances.          ■ After earning his degree in African American Studies
      2008: Started three of 10 games played and saw                  from Duke, transferred to Delaware for his final sea-
  action in three of four playoff games despite battling inju-        son of eligibility.
  ries throughout the year ... recorded career-highs with four
  receptions for 30 yards vs. Mia (9/14) ... started second       starter Joe Flacco … went on to lead Division I-AA TEs in
  straight game and hauled in two passes vs. Buf (10/5);          receiving with 64 catches for 639 yards and six TDs and
  injured knee in third quarter but returned to the game          was named a first-team All-America … was an All-Atlantic
  ... inactive (knee) for the next five games … hauled in a       Ten Conference first-team pick, led all Division 1-AA TEs in
  17-yard reception in the season finale vs. Sea (12/28) ...      receptions (5.8 rpg, 16th overall) and yardage (58.1) per
  made playoff debut against home state team and recorded         game … broke the school season-record for TEs and became
  one reception for eight yards vs. Atl (1/3/09) ... only         only the second TE in school history to lead the team as
  reception came on a two-point conversion to put the Car-        he caught 64 passes for 639 yards (10.0 avg) and six TDs
  dinals up by seven with 2:53 to play vs. Phi (1/18/09) ...      … his 64 receptions broke the school TE record and also
  recorded first TD of the 2008 season and third of career vs.    ranks fourth overall on Delaware’s single season record list
  Pit (2/1/09) in Super Bowl XLIII.                               … in his final season at Duke, was named team captain and
      2007: Started three of eight games played and recorded      started eight of 10 games, leading the Blue Devils for the
  seven receptions for 73 yards and two TDs in his rookie         second consecutive season with 30 receptions for 252 yards
  campaign … signed to the active roster on 10/29 and saw         (8.4 avg.) … was nominated for the John Mackey Award,
  first career action vs. Det (11/11) … registered first career   given to the top TE in college football … as a sophomore,
  reception and TD vs. SF (11/25); finished with two catches      saw action in 11 games, including six starts.
  for 19 yards including a two-yard TD from Tim Rattay on
  fourth down to give Arizona the lead in the fourth quar-        Personal:
  ter … started for the injured Leonard Pope and registered       Attended Jenkins (Savannah, GA) High School where he
  two receptions for 17 yards with one TD @ NO (12/16) …          was one of the nation’s top-rated tight ends … the Georgia
  hauled in a career-long 21-yard reception vs. Atl (12/23).      High School Coaches Association named him the Southeast
                                                                  Georgia Player of the Year in 2001, as he also garnered all-
  College:                                                        city and All-Southeast Region accolades from Super Prep …
  After four seasons at Duke, where he appeared in 31 games       the team’s Most Valuable Player competed as a quarterback,
  (15 starts) with 79 catches for 781 yards and two TDs,          tight end, linebacker and punter in 2001 … led the team in
  transferred to the University of Delaware for his final col-    passing yards, receptions and tackles that season … also
  lege season in 2006 … QB at Delaware was current Ravens         lettered in baseball and basketball.
                                 PAT R I c K c A R E E R S TAT S
                                                 Receiving
      Year      Team        GP/GS         Rec         Yds           Avg.        Lg       TD        STT
      2007      Ariz          8/3           7          73           10.4        21        2          2
      2008      Ariz         10/3          11         104            9.5        19        0          0
      Total                 18/6           18         177            9.8        21        2          2
      Single Game highs:
      Receptions: 4, vs. Miami, 9/14/08. Receiving Yards: 30, vs. Miami, 9/14/08. Touchdowns: 1, twice,
      last @ New Orleans, 12/16/07; Long Reception: 21, vs. Atlanta, 12/23/07.
                                              PATRIck PoSTSeASon STATS
                                                      Receiving
      Year       Team          GP/GS            Rec       Yds       Avg.                       Lg           TD          STT
      2008       Ariz           3/0               2          9       4.5                        8            1            0
      Total                     3/0               2          9       4.5                        8            1            0


128                 2008 nfc cHAmPIonS
                        LEonARd PoPE
                         82          Ti g HT E n d \ 6 - 8 \ 2 6 4
                        How Acquired: D3/06                       Hometown: Americus, GA
                          (72nd)                                  YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 4/4
                        college: Georgia                          doB: September 10, 1983


Pro Career:                                                       noTE cARdS
Selected in the third-round of the 2006 NFL Draft
(72nd overall), Pope was the only Cardinals player     ■ In three seasons with the Cardinals, has appeared
drafted in 2006 to appear in all 16 games. Signed        in 42 games with 25 starts.
a one-year tender offer as a restricted free agent     ■ Recorded five TD receptions in 2007 before being
on 3/31/09.                                              placed on injured reserve (ankle) on 12/11, miss-
   2008: Started eight of 13 games played during         ing the final three games of the season. His five
the regular season and all three games he played
                                                         TDs were the most by a Cardinals tight end since
in during the postseason despite battling numer-
ous injuries ... registered a season-high two recep-     Robert Awalt had six in 1987.
tions for 12 yards vs. Dal (10/12) ... returned from   ■ With his two TD receptions vs. Detroit (11/11/07),
an ankle injury and made fourth start of the season      became the first Cardinal tight end since Doug
vs. SF (11/10) ... started as part of two TE forma-      Marsh (1983) to record multiple TD receptions
tion @ NE (12/21) ... made 25th career start in the      in a game.
season finale but left the game due to a left knee
sprain in the 3rd quarter vs. Sea (12/28) … inactive
(knee) for the Wild Card game vs. Atl (1/3/09) ...                               TB) to have multiple TD
made first career postseason start @ Car (1/10/09)                                receptions in a game …
and helped block for an offense that set a season-                                 totaled 14 yards on two
high with 43 rushing attempts for 145 yards ...                                     receptions and one TD
finished with two receptions for 21 yards                                            vs. Cle (12/2); five TD
vs. Phi (1/18/09); marked first recep-                                               receptions in a season
tions in the postseason and tied his                                                 were the most by a
2008 single game-high ... started                                                    Cardinal TE since Rob-
in Super Bowl XLIII vs. Pit                                                            ert Awalt had six TDs
(2/1/09).                                                                               in 1987 … regis-
   2007: Started                                                                         tered four recep-
11 of 13 games                                                                           tions for 16 yards
played      with                                                                         before      leaving
23 receptions                                                                          with a right ankle
and five TDs                                                                          injury late in the 3rd
before suffering                                                                     quarter @ Sea (12/9)
a season ending                                                                     … placed on injured
ankle injury in week                                                                reserve (right ankle) on
14 … recorded his first                                                              12/11.
career TD reception with                                                                2006: Only Cardi-
a 30-yarder in the home                                                              nals 2006 draft selec-
opener vs. Sea (9/16); it                                                            tion to appear in all 16
was the longest TD recep-                                                            games (six starts) …
tion by a Cardinals TE                                                             in his first NFL action,
since Freddie Jones caught                                                        caught one pass for nine
a 33-yard TD from John                                                         yards in the season opener
Navarre @ Det (12/5/04)                                           vs. SF (9/10) … saw significant action
… recorded second career                                           at TE and caught one pass for nine
TD while tallying three                                            yards in the Monday Night contest vs.
receptions for 35 yards @                                           Chi (10/16) … in the first start of his
Was (10/21) … recorded a                                            NFL career, caught one pass for 22
career-high five receptions                                         yards @ GB (10/29) … caught one
for 52 yards with two                                                pass for seven yards vs. Dal (11/12)
TD receptions vs. Det                                               … capped off his rookie season by
(11/11); became first                                              catching two passes for 40 yards @ SD
Cardinals TE since                                                 (12/31); caught a career long 33-yard
Doug       Marsh                                                   reception and also had a season-high
(10/16/83 @                                                        40 yards receiving.


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                         c A R d i n A L S i n T H E co M M U n iT Y
                                 Second year tight end Leonard Pope’s bond to his hometown of Ameri-
                              cus, GA didn’t end when he was drafted by the Cardinals in 2006. Following
                              a tornado that devastated Americus in March of 2007, Pope has contin-
                              ued to be active in trying to raise money to repair the damage at Sumter
                              Regional Hospital. The hospital was severely damaged in the tornado and
                              700 Sumter employees were temporarily displaced.
                                 He has visited the hospital and staff on numerous occasions and hosted
                              a celebrity basketball game in Americus to assist in raising money for the
      fundraising process. Pope along with current NFL players from the Georgia area helped campaign
      for the hospital to receive a brand new MRI machine in 2008 in addition to helping raise money
      for other brand new state-of-the-art equipment for the facility.
         In the spring of 2008, Pope also started the
      Leonard Pope C.H.A.M.P. Foundation (Creating Hope
      and Making Progress) which promotes programs
      that enhance the quality of life for children and
      families by teaching them leadership skills, assist-
      ing in community revitalization, education aware-
      ness and providing role models for underprivileged
      youth. In June, Pope hosted his second annual All-
      Star weekend in Americus to benefit his founda-
      tion. The weekend included a free youth football
      clinic, a celebrity basketball game and a free kids
      day in the park. The football clinic was hosted by
      a number of Pope’s Cardinals teammates as well as
      a handful of other NFL players and featured games,
      inflatables, and an autograph signing.

 College:                                               Personal:
 A two-year starter for Georgia, came out follow-       Full name Leonard Pope III … attended Americus
 ing his junior season … caught 59 passes for 994       (GA) High School where he earned Atlanta Journal-
 yards and nine TDs in his career … started 11          Constitution Super Southern 100, Top 50 in Georgia,
 games as a junior … ranked second on the team          Class AA All-State, Georgia Sportswriters Associa-
 with 33 receptions for 491 yards (14.9 avg) and        tion All-State honors and was invited to play in the
 three TDs … started 10 of 12 games as a sopho-         Georgia-Florida All-Star game … led his team to two
 more, hauling in 25 passes for 482 yards (19.3 avg)    straight Class AA state titles during his junior and
 and six TDs … had at least one scoring grab in five    senior seasons … registered seven TDs as a tight
 of his last six games … All-Southeastern Confer-       end, catching eight passes with a pair of TDs in the
 ence first-team selection by the Associated Press      playoffs as a senior … returned an interception for a
 and the league’s coaches … attended Hargrave           score while lining up at safety … caught 25 passes for
 Military Academy in 2002 prior to college.             491 yards and six TDs as a junior … has four brothers
                                                        and four sisters.

                                 P o P E c A R E E R S TAT S
                                                 Receiving
  Year            Team           GP/GS          Rec.       Yds               Avg.            Lg          TD
  2006            Ariz            16/6           16        161               10.1            33           0
  2007            Ariz           13/11           23        238               10.3            31           5
  2008            Ariz            13/8            9         77                8.6            25           0
  Total                          42/25           48        476                9.9            33           5
  Single Game Highs:
  Receptions: 5, vs. Detroit, 11/11/07; Yards: 52, vs. Detroit, 11/11/07; Touchdowns: 2, vs. Detroit,
  11/11/07; Long: 33, @ San Diego, 12/31/06.

                                         PoPe PoSTSeASon      STATS
                                                Receiving
  Year            Team           GP/GS        Rec.             Yds           Avg.            Lg          TD
  2008            Ariz            3/3            2              21           10.5            12           0
  Total                           3/3            2              21           10.5            12           0


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                         PoPe GAMe-BY-GAMe STATISTICS
                                               Receiving
2008                                                 2007
Date       opp.   GP/GS no.      Yds Long       TD   Date       opp.   GP/GS no.      Yds Long TD
Sept. 7    @ SF    1/1      1       5   5        0   Sept. 10   @ SF    1/1      3      22    12     0
Sept. 14      MIA 1/0       1      15  15        0   Sept. 16      SEA 1/1       1      30 30t       1
Sept. 21   @ Was 1/1        0       0   0        0   Sept. 23   @ Bal   1/1      0       0      0    0
Sept. 28   @ NYJ 1/0        0       0   0        0   Sept. 30      PIT  1/1      0       0      0    0
Oct. 5        BUF 1/0       1       4   4        0   Oct. 7     @ StL   1/1      1       5      5    0
Oct. 12       DAL 1/1       2      12   6        0   Oct. 14       CAR 1/1       1       3      3    0
Oct. 26    @ Car    Inactive-Ankle                   Oct. 21    @ Was 1/0        3      35    22     1
Nov. 2     @ StL    Inactive-Ankle                   Nov. 4     @ TB    1/1      0       0      0    0
Nov. 10       SF   1/1      0       0   0        0   Nov. 11       DET 1/1       5      52 16t       2
Nov. 16    @ Sea   1/1      2       9   8        0   Nov. 18    @ Cin   1/1      1      22    22     0
Nov. 23       NYG    Inactive                        Nov. 25       SF   1/1      2      39    31     0
Nov. 27    @ Phi   1/1      1      25  25        0   Dec. 2        CLE  1/1      2      14      9    1
Dec. 7        STL  1/0      0       0   0        0   Dec. 9     @ Sea   1/0      4      16    11     0
Dec. 14       MIN 1/0       0       0   0        0   Dec. 16    @ NO    Injured Reserve – Right Ankle
Dec. 21    @ NE    1/1      0       0   0        0   Dec. 23       ATL  Injured Reserve – Right Ankle
Dec. 28       SEA 1/1       1       7   7        0   Dec. 30       STL  Injured Reserve – Right Ankle
Total             13/8      9     77 25          0   Total             13/11 23 238 31               5
Jan. 3         ATL     Inactive-Knee
Jan. 10    @   Car    1/1      0      0    0     0
Jan. 18        PHI    1/1      2     21   12     0
Feb. 1         PIT    1/1      0      0    0     0
Postseason            3/3      2     21   12     0

2006
Sept. 10     SF       1/0     1      9     9     0
Sept. 17   @ Sea      1/0     0      0     0     0
Sept. 24     STL      1/0     0      0     0     0
Oct. 1     @ Atl      1/0     2     32    18     0
Oct. 8       KC       1/0     0      0     0     0
Oct. 16      CHI      1/0     1      9     9     0
Oct. 22    @ Oak      1/0     0      0     0     0
Oct. 29    @ GB       1/1     1     22    22     0
Nov. 12      DAL      1/0     1      7     7     0
Nov. 19      DET      1/1     1      2     2     0
Nov. 26    @ Min      1/0     1      2     2     0
Dec. 3     @ StL      1/1     2     20    17     0
Dec. 10      SEA      1/0     1      3     3     0
Dec. 17      DEN      1/1     2     11     7     0
Dec. 24    @ SF       1/1     1      4     4     0
Dec. 31    @ SD       1/1     2     40    33     0
Total                16/6    16    161    33     0




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                             nEiL RAckERS
                               1            k i c k E R \ 6 -1 \ 2 0 6
                             How Acquired: FA-03                              YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 10/7
                             college: Illinois                                doB: August 16, 1976
                             Hometown: St. Louis, MO
                                      Pro Bowl selection: 2005

                                              noTE cARdS
   ■ Entered the league as a sixth-round draft pick by          ■ Also connected on 31 consecutive FG attempts
      Cincinnati in 2000; spent three seasons with the             in 2005 to shatter the previous franchise record
      Bengals but was released on the final roster cut             of 11 set by Bill Gramatica in 2001 (NFL record:
      in 2003. He signed with the Cardinals two months             42 by Indy’s Mike Vanderjagt, 2002-04).
      later following an injury to Bill Gramatica and has
      been with Arizona ever since.                             ■ Scored 140 points in 2005, the third-most in
                                                                   the NFL and a franchise record, passing Neil
   ■ Established a franchise record by surpassing 100              O’Donoghue (1984) and Jim Bakken (1967) who
      points during the regular season for the fourth              had 117 points.
      consecutive year in 2008, passing Pat Harder,
      who had 100 points in three consecutive seasons           ■ Despite not kicking off in the final five games of
      (1947-49).                                                   2005, led the NFL with 22 touchbacks. Set the
                                                                   Cardinals franchise record for touchbacks in a
   ■ Connected on 25-of-28 FGs in 2008 and recorded                season with 23 in 2004, the previous record was
      the second best FG percentage in franchise history           19 set in 1997 by Joe Nedney and Kevin Butler.
      (.892) behind his own .952 from 2005 (40-42).
                                                                ■ Established new franchise records for FG per-
   ■ Recorded 119 points in 2008 for the second highest
      total in franchise history behind the 140 points he          centage (95.2), FG attempts (42) and FGs made
      collected in his Pro Bowl season of 2005                     (40) in 2005.

   ■ In the midst of his sensational 2005 season, signed        ■ The Pro Football Hall of Fame received the shoes
      a four-year extension on 11/8/05 that keeps him              worn by Rackers on 10/24/04 when he earned a
      under contract with the Cardinals through 2009.              spot in the NFL record books. By connecting on
                                                                   FGs of 55, 55 and 50 yards in the Cardinals 25-17
   ■ Selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 2005, joining        win vs. Seattle (10/24), Rackers earned a share
      Jim Bakken as the only Cardinal kickers honored.             of the NFL’s all-time record for most FGs of 50+
   ■ In ’05 established an NFL record by connecting on             yards in a single game, tying Morten Andersen
      40 FGs, breaking the previous mark of 39 set by              who set the record in 1995. The Hall of Fame
      Miami’s Olindo Mare in 1999 and matched by St.               also received the shoes and ball from his record
      Louis’ Jeff Wilkins in 2003.                                 setting 40th FG of the 2005 season.

  Pro Career:                                                   late in the 3rd quarter; was third blocked FG of career with
                                                                the other two coming in 2002 as a rookie for Cincinnati ...
  Originally a sixth-round pick by the Bengals in 2000
                                                                recorded a season-high two special teams tackles vs. Buf
  (169th overall), Rackers spent three seasons in Cincinnati
                                                                (10/5) ... put Arizona up 24-14 with 3:17 left in the
  before being released on 9/1/03 in their final roster cut.
                                                                fourth quarter by connecting from 41 yards out vs. Dal
  He then signed with the Cardinals on 11/11/03 to handle
                                                                (10/12) … connected on all four FG attempts including a
  the kicking responsibilities while Bill Gramatica recovered   season long of 54 yards @ Sea (11/16); marked 19th
  from a back injury and has remained with the team ever        career FG from 50+ yards and 16th as a Cardinal ... con-
  since. Rackers signed a four-year contract extension on       nected on three of four FGs, failed on two onside kick
  11/8/05 which will keep him under contract with the team      attempts and made two extra points while a third was
  through the 2009 season.                                      aborted due to a failed hold vs. NYG (11/23); only missed
      2008: For the third year in a row and for the sixth       FG was a 68-yard free kick after a fair catch with five sec-
  time in his career, kicked in all 16 regular season games     onds left in the first half; snapped his consecutive FGs
  and all four postseason contests ... connected on three of    streak that dated back to 9/28/08 at 15, marked the end
  four FGs and two extra points in season opener @ SF           of the second longest streak in franchise history, trailing
  (9/7), giving him 506 points for his Cardinals career         only his 2005 mark of 31 ... made both extra point
  becoming only the second player in franchise history to       attempts @ Phi (11/27); marked first game he did not
  reach 500+ career points (Jim Bakken, 1,380); made one        attempt a FG since 10/29/06 @ GB ... registered one spe-
  special teams tackle while also trying a pooch kick in        cial teams tackle and connected on both FG attempts as
  which S Matt Ware recovered, leading to a Tim Hightower       well as all four extra points in first game with new holder
  TD ... converted one of two onside kicks while only FG        Ben Graham vs. StL (12/7) ... did not attempt a FG vs. Min
  attempt was blocked @ NYJ (9/28); marked his fifth            (12/14) or @ NE (12/21) marking only the second time in
  straight converted onside kick dating back to 2006 and        his career (12/16/01 @ NYJ—12/23/01 @ Bal) he did
  resulted in a Cardinals TD drive to pull within 13 points     not attempt a FG in two consecutive games ... tied sea-


132                 2008 nFc cHAMPionS
son-high with two special teams tackles and converted          tive onside kick in a row (5th as a Cardinal) and missed
both FG attempts vs. Sea (12/28); connected on 22              only FG attempt of the day from 50-yards while connect-
straight traditional FG attempts and 22 of last 23 overall     ing on all three extra points @ Sea (12/9) … converted
with the only miss being the 68-yard fair-catch kick right     all three FG tries including a 29-yarder with time expiring
before halftime vs. NYG in week 12 ... in first career play-   to send the game into overtime and then a 31-yarder in
off game, recorded three touchbacks on five kickoffs and       extra time vs. Atl (12/23) for the fifth game winning kick
one special teams tackle while missing only FG attempt         of his career and second as a Cardinal.
from 51 yards vs. Atl (1/3/09) ... recorded a new franchise        2006: Had his second consecutive 100-point season,
postseason record for FGs in a game with four, including       totaling 116 points with 17 touchbacks while appearing
connecting on a 49 yarder, the longest FG in Cardinals         in all 16 games … connected on a 29-yard FG in the first
postseason history @ Car (1/10/09); his 15 points scored       quarter and converted the extra point following Adrian
are second in franchise postseason history ... tied his        Wilson’s franchise record 99-yard interception return for
franchise postseason long by connecting from 49 yards          a TD to temporarily give the Cardinals the lead in the
out vs. Phi (1/18/09).                                         second quarter @ Atl (10/1) … connected on two-of-
    2007: Served as one of five team captains and              two extra point attempts and on FGs of 41 and 45 yards
recorded 110 points in 2007 and moved into second place        vs. KC (10/8); 41-yard FG in the second quarter gave him
on the franchise career points list with 495 points; was       his 500th career point … connected on FGs of 21 and 50
perfect on three onside kick attempts, giving him four         yards (missing from 41 yards), was two-of- two on extra
consecutive successful conversions dating back to 2006         point attempts and converted a perfect onside kick in the
… nailed the game winning FG from 42 yards out with            final minute of the game to give the Cardinals a shot at a
one second left, as well as connecting from 28 and 52          last second win @ Min (11/26) … turned in his best per-
yards (16th career of 50+ yards) while missing from 52         formance of the season, connecting on field goals of 25,
yards before the half in the home opener vs. Sea (9/16);       39, 37 and 32 yards while converting two extra points @
recorded fourth game winning FG of career, first as a Car-     SF (12/24).2005: Set a new NFL record for field goals in a
dinal … recorded a successful onside kick @ Bal (9/23);        season, connecting on 40-of-42 FGs and was named to his
gave Rackers his second consecutive successful onside          first career Pro Bowl … scored all 12 Cardinals points in
kick attempt, the last onside kick he attempted was at Min     the home opener vs. StL (9/18), connecting on FGs from
(11/26/06) … made all four extra points, registered one        29, 26, 48 and 35 yards out; hit the end zone on all five
touchback and made two-of-three FG attempts including          kickoffs, recording touchbacks on four … recorded the
one from 50 yards @ StL (10/7); 32-yard FG was his 200th       Cardinals only points for the second week in a row with
career FG attempt … converted one of two extra points          12 points @ Sea (9/25); connected on two FGs from 50 or
with one being blocked and missed game-winning 55-yard         more yards for 10 career field goals of 50 or more yards;
FG wide left with one second remaining after recording his     recorded three touchbacks … extended his consecutive FG
second consecutive successful onside kick of the season        streak to 16 hitting six-of-six attempts for a new career-
recovered by Jerheme Urban @ Was (10/21) … made all            best six FGs in a single game; hit the endzone on nine
four extra points and recorded a touchback while connect-      kickoffs, recording touchbacks on seven vs. SF (10/2) …
ing on a 19-yard FG at the end of regulation to send the       connected on the game deciding FG which gave the Car-
game into overtime only to miss from 32-yards in OT vs. SF     dinals a 13-10 lead vs. Ten (10/23) … connected on his
(11/25) … converted and recovered his fourth consecu-          11th career FG from beyond 50 yards and his 22nd con-
                       R Ac k E R S S E T S R E co R d S i n 2 0 0 8
    neil Rackers made the most of his first playoff appearance in 2008 after not reaching the post-
 season in his first eight NFL campaigns.
    His 49-yard field goal in the second quarter of the Divisional Playoff at Carolina was the longest
 field goal in Cardinals postseason history, surpassing the 46-yard field goal that Chris Jacke hit at
 Dallas on 1/2/99. He matched that record against the Eagles when he kicked a 49-yarder to put the
 Cardinals up 24-6 going into halftime.
    Rackers made four field goals against the Panthers (49, 30, 33, 20), establishing a new franchise
 postseason record for field goals in a game, surpassing the previous record of two, set by Jacke at
 Dallas on 1/2/99.
    His four field goals, combined with his three PATs in the game, gave him 15 points against the
 Panthers, the second-highest single-game total in franchise postseason history, trailing only the 18
 points that Mario Bates totaled on three rushing TDs at Minnesota on 1/10/99 and the 18 points
 Larry Fitzgerald accumulated on three receiving TDs vs. Philadelphia on 1/18/09.
    With 119 points in the regular season, Rackers’ 2008 point total was the second-highest in fran-
 chise history, trailing only the 140 points he collected in his Pro Bowl season of 2005.

 MoST PoinTS in A SeASon–FRAncHiSe RecoRD                        F o U R Y E A R S W iT H 1 0 0
 Pts    Player (Year)
 140    neiL RAckeRS, 2005 (40 FG, 20 PAT)                     Rackers scored 119 points in the 2008 regular
 119    neiL RAckeRS, 2008 (27 FG, 44 PAT)                     season, recording his fourth consecutive
 117    Neil O’Donoghue, 1984 (23 FG, 48 PAT)                  season with at least 100 points, a new
        Jim Bakken, 1967 (27 FG, 36 PAT)                       franchise record. Pat Harder had three
 116    neiL RAckeRS, 2006 (28 FG, 32 PAT)                     consecutive 100-point seasons from 1947-49.


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                                 o n T H E L E A d E R B oA R d
     neil Rackers’ 119 points in 2008 made it four years in a row with at least 100 points, giving him
  a total of 614 points since coming to the Cardinals in 2003. He trails only Cardinal great Jim Bak-
  ken, who holds the Cardinals career points record with 1,380.

                                                               cARDinALS ALL-TiMe PoinTS LeADeRS
                                                           Player                   Years     Points
                                                           Jim Bakken            1962-78       1,380
                                                           neiL RAckeRS            2003-        614
                                                           Greg Davis            1991-96         484
                                                           Neil O’Donoghue       1980-85         439
                                                           Roy Green             1979-90         414
                                                           Pat Harder            1946-50         389
                                                           Bobby Joe Conrad      1958-68         389
                                                           Sonny Randle          1959-66         360

                                                              Rackers connected on 25-of-28 field goals
                                                           in 2008, with his 89.3 field goal percentage
                                                           ranking as the second best in franchise his-
                                                           tory, trailing the 95.2 percentage he posted in
                                                           his Pro Bowl season of 2005 when he was good
                                                           on an NFL record 40-of-42 tries.

                                                           FieLD GoAL PeRcenTAGe—FRAncHiSe RecoRD
                                                           Pct.        Player, Year (FG-FGA)
                                                           .952        neiL RAckeRS, 2005 (40-42)
                                                           .893        neiL RAckeRS, 2008 (25-28)
                                                           .824        Kevin Butler, 1996 (14-17)
                                                           .800        Bill Gramatica, 2001 (16-20)
                                                           .792        Jim Bakken, 1975 (19-24)

                         c A R d i n A L S i n T H E co M M U n iT Y
         Kicker Neil Rackers had another banner year in
      the community during 2008-09 as he was active in
      a variety of community programs and appearances.
      Rackers once again participated in the Cardinals
      annual “Teddy Bear Express” at Phoenix Children’s
      Hospital where he and teammates visited sick
      children during the holiday season and passed out
      personalized teddy bears. He also joined Deuce
      Lutui and 200 local kids to watch the move “The
      Express.” The pair of players spoke with the kids
      about the values and positive messages that could
      be learned from the movie. Rackers also took part
      in MidFirst Bank’s “Halftime Kick Contest” to help
      instruct a lucky participant to kick a 40-yard field goal at halftime to win $10,000 at Arcadia High
      School. Also, prior to Super Bowl XLIII, Rackers and center Lyle Sendlein took time away from their
      busy schedule to visit the Arizona Children’s Center at Maricopa Medical Center.
         At another holiday community event, Rackers joined 15 other teammates at the annual “Shop-
      O-Rama” to shop with children from Homeward Bound, allowing the children to spend money on
      themselves or family members for the holiday season. He also participated at Bertrand Berry’s
      “B-Train Express” Holiday shopping event last December to shop with kids from ChildHelp to
      brighten their holiday season.
         During the 2008 offseason, Rackers participated in the annual “Just for Kids Fishing Festival”
      to help provide children with the opportunity to learn how to fish and enjoy the outdoors. He also
      joined teammates to visit kids at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital as part of ‘Child Life Week” while
      also helping to raise money for charity by modeling for the third consecutive year in a fashion
      show last spring with all of the proceeds going to the East Valley Assistance League.


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secutive field goal of the season after hitting from 52 and    into end zone for touchback … in season finale vs. Min
47 yards @ Dal (10/30) … connected on four FGs vs. Sea         (12/28) converted first half FGs from 22 and 26 yards …
(11/6) to increase his record to 26 consecutive attempts       after Cards pulled within 17–12 with two minutes left in
made; hit the 12th 50+ yard FG of his career and set the       game, completed a successful onsides kick recovered by
new franchise mark for FGs over 40 yards in a season con-      Damien Anderson as ensuing possession resulted in game-
necting on is 13th … connected on FGs of 51 and 28             winning touchdown and 18–17 victory.
yards @ Det (11/13) to extend his consecutive streak to           2002: Accounted for 75 points on 15 FGs (18
28; made two crucial tackles on kickoff returns … set the      attempts, 83.3 percent) and 30 PATs (32 attempts) for
franchise record for FGs in a season with his 31st FG of       the Bengals … made 12 of his final 13 FGs, only a missed
the year @ StL (11/20) … ended his streak of consecu-                       52-yarder prevented him from tying a Cincin-
tive FGs when his first attempt of the day, a 43-yarder,                        nati record of 13 consecutive successful
went wide left; connected on a 42-yarder later in the                             FGs … perfect 13-for-13 from inside 45
day vs. Jax (11/27) … suffered a torn calf muscle                                  yards … converted attempts from 21
in his left leg in practice on 12/1 and was deac-                                  and 54 yards in season opener vs. SD
tivated for the game @ SF (12/4) … set the NFL                                    (9/8), the latter a then career-best …
record for FGs in a season hitting numbers 39 and                                        made three FGs from 51, 18, and
40 to tie and break the record @ Ind (1/1);                                                25 yards vs. Jax (12/15).
tied the record with a 28-yarder in the second                                                  2001: Connected on 17-of-
quarter and broke the record with a 42 yarder                                                 28 FG tries and 23-of-24
in the fourth quarter … scored 11 points for                                                   PATs for 74 points … made
the NFC in the Pro Bowl, leading the confer-                                                   eight of last 10 FGs, includ-
ence to a win.                                                                                 ing game winners in final
    2004: Re-wrote the Cardinals record                                                         two contests … Bengals
books by kicking 23 touchbacks in                                                               recovered both onside kick
2004, the most in team history                                                                  attempts, tied for league-
… missed only three attempts                                                                best … won training camp com-
from inside of 50 yards and                                                         petition with former Dallas Cowboy and
nailed five from beyond                                                             Carolina Panther kicker Richie Cunning-
50 yards, including                                                                  ham … made 52-yarder @ Jax (11/11)
three in one game (vs.                                                               … came through from 36, 47 and 33
Seattle 10/24) … kicked                                                             yards in season opening win vs. NE
a league-long 57-yarder                                                             (9/9) as five of his six kickoffs reached
against Denver in the preseason … hit two                                           the end zone, four for touchbacks …
FGs from beyond 50 yards vs. NE (9/19),                                             trying game vs. Pit (12/30) with missed
nailed attempts from 51 and 52 yards but                                           FGs from 32 and 28 yards and missed
came up short on a 58-yard attempt that                                           PAT with game tied at 23–23; made
was deflected … scored the only points of                                        34-yarder earlier in game, and atoned
the day for the Cardinals on a 30-yard FG @                                      with 31-yarder 4:08 into overtime for
Atl (9/26) … tied the NFL record for most                                       the victory.
50+ yard FGs in a game with three vs. Sea                                         2000: Rookie season produced 12 FGs
(10/24), connected on attempts from 55,                                       in 21 attempts and 21 PATs for 57 points
55, and 50 yards out; entering the season,                                   with the Bengals … opened season with
had attempted five field goals of 50+ yards                                 three misses, including one FG try blocked
and connected on only three of them; named                                  … good from 23, 38 and 34 yards vs. Mia
NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his                               (10/1) … took pitch from holder Daniel Pope
performance … connected on two-of-three                                   on fake FG try and tackled for five-yard loss @
FGs vs. SF (12/12) and posted four kickoffs                             Pit (10/15) … converted season-long 45-yarder
for touchbacks to tie the individual record of                       @ Ten (12/10) … capped rookie season with game-
17 set by Joe Nedney in 1997 … scored all 12                        winner from 27 yards out as time expired in season
Cardinals points and set a then career-high                          finale win vs. Jax (12/17) .
in FGs made and attempted, connecting on
four-of-six attempts in the season finale vs.                        College:
TB (1/2), connected from 40, 45, 39 and 31                     Set Illinois season scoring mark with 110 points as senior
yards out while missing attempts of 35 (WL) and 47(WL).        in 1999 … connected on 20-of-25 FG tries and all 35
    2003: Joined the Cardinals in mid-season and han-          extra points … over one half (56.7 percent) of his kick-
dled kicking duties for final seven contests … made nine-      offs were touchbacks (38-of-67).
of-12 FG tries and was perfect on eight PATs, combining
for 35 points … saw first action in Cardinal uniform @         Personal:
Cle (11/16) and connected on 42-yard FG in second quar-        Full name Neil William Rackers … earned 11 varsity let-
ter; added 26-yarder in third period for Cards only points     ters in baseball, soccer and football at Aquinas-Mercy (St.
… remained perfect as a Cardinal with FGs of 22 and 27         Louis, MO) High School … earned all-conference honors
yards and three PAT conversions in addition to his first       in all three sports … posted batting averages of .480
touchback on kickoff vs. StL (11/23) … saw 35-yard try         and .420 as prep junior/senior, led school to consecutive
in fourth quarter sail wide right in bid to tie game vs. Car   state titles in soccer … owns degree in speech commu-
(12/14), atoned with 44-yarder for the tie with 1:09 left      nications from Illinois ... married, he and his wife Rachel
in regulation; the ensuing kickoff sailed three yards deep     have a son Jacob and a daughter Annabel.



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                           R A c k E R S c A R E E R S TAT S
                                                  Scoring
  Year      Team      G  FG        FGA      Pct       Lg      Blk       XP     XPA      Pct   Blk    Points
  2000      Cin      16  12         21     57.1       45        2       21      21    100.0     0        57
  2001      Cin      16  17         28     60.7       47        0       23      24     95.8     0        74
  2002      Cin      16  15         18     83.3       54        0       30      32     93.8     0        75
  2003      Ariz      7   9         12     75.0       49        0        8       8    100.0     0        35
  2004      Ariz     16  22         29     75.8       55        0       28      28    100.0     0        94
  2005      Ariz     15  40         42     95.2       54        0       20      20    100.0     0      140
  2006      Ariz     16  28         37     75.7       50        0       32      32    100.0     0      116
  2007      Ariz     16  21         30     70.0       52        0       47      48     97.9     1      110
  2008      Ariz     16  25         28     89.3       54        1       44      44    100.0     0      119
  Total             134 189        245     77.1       55        3      253     257     98.4     1      820
                                               Field Goals
  Year      Team    1-19     Pct   20-29      Pct     30-39           Pct    40-49     Pct   50+       Pct
  2000      Cin      0-0      --     5-5    100.0       5-9          55.5      2-7    28.5    0-0       --
  2001      Cin      0-0      --     4-6     66.6      8-11          72.7      4-9    44.4    1-2     50.0
  2002      Cin      0-0      --     5-5    100.0       3-3         100.0      3-5    60.0    2-3     66.6
  2003      Ariz     2-2   100.0     5-5    100.0       1-4          25.0      3-3   100.0    0-0       --
  2004      Ariz     0-0      --     6-6    100.0       5-7          71.4      6-7    85.7    5-9     55.5
  2005      Ariz     0-0      --   11-11    100.0     10-10         100.0    13-14    92.8    6-7     85.7
  2006      Ariz     0-0      --   11-11    100.0       9-9         100.0     7-10    70.0    1-7     14.3
  2007      Ariz     2-2   100.0     5-5    100.0       6-8          75.0      5-6    83.3    3-9     33.3
  2008      Ariz     0-0      --     9-9    100.0      9-11          81.8      6-6   100.0    1-2     50.0
  Total              4-4   100.0   61-63     96.8     56-72          77.8    49-67    73.1 19-39      48.7
  Single Game Highs:
  Field Goals Made: 6, vs. San Francisco, 10/2/05. Field Goals Attempted: 6, twice, last vs. San
  Francisco, 10/2/05. Long Field Goal: 55, twice, both vs. Seattle 10/24/04. Most Points: 19, vs. San
  Francisco 10/2/05, (six FGs, one PAT). Most Touchbacks: 7, vs. San Francisco, 10/2/05. Most PATs:
  6, vs. St. Louis, 12/30/07.
  Additional career Stats:
  Special Teams Tackles: 2008: 9: 2, vs. Sea (12/28) … 1, vs. StL (12/7) … 1, @ SF (9/7) … 1, @ Was
  (9/21) … 2, vs. Buf (10/5) … 1, vs. Dal (10/12) … 1, vs. SF (11/10) … 2008 Postseason: 3: 1, vs.
  Atl (1/3/09) … 2 @ Car (1/10/09).

                                    RAckeRS PoSTSeASon STATS
  Scoring
  Year      Team      G     FG     FGA      Pct      Lg       Blk       XP     XPA     Pct    Blk    Points
  2008      Ariz      4      5       7     71.4      49         0       13      13   100.0      0        28
  Total               4      5       7     71.4      49         0       13      14   100.0      0       28
  Field Goals
  Year       Team   1-19     Pct   20-29     Pct      30-39       Pct        40-49     Pct    50+      Pct
  2008       Ariz    0-0      --     1-1   100.0        2-2     100.0          2-2   100.0     0-2     0.0
  Total              0-0      --     1-1   100.0        2-2     100.0          2-2   100.0    0-2      0.0




136            2008 nFc cHAMPionS
            rACkerS GAMe-BY-GAMe STATISTICS
2008 (Arizona)
Date       opp.       Pts   XP/XPA FG/FGA ko/TB     1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+            kick-by-kick
Sept. 7    @ SF        11     2/2    3/4   6/2       0-0  1-1   2-3   0-0 0-0          25, (35), 31, 30
Sept. 14      MIA       7     4/4    1/1   6/1       0-0  0-0   0-0   1-1 0-0                        45
Sept. 21   @ Was        5     2/2    1/1   4/1       0-0  1-1   0-0   0-0 0-0                        26
Sept. 28   @ NYJ        3     3/3    0/1   6/1       0-0  0-0   0-1   0-0 0-0                     (37B)
Oct. 5        BUF      11     5/5    2/2   7/0       0-0  0-0   1-1   1-1 0-0                    47, 38
Oct. 12       DAL       6     3/3    1/1   6/0       0-0  0-0   0-0   1-1 0-0                        41
Oct. 26    @ Car        5     2/2    1/1   5/2       0-0  1-1   0-0   0-0 0-0                        21
Nov. 2     @ StL       10     4/4    2/2   7/0       0-0  0-0   2-2   0-0 0-0                    30, 36
Nov. 10       SF       11     2/2    3/3   7/1       0-0  2-2   1-1   0-0 0-0                28, 33, 23
Nov. 16    @ Sea       14     2/2    4/4   6/0       0-0  1-1   1-1   1-1 1-1           38, 48, 54, 26
Nov. 23       NYG      11     2/2    3/4   7/2       0-0  1-1   1-1   1-1 0-1          34, 20, (68), 44
Nov. 27    @ Phi        2     2/2    0/0   4/0       0-0  0-0   0-0   0-0 0-0
Dec. 7         STL     10     4/4    2/2   7/1       0-0  1-1   0-0   1-1 0-0                    44, 22
Dec. 14       MIN       2     2/2    0/0   3/3       0-0  0-0   0-0   0-0 0-0
Dec. 21    @ NE         1     1/1    0/0   2/0       0-0  0-0   0-0   0-0 0-0
Dec. 28       SEA      10     4/4    2/2   7/1       0-0  1-1   1-1   0-0 0-0                    23, 32
Total                119    44/44 25/28 90/15       0-0 9-9 9-11 6-6 1-2
Jan. 3         ATL 4         4/4     0/1     5/3    0-0   0-0   0-0    0-0    0-1                 (51)
Jan. 10    @   Car 15        3/3     4/5     8/1    0-0   1-1   2-2    1-1    0-1 49, 30, (53), 33, 20
Jan. 18        PHI 6         3/3     1/1     5/2    0-0   0-0   0-0    1-1    0-0                   49
Feb. 1         PIT  3        3/3     0-0     4/0    0-0   0-0   0-0    0-0    0-0
Postseason         28       13/13    5/7    22/6    0-0   1-1   2-2    2-2    0-2

2007 (Arizona)
Sept. 10   @ SF        5     2/2     1/1     4/0    0-0   0-0   1-1    0-0    0-0                    35
Sept. 16     SEA      11     2/2     3/4     6/4    0-0   1-1   0-0    1-1    1-2            28, 52, 42
Sept. 23   @ Bal      11     2/2     3/4     6/3    0-0   0-0   0-0    3-4    0-0            48, 40, 41
Sept. 30     PIT       3     3/3     0/1     4/1    0-0   0-0   0-0    0-0    0-1
Oct. 7     @ Stl      10     4/4     2/3     6/1    0-0   0-0   1-2    0-0    1-1                50, 32
Oct. 14      CAR       4     1/1     1/1     3/1    0-0   0-0   0-0    0-0    1-1                    50
Oct. 21    @ Was       1     1/2     0/1     3/0    0-0   0-0   0-0    0-0    0-1
Nov. 4     @ TB        4     1/1     1/1     3/1    0-0   0-0   0-0    1-1    0-0                    47
Nov. 11      DET       7     4/4     1/1     6/2    0-0   1-1   0-0    0-0    0-0                    23
Nov. 18    @ Cin       5     5/5     0/1     6/1    0-0   0-0   0-0    0-0    0-1
Nov. 25      SF        7     4/4     1/2     4/1    1-1   0-0   0-1    0-0    0-0                    19
Dec. 2       CLE       9     3/3     2/2     6/0    1-1   0-0   1-1    0-0    0-0                19, 33
Dec. 9     @ Sea       3     3/3     0/1     5/0    0-0   0-0   0-0    0-0    0-1
Dec. 16    @ NO        6     3/3     1/2     5/0    0-0   1-1   0-0    0-0    0-1                    26
Dec. 23      ATL      12     3/3     3/3     5/0    0-0   1-1   2-2    0-0    0-0            32, 29, 31
Dec. 30      STL      12     6/6     2/2     9/2    0-0   1-1   1-1    0-0    0-0                23, 33
Total                110    47/48   21/30   81/17   2-2   5-5   6-8    5-6    3-9
2006 (Arizona)
Sept. 10     SF       10     4/4     2/2     7/0    0-0  0-0    2-2     0-0   0-0                 36,30
Sept. 17   @ Sea       4     1/1     1/3     3/2    0-0  0-0    0-0     1-1   0-2        (51), (53), 43
Sept. 24     STL       2     2/2     0/0     3/2    0-0  0-0    0-0     0-0   0-0
Oct. 1     @ Atl       4     1/1     1/1     3/0    0-0  1-1    0-0     0-0   0-0                     29
Oct. 8       KC        8     2/2     2/3     5/1    0-0  0-0    0-0     2-2   0-1          41, 45, (51)
Oct. 16      CHI      11     2/2     3/5     5/0    0-0  2-2    0-0     1-2   0-1 (52), 41, 28, 29, (40)
Oct. 22    @ Oak       9     0/0     3/4     5/0    0-0  1-1    1-1     1-2   0-0     (49), 29, 45, 38
Oct.29     @ GB        2     2/2     0/0     3/1    0-0  0-0    0-0     0-0   0-0
Nov. 12      DAL       4     1/1     1/1     3/1    0-0  1-1    0-0     0-0   0-0                     28
Nov. 19      DET       5     2/2     1/1     4/3    0-0  0-0    1-1     0-0   0-0                     36
Nov. 26    @ Min       8     2/2     2/3     6/3    0-0  1-1    0-0     0-1   1-1          21, 50, (41)
Dec. 3     @ StL      10     4/4     2/2     7/1    0-0  2-2    0-0     0-0   0-0                23, 20
Dec. 10      SEA       9     3/3     2/3     6/0    0-0  0-0    1-1     1-1   0-1          32, (53), 40
Dec. 17      DEN       8     2/2     2/3     5/0    0-0  0-0    1-1     1-1   0-1          49, (50), 38
Dec. 24    @ SF       14     2/2     4/4     7/2    0-0  1-1    3-3     0-0   0-0        25, 39, 37, 32
Dec. 31    @ SD        8     2/2     2/2     5/1    0-0  2-2    0/0     0-0   0-0                28, 20
Total                116    32/32   28/37   77/17   0-0 11-11   9-9    7-10   1-7


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                  rACkerS GAMe-BY-GAMe STATISTICS
      2005 (Arizona)
      Date       opp.      Pts XP/XPA FG/FGA ko/TB 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49   50+          kick-by-kick
      Sept. 11   @ NYG       7 1/1      2/2   5/0    0-0   1-1 0-0   1-1    0-0                 24, 42
      Sept. 18      STL     12 0/0      4/4   5/4    0-0   2-2 1-1   1-1    0-0         29, 26, 48, 35
      Sept. 25   @ Sea      12 0/0      4/4   5/3    0-0   0-0 2-2   0-0    2-2         54, 39, 50, 39
      Oct. 2        SF      19 1/1      6/6   9/7    0-0   2-2 0-0   4-4    0-0 40, 45, 48, 23, 43, 24
      Oct. 9        CAR      8 2/2      2/2   5/2    0-0   0-0 1-1   1-1    0-0                 39, 49
      Oct. 23       TEN      8 2/2      2/2   5/3    0-0   1-1 1-1   0-0    0-0                 33, 24
      Oct. 30    @ Dal       7 1/1      2/2   4/1    0-0   0-0 0-0   1-1    1-1                 52, 47
      Nov. 6        SEA     13 1/1      4/4   6/0    0-0   1-1 1-1   1-1    1-1         23, 31, 50, 44
      Nov. 13    @ Det       7 1/1      2/2   6/1    0-0   1-1 0-0   0-0    1-1                 51, 28
      Nov. 20    @ StL      12 3/3      3/3   8/1    0-0   0-0 2-2   0-0    1-1             32, 33, 51
      Nov. 27       JAX      5 2/2      1/2   4/0    0-0   0-0 0-0   1-2    0-0               (43), 42
      Dec. 4     @ SF                           Inactive—Calf
      Dec. 11       WAS      7 1/1      2/2   0/0    0-0   1-1 0-0   1-1    0-0                 44, 20
      Dec. 18    @ Hou       7 1/1      2/2   0/0    0-0   1-1 0-0   1-1    0-0                 26, 42
      Dec. 24       PHI      9 3/3      2/3   0/0    0-0   0-0 2-2   0-0    0-1            32, 32, (54)
      Jan. 1     @ Ind       7 1/1      2/2   0/0    0-0   1-1 0-0   1-1    0-0                 28, 42
      Total               140 20/20 40/42 62/22 0-0 11-11 10-10 13-14       6-7

      2004 (Arizona)
  Sept. 12       @ StL      4 1/1    1/1   3/1      0-0   1-1   0-0   0-0   0-0                        22
  Sept. 19         NE       6 0/0    2/3   4/3      0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   2-3            51, 52, (58)
  Sept. 26       @ Atl      3 0/0    1/1   2/0      0-0   0-0   1-1   0-0   0-0                        30
  Oct. 3           NO      10 4/4    2/2   7/2      0-0   1-1   1-1   0-0   0-0                   26, 33
  Oct. 10        @ SF       4 4/4    0/0   6/1      0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0
  Oct. 24          SEA     11 2/2    3/3   6/1      0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   3-3               55, 55, 50
  Oct. 31        @ Buf      2 2/2    0/1   3/0      0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1                     (64)
  Nov. 7         @ Mia      6 3/3    1/1   5/1      0-0   1-1   0-0   0-0   0-0                        29
  Nov. 14          NYG      5 2/2    1/1   4/2      0-0   0-0   0-0   1-1   0-0                        41
  Nov. 21        @ Car      4 1/1    1/2   3/1      0-0   1-1   0-0   0-0   0-1                 (50), 28
  Nov. 28          NYJ      3 0/0    1/1   1/1      0-0   1-1   0-0   0-0   0-0                        20
  Dec. 5         @ Det      6 0/0    2/2   4/0      0-0   0-0   1-1   1-1   0-0                   42, 33
  Dec. 12          SF       8 2/2    2/3   7/4      0-0   1-1   0-1   1-1   0-0            (34), 44, 22
  Dec. 19          STL      7 4/4    1/1   6/2      0-0   0-0   0-0   1-1   0-0                        48
  Dec. 26        @ Sea      3 3/3    0/1   4/1      0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1                     (52)
  Jan. 2           TB      12 0/0    4/6   5/3      0-0   0-0   2-3   2-3   0-0 40, 45,(35), 39, 31, (47)
  Total                    94 28/28 22/29 70/23     0-0   6-6   5-7   6-7   5-9

      2003 (Arizona)
      Nov. 16    @ Cle      6   0/0    2/2    3/0   0–0   1–1   0–0   1–1   0–0                   42, 26
      Nov. 23      STL      9   3/3    2/2    7/1   0–0   2–2   0–0   0–0   0–0                   22, 27
      Nov. 30    @ Chi      3   0/0    1/1    2/1   0–0   0–0   1–1   0–0   0–0                       32
      Dec. 7     @ SF       2   2/2    0/0    4/0   0–0   0–0   0–0   0–0   0–0
      Dec. 14      CAR      5   2/2    1/2    4/1   0–0   0–0   0–1   1–1   0–0                 (35), 44
      Dec. 21    @ Sea      4   1/1    1/3    3/1   0–0   0–0   0–2   1–1   0–0           49, (38), (33)
      Dec. 28      MIN      6   0/0    2/2    4/1   0–0   2–2   0–0   0–0   0–0                   26, 22
      Total                35   8/8   9/12   27/5   0–0   5–5   1–4   3–3   0–0




138                 2008 nFc cHAMPionS
             rACkerS GAMe-BY-GAMe STATISTICS
2002 (Cincinnati)
Date       opp.   Pts   XP/XPA FG/FGA ko/TB    1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+          kick-by-kick
Sept 8        SD    6     0/0    2/2   3/1     0–0   1–1   0–0   0–0 1–1                 21, 54
Sept 15    @ Cle    1     1/1    0/0   2/0     0–0   0–0   0–0   0–0 0–0
Sept 22    @ Atl    3     0/0    1/1   2/0     0–0   1–1   0–0   0–0 0–0                      24
Sept 29       TB    1     1/1    0/1   2/0     0–0   0–0   0–0   0–1 0–0                    (45)
Oct 6      @ Ind 3        3/3    0/0   4/0     0–0   0–0   0–0   0–0 0–0
Oct 13        PIT   1     1/1    0/1   2/0     0–0   0–0   0–0   0–1 0–0                    (46)
Oct 27        TEN 6       3/3    1/1   5/0     0–0   0–0   0–0   1–1 0–0                      44
Nov 3      @ Hou 8        5/5    1/1   7/0     0–0   1–1   0–0   0–0 0–0                      25
Nov 10     @ Bal    9     3/3    2/2   6/1     0–0   0–0   1–1   1–1 0–0                  43, 36
Nov 17        CLE 8       2/2    2/2   5/0     0–0   0–0   2–2   0–0 0–0                  37, 31
Nov 24     @ Pit    3     3/3    0/0   4/0     0–0   0–0   0–0   0–0 0–0
Dec 1         BAL 5       2/3    1/1   4/0     0–0   0–0   0–0   1–1 0–0                      40
Dec 8      @ Car    7     4/4    1/2   6/0     0–0   1–1   0–0   0–0 0–1                (52), 24
Dec 15        JAX 9       0/0    3/3   5/0     1–1   1–1   0–0   0–0 1–1              51, 18, 25
Dec 22        NO    2     2/3    0/0   4/0     0–0   0–0   0–0   0–0 0–0
Dec 29     @ Buf 3        0/0    1/1   3/1     1–1   0–0   0–0   0–0 0–0                      19
Total             75    30/32 15/18 64/3       2–2 5–5 3–3 3–5 2–3

2001 (Cincinnati)
Sept 9         NE 11     2/2     3/3     6/4   0–0   0–0    2–2    1–1   0–0           36, 47, 33
Sept 23        BAL 3     3/3     0/3     4/0   0–0   0–0    0–1    0–2   0–0     (43), (39), (45)
Sept 30    @   SD   2    2/2     0/0     3/0   0–0   0–0    0–0    0–0   0–0
Oct 7      @   Pit  1    1/1     0/1     2/0   0–0   0–0    0–0    0–0   0–1                (51)
Oct 14         CLE 10    1/1     3/4     6/2   0–0   2–3    0–0    1–1   0–0    27, (22), 42, 21
Oct 21         CHI 0     0/0     0/1     1/0   0–0   0–0    0–1    0–0   0–0                (39)
Oct 28     @   Det 7     4/4     1/2     6/0   0–0   0–0    1–1    0–1   0–0            (47), 39
Nov 11     @   Jax  7    1/1     2/2     3/1   0–0   1–1    0–0    0–0   1–1              26, 52
Nov 18         TEN 1     1/1     0/0     2/0   0–0   0–0    0–0    0–0   0–0
Nov 25     @   Cle  0    0/0     0/2     1/0   0–0   0–0    0–0    0–2   0–0          (43), (47)
Dec 2          TB   7    1/1     2/2     5/1   0–0   1–1    0–0    1–1   0–0             23, 41
Dec 9          JAX 4     1/1     1/1     3/0   0–0   0–0    0–0    1–1   0–0                  47
Dec 16     @   NYJ 2     2/2     0/0     3/0   0–0   0–0    0–0    0–0   0–0
Dec 23     @   Bal  0    0/0     0/0     5/0   0–0   0–0    0–0    0–0   0–0
Dec 30         PIT  8    2/3     2/4     1/0   0–0   0–1    2–3    0–0   0–0   (32), (28), 34, 31
Jan 6      @   Ten 11    2/2     3/3     6/0   0–0   0–0    3–3    0–0   0–0           30, 33, 34
Total              74   23/24   17/28   57/8   0–0   4–6   8–11    4–9   1–2

2000 (Cincinnati)
Sept 10      CLE 1       1/1     0/1     2/0   0–0   0–0   0–0     0–1   0-0              (42B)
Sept. 17   @ Jax  0      0/0     0/2     1/0   0–0   0–0   0–0     0–2   0-0          (44), (47)
Sept. 24   @ Bal  0      0/0     0/0     1/0   0–0   0–0   0–0     0-0   0-0
Oct. 1       MIA 10      1/1     3/3     5/1   0–0   1-1   2-2     0-0   0-0          23, 38, 34
Oct. 8       TEN 2       2/2     0/2     3/0   0–0   0-0   0-1     0-1   0-0         (35B), (46)
Oct. 15    @ Pit  0      0/0     0/0     2/0   0–0   0–0   0–0     0-0   0-0
Oct. 22      DEN 7       4/4     1/1     6/1   0–0   1-1   0-0     0-0   0-0                  24
Oct. 29    @ Cle  4      1/1     1/1     3/0   0–0   1–1   0-0     0-0   0-0                  39
Nov. 5       BAL 1       1/1     0/0     2/1   0–0   0–0   0-0     0-0   0-0
Nov. 12    @ Dal  6      0/0     2/2     3/0   0–0   1-1   1-1     0-0   0-0              22, 37
Nov. 19    @ NE   7      1/1     2/3     3/0   0–0   1-1   0-1     1-1   0-0        28, (30), 45
Nov. 26      PIT  4      4/4     0/0     5/1   0–0   0–0   0-0     0-0   0-0
Dec. 3       ARZ 6       3/3     1/3     5/0   0–0   0-0   1-2     0-1   0-0      (36), (45), 32
Dec. 10    @ Ten 3       0/0     1/1     2/0   0–0   0-0   0-0     1-1   0-0                  45
Dec. 17      JAX 5       2/2     1/1     3/0   0–0   1–1   0-0     0-0   0-0                  27
Dec. 24    @ Phi  1      1/1     0/1     2/0   0–0   0-0   0-1     0-0   0-0                (31)
Total            57     21-21   12-21   48/4   0–0   6-6   4-8     2-7   0-0


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                               donoVAn RAioLA
                                50            c E nTE R \ 6 -2 \ 3 0 0
                               How Acquired: FA-09                                YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 1/1
                               college: Wisconsin                                 doB: December 13, 1982
                               Hometown: Honolulu, HI


 Pro Career:                                                            2006: Spent the season out of football after being
 Originally signed by the Rams as a rookie free agent on            released by St. Louis following training camp on 9/1.
 5/10/06, was released following training camp on 9/1/06
 and spent the 2006 season out of football. Signed with the         College:
 Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe on 3/8/07 before being            Started 39 games during his career with the Badgers, earn-
 re-signed by the Rams on 6/27/07. Released by the Rams             ing honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore,
 on 8/1/07 and signed by the Steelers on 8/8/07. Released           junior and senior … as a senior, registered 40 knockdowns
 by the Steelers on 8/27/07 and re-signed with the Rams on          for an offense that averaged 396.5 yards and 34.3 points per
 11/7/07 to the practice squad where he spent the remain-           game … registered 35 knockdowns as a junior and 33 as a
 der of the 2007 season. Signed a futures contract with             sophomore … appeared in five games as a freshman, record-
 the Rams on 1/21/08 and was waived following training              ing one start at RG … redshirted as a true freshman.
 camp on 8/29/08. Signed to the Seahawks practice squad
 on 12/10/08 where he spent the remainder of the season.            Personal:
 Signed with the Cardinals as a free agent on 3/19/09.              Full name Donovan Stephen Raiola … earned Prep Star and
     2008: Signed to the Seahawks practice squad on                 Student Sports regional All-America honors as a senior at
 12/10 where he spent the final three weeks of the season.          Kamehameha (Honolulu, HI) High School … named first-team
     2007: Following a season in NFL Europe with the                All-State from the Honolulu Advertiser and Star Bulletin as a
 Amsterdam Admirals, signed to Rams practice squad on               senior … brother, Dominic, is a center for the Detroit Lions
 11/7 where he spent the final eight weeks of the season.           … majored in Agricultural Business Management.


                               BRYAn RoBinSon
                                97            dEFEnSiVE TAckLE \ 6-4 \ 304
                               How Acquired: UFA-08                               Hometown: Toledo, OH
                                (Bengals)                                         YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 13/2
                               college: Fresno State                              doB: June 22, 1974


 Pro Career:                                                                      noTE cARdS
 Originally entered the NFL in 1997 as a rookie free agent
 with the St. Louis Rams out of Fresno State. Began the              ■ In his first season in Arizona, proved a steady
 1998 preseason with the Rams, then was acquired by Chi-                veteran influence in 2008, starting 15-of-16
 cago on waivers on 8/31. Spent the next six seasons with               games during the regular season and all four
 the Bears, starting 82 of 90 games played. Opened train-               postseason contests.
 ing camp with Chicago in 2004 but was released on 9/5/04            ■ After appearing in all 16 games in 2008 with 15
 and signed as a free agent with Miami on 9/7/04 where                  starts, has now appeared in 175 career games
 he started 13 of 16 games. Signed with the Bengals on                  with 139 starts during his career, both totals
 3/14/05 as an unrestricted free agent and went on to start             ranking as the highest among any player on the
 29 of 42 games played over the next three seasons. Signed              Cardinals roster.
 a two-year contract with the Cardinals on 4/14/08.                  ■ The Cardinals NFC West title in 2008 was the
      2008: In first season as a Cardinal, registered 15 starts         third division championship of Robinson’s career,
 in 16 regular season games ... earned his first playoff victory        also winning titles in 2001 with the Chicago
 while starting all four postseason contests ... registered first       Bears and in 2005 with the Cincinnati Bengals.
 sack as a Cardinal vs. Mia (9/14) ... did not start as the Car-
 dinals opened with six DBs, but contributed two tackles @          third ranked rushing attack (152.3 ypg.) during the regular
 NYJ (9/28) ... totaled season-high four tackles @ NE (12/21)       season to just 75 yards rushing ... set a career playoff-high
 ... in third postseason appearance earned first career playoff     with three tackles vs. Phi (1/18/09), which led the Cardinals
 win vs. Atl (1/3/09); part of defense that held the Falcons,       defensive line ... recorded second pass defensed of the post-
 the second best rushing team in the NFL during the regular         season vs. Pit (2/1/09) in Super Bowl XLIII.
 season with 152.7 yards per game average, to just 60 yards             2007: For the sixth time in his career played in all
 on 24 carries (2.5 avg.) ... made fourth career postseason         16 games with four starts at defensive end … made four
 start @ Car (1/10/09); part of defense the held the Panthers       straight starts: @ KC (10/14), vs. NYJ (10/21), vs. Pit


140                 2008 nFc cHAMPionS
(10/28), @ Buf (11/4) … tallied season-high three tack-         recorded career-high four passes defensed vs. Jax (1/6/02)
les during wins vs. NYJ (10/21) and vs. Ten (11/25) …           … in first playoff game, totaled two tackles and one pass
recorded a sack in win vs. Cle (12/23).                         defensed vs. Phi (1/19/02).
    2006: Started all 16 games for the fifth time in his            2000: For third consecutive season, increased tackle
career … tied for the line lead with seven tackles, including   total and led all Bears defensive linemen with career-high
an eight-yard sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble @       77 tackles in 16 starts at LDE while tying for second on the
KC (9/10) … recorded a fourth quarter sack of QB Michael        team with nine passes defensed and third with 4.5 sacks
Vick vs. Atl (10/22) … dropped Peyton Manning for the           … recorded one sack vs. NO (10/8) … recorded one sack
Bengals only sack @ Ind (12/18).                                vs. TB (11/19) … tallied season-high eight tackles @ NYJ
    2005: In first season as a Bengal, started nine of          (11/26) … totaled two passes defensed and a half sack vs.
10 games before a foot injury vs. Ind (11/20) ended his         NE (12/10) … tied career-high with two sacks along with
regular season … started at LDT in game one, games three        seven tackles @ Det (12/24).
thru 10 and in the Bengals playoff loss vs. Pit (1/8) …             1999: For first time in his career started all 16 games
had best game vs. Pit (10/23), registering a season-high        at LDE registering a career-high five sacks … recorded first
five tackles.                                                   career multi-sack game with two sacks vs. Sea (9/19) …
    2004: Released by Chicago on 9/5 and signed with            tallied one sack with five tackles @ TB (10/24) … sealed
Miami on 9/7; started 13 of 16 games played for a defense       14-13 victory @ GB (11/7) by blocking 28-yard FG attempt
that finished eighth in league yardage rankings … ranked        in final seconds, was first game for Chicago since the death
seventh on team with 71 total tackles and fourth in QB          of Bears great Walter Payton … registered one sack vs. Det
hurries with 21 … recorded four tackles in first start as a     (12/19) … set team, season-high, and career-high with 16
Dolphin @ Cin (9/18) … registered season-high 11 tackles        tackles and one sack vs. TB (1/2/00).
@ Den (12/12).                                                      1998: Signed off of waivers by Chicago on 8/31 and
    2003: Started all 16 games at RDT and led Bears defen-      started five of 10 games played, recorded 30 tackles …
sive line with five passes defensed while his 47 tackles        registered first career start vs. TB (11/29) and totaled four
ranked third among defensive lineman … in first career          tackles … recorded seven tackles with one tackle for loss
start at RDT, recorded five tackles in season opener @          and a half-sack @ GB (12/13).
SF (9/7) … registered season-high eight tackles @ Sea               1997: Signed with St. Louis as an undrafted rookie free
(10/19) with a half-sack … posted seven tackles and a           agent on 4/29/97 and was one of four rookie free agents to
half-sack vs. Was (12/21).                                      make the Rams opening day roster … played in 11 games
    2002: Showed versatility by starting at three differ-       on defense and special teams … recorded season-high
ent positions on the d-line; started 13-of-15 games played      eight tackles, two quarterback pressures and brought down
and was the only member of the season-opening d-line to         Kerry Collins for first career sack vs. Car (11/23).
complete the season without injury … started games 1-2
and 5-6 at LDE, games 3-4 at RDE and games 10-16 at LDT         College:
… started at LDE on Monday Night Football vs. GB (10/7)         Played two seasons at Fresno State (1995-96) … named
and registered season-high seven tackles … inactive @           first team All-WAC Pacific Division as senior after starting
Min (10/27) ending his 59-game starting streak … equaled        all 11 games … led team in sacks (five) and tackles for loss
season-high with seven tackles @ Car (12/22) with one           (seven) … transferred to Fresno State from College of the
tackle-for-loss and a forced fumble.                            Desert Junior College in Palm Desert, CA … two-time all
    2001: Started all 16 games for the third straight sea-      conference selection … recorded 77 tackles as a sophomore
son and his first career playoff contest while registering a    … majored in sociology.
team-high 12 passes defensed and a defensive line best
72 tackles … forced a fumble and recovered first career         Personal:
fumble @ Bal (9/9) … ended a fourth quarter threat with         Full name Bryan Keith Robinson … attended Woodward
a sack along with five tackles vs. Ari (10/7) … recorded        (Toledo, OH) High School … named second team all-
one sack, one pass defensed and one forced fumble @             district during junior year and first team all-district dur-
Cin (10/21) … deflected pass in OT that was intercepted         ing senior year … helped buy uniforms for his prep alma
by Mike Brown and returned for game-winning TD vs. Cle          mater and this past April was inducted into the Wood-
(11/4) … led defensive line with seven tackles and one          ward Hall of Fame … active in community service, he has
sack @ GB (11/11) … led team with season-high 12 tack-          worked with Special Olympics, made frequent school vis-
les @ GB (12/9) … registered one sack @ Det (12/30) …           its and has distributed turkeys on Thanksgiving.

                            R o B i n S o n c A R E E R S TAT S
                               Tackles                    Sacks                interceptions
 Year      Team     GP/GS Solo Asst. Ttl                 Sk Yds           int. Yds Lg TD PD                FR    FF   STT
 1997      StL      11/0     5      3  8                1.0     8           0     0   0    0  0             0     0     2
 1998      Chi      11/5    17     13 30                0.5     5           0     0   0    0  1             0     0     0
 1999      Chi      16/16   41     17 58                5.0    27           0     0   0    0  0             0     1     0
 2000      Chi      16/16   56     21 77                4.5    28           0     0   0    0  9             0     0     0
 2001      Chi      16/16   43     26 69                4.5    23           0     0   0    0 12             1     2     0
 2002      Chi      15/13   32     14 46                1.0    20           0     0   0    0  5             0     2     0
 2003      Chi      16/16   25     22 47                1.0     4           0     0   0    0  5             0     0     0
 2004      Mia      16/13   47     24 71                0.0     0           0     0   0    0  5             0     1     0
 2005      Cin      10/9    13      8 21                0.0     0           0     0   0    0  0             0     0     0
 2006      Cin      16/16   30     23 53                3.0    14           0     0   0    0  2             0     1     0
 2007      Cin      16/4    16     12 28                1.5    11           0     0   0    0  1             0     1     0
 2008      Ariz     16/15   18      7 25                1.0     8           0     0   0    0  0             0     0     0
 Total             175/139 343 190 533                 23.0 148             0     0 0 0 40                  1     8     2


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                 R o B i n S o n c A R E E R S TAT S ( c o n T. )
  Single Game Highs:
  Tackles: 16, vs. Tampa Bay, 1/2/00; Solo Tackles: 9, vs. Tampa Bay, 1/2/00; Sacks: 2.0, twice, last @ Detroit, 12/24/00;
  Forced Fumbles: 1, eight times, last @ Pittsburgh, 12/2/07; Fumble Recoveries: 1, @ Baltimore, 9/9/01.
  Additional Stats:
  Blocked FG, @ GB 11/7/99.

                                         RoBinSon       PoSTSeASon STATS
                                     Tackles              Sacks         interceptions
  Year      Team     GP/GS      Solo Asst. Ttl           Sk Yds    int. Yds Lg TD                  PD    FR     FF   STT
  2001      Chi       1/1          1      1  2          0.0     0    0     0   0    0               1     0      0     0
  2005      Cin       1/1          0      0  0          0.0     0    0     0   0    0               0     0      0     0
  2008      Ariz      4/4          4      1  5          0.0     0    0     0   0    0               2     0      0     0
  Total               6/6          5      2  7          0.0     0    0     0 0 0                    3     0      0     0




                             doMiniqUE RodgERS-cRoMARTiE
                             29            coRnERBAck \ 6 -2 \ 182
                             How Acquired: D1/08 (16th)                      YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 2/2
                             college: Tennessee State                        doB: April 4, 1986
                             Hometown: Bradenton, FL



                                             noTE cARdS
  ■ The Cardinals first-round selection in the 2008             ■ Became just the second Cardinal to earn
      draft and the 16th overall pick; was the sec-                “Defensive Rookie of the Month” (DE Simeon
      ond cornerback taken in the draft after Troy’s               Rice, December 1996) when he received the
      Leodis McKelvin went to Buffalo with the 11th                honor in December.
      overall selection.                                        ■ Became the first Tennessee State player taken in
                                                                   the first round since 1974 when both DE Ed “Too
  ■ Named an All-Rookie selection by the Sporting
                                                                   Tall” Jones (Dallas, 1st overall) and LB Waymond
      News and the Pro Football Writers Association
                                                                   Bryant (Bears, 4th overall) were both selected.
      after tying for the NFL lead among rookies
      with four interceptions. That included a fran-            ■ Is the second cousin of Chargers All-Pro corner-
      chise record tying 99-yard INT return for a TD               back Antonio Cromartie.
      against St. Louis in Week 14.                             ■ Of his 11 career interceptions at Tennessee State, he
  ■ Led the Cardinals with four interceptions and
                                                                   returned four for TDs and averaged 28.5 yards per
                                                                   interception return. In addition to his four intercep-
      23 passes defensed during the regular season
                                                                   tions for TDs, he also returned a fumble and a kickoff
      despite starting in just 11 games. Tied for the
                                                                   for TDs and blocked eight kicks in his career.
      team lead with two interceptions during the
      postseason while adding a team-high seven                 ■ Last name is derived from both his mother, Melissa
      passes defensed.                                             Rodgers, and his father, Stanley Cromartie.

                                                               play on offense as a receiver ... registered first two
 Pro Career:                                                   tackles of career and played one play on offense vs.
 Selected by the Cardinals in the first round                  Mia (9/14); stepped in for CB Rod Hood (neck) and
 (16th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Appeared in             CB Eric Green (calf), both of whom returned to the
 all 16 games with 11 starts during his rookie cam-            game ... started first career game with Arizona open-
 paign.                                                        ing with six DBs and recovered a Neil Rackers onside
     2008: Had a standout rookie year, starting 11 of          kick that led to a Cardinals TD @ NYJ (9/28) ...
 16 games played during the regular season and all             recorded first two career interceptions as well as four
 four postseason contests; registered two intercep-            tackles @ Sea (11/16); second interception off QB
 tions at Seattle in week 11 to become the first Cardi-        Matt Hasselbeck came in final two minutes and sealed
 nals rookie since CB Aeneas Williams in 1991 (12/15           the victory ... tied SS Adrian Wilson (10/1/06 @ Atl)
 @ Den) to have two interceptions in a game ... made           for the longest interception return in franchise his-
 his NFL debut and had two passes defensed along               tory, going 99 yards for a TD while also registering
 with a special teams tackle @ SF (9/7); also had one          one tackle for a loss vs. StL (12/7); tied Johnnie


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                     c A R d i n A L S i n T H E co M M U n iT Y
     In Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s first season in
  Arizona, he made his mark in the Valley community.
  Rodgers-Cromartie was one of the most active par-
  ticipants in the Cardinals Gatorade Jr. Training Camp
  program and as well as making countless appearance
  at Cardinals Kids Camps.
     Cromartie also took some time during the season
  to participate in the Cardinals annual “Teddy Bear
  Express” as he visited sick children during the holiday
  season and passed out personalized teddy bears and
  he also spent some time helping to raise money for Cardinals Charities at the annual “Making the
  Cut” event at Rolf’s Salon. DRC, as he is known to his teammates, also joined teammates Matt Lei-
  nart and Deuce Lutui to participate in “Pros Vs. G.I. Joes” this past fall. The players competed in
  video games with soldiers who are based in Kuwait as part of a program set up through the USO.
Johnson of the L.A. Rams (9/2/80) for the longest    (1/10/09); dating back to the regular season it
interception return for a TD by a rookie since the   marked his sixth interception in the last nine games;
1970 NFL-AFL merger ... registered first career      has registered an interception in each of the last
blocked FG vs. Min (12/14); marked Cardinals first   three games; held Pro Bowl WR Steve Smith to 43
blocked FG since 9/17/06 @ Sea ... made first        yards on two receptions and one TD which came in
career playoff start and led team with career-high   the final minute of the game, marked Smith’s second-
12 tackles and one interception vs. Atl (1/3/09);    lowest yardage total this season; also tipped a pass
saw action on two plays on offense but did not       intended for Smith in the third quarter that was inter-
record any statistics ... recorded team-high three   cepted by Antrel Rolle ... led team with two passes
passes defensed as well as one interception @ Car    defensed vs. Pit (2/1/09) in Super Bowl XLIII.

   RodgERS - cRoMARTiE SHinES in RookiE SEASon
    It was hard to miss Cardinals rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-cromartie during his
 rookie campaign. Seemingly every week he made a game-changing play. His big play ability
 began to show through on a weekly basis beginning with his two INTs in Seattle in week 11. Then
 it was his electrifying 99-yard INT return for a TD against the Rams in week 14, his blocked field
 goal in week 15 against Minnesota that Rod Hood returned 68 yards for a TD and his INT in the
 season finale against the Seahawks. It culminated in the playoffs, where he had two INTs in four
 games. With his INT against the Falcons, he became the first rookie in franchise history to record
 an INT in a playoff game. Before the Eagles game, the rookie had an INT in three consecutive
 games dating back to the season finale against the Seahawks.
    Against St. Louis in week 14, Rodgers-Cromartie recorded his third career interception with
 his fourth quarter pick off Marc Bulger. He returned it 99 yards for a TD, tying the franchise
 record for longest interception return (Adrian Wilson, @ Atlanta, 10/1/06). It also tied for the
 longest interception return for a TD for a rookie since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger (LA Rams, Johnnie
 Johnson, 9/2/08).
    Rodgers-Cromartie’s INT of Jake Delhomme in the Divisional playoff game in Carolina was his
 sixth INT over a nine game span. Including the playoffs, Rodgers-Cromartie had six INTs in 12
 starts at cornerback.

             Rookie inTeRcePTion    LeADeRS
 Rk.    Player                      Team             inTs
 1T     D. RoDGeRS-cRoMARTie        ARizonA           4
 1t     Aqib Talib                  Tampa Bay         4
 3      Chris Horton                Washington        3
 4t     Brandon Flowers             Kansas City       2
 4t     Antoine Cason               San Diego         2
 4t     Brandon Carr                Kansas City       2
 4t     Leodis McKelvin             Buffalo           2

   He also had a team-high 23 passes defensed on
 the season despite starting in only 11 games.



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 College:                                                    jump (6’ 9.5”) and finished second in
 A two-time All-American and three-time                        the triple jump (48’ 8”) … recorded 37
 All-Ohio Valley first-team selection at                        tackles, 11 passes defensed, two inter-
 Tennessee State, appeared in 44 games                           ceptions (both of which he returned
 with 39 starts after earning the start-                          for touchdowns) and recovered two
 ing job midway through freshman sea-                             fumbles … established a school
 son … of his 11 career interceptions,                           season-record by blocking four kicks
 returned four for TDs and averaged 28.5                         and gained 806 yards and a TD on 33
 yards per interception return … also                              kickoff returns.
 returned a fumble and a kickoff for TDs
 and blocked eight kicks in his career …                             Personal:
 on special teams, returned 36 kickoffs                                Full name Dominique Reshard
 for 859 yards and six punts for 44 yards                              Rodgers-Cromartie … attended
 and on the offensive side of the ball,                               Lakewood Ranch (FL) High
 also caught two passes for 46 yards                                  School where he was an all-area,
 and rushed twice for 16 yards                                        All-Class 5A and All-District 11
 … also a track star, qualifying                                     defensive back and wide receiver
 for the NCAA Mid-East Region-                                      … Lakewood Ranch became the
 als after capturing the Ohio                                      fourth high school he attended
 Valley Conference long jump                                       and first where he received play-
 title with a jump of 25’ 0.75”                                   ing time … also competed as a
 … at the 2007 OVC Indoor Track                                  jumper and sprinter on the school’s
 Championship, he won the Top                                   track team … born with a non-func-
 Male Athlete award after winning                              tioning kidney that was removed when
 the 60-meter dash (6.89), long                                  he was eight years old … psychology
 jump (25’ 0.75”) and high                                        major at Tennessee State.

           R o d g E R S - c R o M A R T i E c A R E E R S TAT S
                               Tackles            Sacks          interceptions
  Year    Team    GP/GS   Solo Asst. Ttl         Sk Yds     int. Yds Lg TD PD          FR   FF   STT
  2008    Ariz    16/11     38      5 43        0.0     0     4 157 99t      1 23       0    0     5
  Total           16/11    38       5 43        0.0     0     4 157 99t 1 23            0    0     5
  Single Game Highs:
  Tackles: 7, @ Philadelphia, 11/27/08; Solo Tackles: 6, @ Philadelphia, 11/27/08; interceptions:
  2, @ Seattle, 11/16/08; Touchdowns: Interception return, 99 vs. St. Louis, 12/7/08; Passes
  Defensed: 4, vs. New York Giants, 11/23/08.
  Additional Stats:
  Blocked field goal, vs. Minnesota, 12/14/08

                             RoDGeRS-cRoMARTie PoSTSeASon STATS
                               Tackles      Sacks         interceptions
  Year    Team    GP/GS   Solo Asst. Ttl   Sk Yds    int. Yds Lg TD              PD    FR   FF   STT
  2008    Ariz     4/4      19      2 21  0.0     0    2 19 19        0           7     0    0     0
  Total            4/4     19       2 21  0.0     0    2 19 19 0                  7     0    0     0




144              2008 nFc cHAMPionS
                          AnTREL RoLLE
                            21          FREE SAFETY \ 6 - 0 \ 208
                          How Acquired: D1/05 (8th)                     YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 5/5
                          college: Miami, FL                            doB: December 16, 1982
                          Hometown: Homestead, FL


Pro Career:                                                             noTE cARdS
The Cardinals first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft (eighth
overall), Rolle was impressive in the first three games      ■ Arizona’s first-round selection in 2005 and the
of his rookie season before suffering a left knee injury        draft’s eighth overall; was the second corner-
which required surgery and kept him on the sidelines            back taken after the Titans selected CB Adam
for nine games. With his knee finally healthy, he came          Jones with the sixth pick.
back and started all 16 games in 2006 and played in          ■ After switching from cornerback to free safety
all 16 games (eight starts) in 2007 before switching            in 2008, finished second on the team with a
to safety in 2008.                                              career-high 119, the first 100-tackle season
    2008: After moving to free safety in the offsea-            of his career.
son, went on to start all 16 regular season games for
the second time in his career (2006) and all four post-      ■ Scored the first defensive TD in franchise
season contests ... finished second on the team with            postseason history when he scooped up a
a career-high 119 tackles during the regular season             botched handoff against Atlanta in the Wild
... in season opener made first career start at FS and          Card Game (1/3/09) and returned it 27 yards
recorded six tackles @ SF (9/7) ... led Arizona DBs             for the TD in the turning point of the game.
with six tackles @ Was (9/21); also played one snap          ■ Interception return for a TD at St. Louis in
as a WR and recorded a reception that was nullified due         week nine of the 2008 season marked his
to a penalty on the play ... recorded one interception          fourth career INT returned for a TD and he
he returned 40 yards for a TD @ StL (11/2) ... in 50th          now trails only Aeneas Williams (6) and Larry
career game registered first career reception for a gain        Wilson (5) for the franchise lead. Named the
of nine yards as well as one QB hit and seven tackles           “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his
vs. StL (12/7) ... led team with career-high 14 tackles         performance, the third Player of the Week
vs. Min (12/14) ... started first career playoff game           selection of his career.
and returned a botched handoff, forced by DT Darnell
Dockett 27 yards for a TD to give Arizona a 21-17 lead      ceptions of QB Jake Delhomme ... led DBs with five
early in the third quarter vs. Atl (1/3/09); marked first   tackles and one tackle for loss while playing a handful
defensive TD in Cardinals postseason history and was        of plays on offense vs. Phi (1/18/09) ... started Super
his first career fumble recovery ... recorded a 47-yard     Bowl XLIII vs. Pit (2/1/09).
interception return @ Car (1/10/09); part of secondary         2007: Played in all 16 games with eight starts
that set a franchise postseason record with five inter-     and recorded a career-high five interceptions, return-
                   R o L L E ’ S To U c H d oW n B R E A k d oW n
    Below is a breakdown of Rolle’s five career defensive TDs:
 1/3/09 vs. Atlanta (Fumble Return): Scored the first defensive TD in franchise postseason his-
 tory when he recovered a botched handoff (caused by Darnell Dockett) between QB Matt Ryan
 and RB Michael Turner and returned it 27 yards for a TD to give the Cardinals a 21-17 lead in the
 third quarter in the Wild Card game.
 11/2/08 at St. Louis (inT Return): With the Cardinals down 7-0 in the second quarter, Rolle
 stepped in front of a Marc Bulger pass and returned it 40 yards for a TD. It was the second INT
 return for a TD for Rolle in as many games against the Rams.
 12/30/07 vs. St. Louis (inT Return): Picked off a Marc Bulger pass in the second quarter and
 returned it 47 yards for a TD. It was his third INT return for a TD on the season, tying the fran-
 chise record established by Robert Massey in 1992.
 11/18/07 at cincinnati (2 inT Returns): Became just the fifth player in NFL history with two
 INT touchdowns of 50+ yards when he returned Carson Palmer passes 55 and 54 yards for TDs
 against the Bengals.
   Rolle’s 55-yard INT return came in the first quarter with the Cardinals down 7-0 and his
 54-yarder came in the third quarter to give the Cardinals a 35-27 lead that would prove to be
 the final points of the game.


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                                                          tackles @ Oak (10/22) … tallied five tackles and his
  cLoSing in on THE REcoRd                                first career forced fumble vs. Sea (12/10) … tied his
     With four INT returns for TDs in his career          career-high with 11 tackles with one pass defensed vs.
  during the regular season, Antrel Rolle is              Den (12/17) … turned in his best performance of the
                                                          year with two tackles, one pass defensed, one forced
  closing in on the franchise record of six. Hall         fumble and a fourth quarter interception off of Alex
  of Famer Aeneas Williams, who played for the            Smith, his first of the year, @ SF (12/24).
  Cardinals from 1991-2000, holds the current                 2005: The second cornerback taken in the 2005
  record while another Hall of Famer, Larry Wilson        Draft behind West Virginia’s Adam Jones (sixth overall,
  (1960-72), sits in second place with five.              Tennessee) and the first CB taken by the Cardinals in
                                                          the first round since Tom Knight in 1997 … made his
               FRAncHiSe RecoRD                           NFL debut @ NYG (9/11) and recorded one tackle …
         cAReeR inTS ReTuRneD FoR TDS                     recorded 11 tackles @ Sea (9/25), the second most
      TDs    Player (Years)                               on the team … missed the game vs. SF (10/2) due
      6      Aeneas Williams (1991-2000)                  to a left knee injury suffered @ Sea the week before
      5      Larry Wilson (1960-72)                       … underwent surgery to repair damage in the knee on
      4      AnTReL RoLLe (2005-PReSenT)                  10/3 … returned from his knee injury vs. Was (12/11)
                                                          and recorded his first career interception off Mark
      3      Robert Massey (1991-93)
                                                          Brunell and also broke up a pass … made his first start
             Bill Blackburn (1946-50)                     since week three of the season and recorded nine solo
             Pat Fischer (1961-67)                        tackles @ Hou (12/18) … missed the last two games
                                                          of the season due to swelling in his knee.
 ing an NFL-high three for TDs including two in one
 game; his three INT returns for TDs tied the franchise
 record (Robert Massey, 1992) and tied for the second
                                                          College:
 most in a season in NFL history, becoming the 22nd       In four seasons at Miami, was credited with 183 tack-
 player to do so … registered a record setting day with   les, five interceptions and also doubled as a return
 three interceptions for the first multi-interception     man, returning 13 punts in 2003 for 202 yards and
 game of his career while returning two for TDs (55, 54               one TD … was not only an All- American on
 yds.) while a third TD was called back on a penalty;                     the field as a senior for the Hurricanes,
 also registered six tackles @ Cin (11/18); ended                           but was also selected as Miami’s
 Bengals last hope with an interception near mid-                            ACC Male Scholar Athlete of the
 field with under a minute to play and was named                               Year and received his bachelor’s
 NFC Defensive Player of the Week; became just                                   degree (Sports Administration)
 the fifth player in NFL history with two                                        in May of 2005 … first team All-
 INT TDs of 50+ yards in the same game;                                          Atlantic Coast Conference selec-
 three interceptions is tied for the highest                                     tion ... selected to the All-ACC
 single-game total in the NFL in 2007 …                                         Academic team and was a finalist
 led team and tied his career-high with                                        for the Jim Thorpe Award (best
 11 tackles and one pass defensed vs. Cle                                 DB) and a semifinalist for the Bednarik
 (12/2); joined Roderick Hood as first                                    Award (best defensive player) … as a
 Cardinal teammates to each collect                                                   senior, started 11 games
 two INT returns for TDs in the same                                                    at right CB, recording 58
 season since Jerry Norton and Billy                                                     tackles with 1.5 sacks
 Stacy (1961) … started fourth straight                                                   and a fumble recovery
 game for Eric Green (IR-groin) and tied                                                  … started every game
 for second on team with seven tackles                                                    as a junior, recording 51
 and one tackle for loss vs. Atl (12/23)                                                 tackles with a 10-yard
 … recorded one quarterback hit, two                                                   sack … appeared in the
 interceptions and returned one 47                                                  Fiesta Bowl for the National
 yards for a TD and the other for                                               Championship vs. Ohio State at
 a career-best 57 yards vs. StL                                    Sun Devil Stadium and recorded four tackles
 (12/30); performance earned                                      … appeared in eight games as a freshman,
 him NFC Defensive Player of                                        recording eight tackles with an interception
 the Week honors for the sec-                                          and a pass deflection.
 ond time in 2007.
     2006: Started all 16                                                   Personal:
 games in his second sea-                                                      Full name Antrel Rocelious Rolle
 son, finishing fourth on                                                        … attended South Dade (Home-
 the team with 87 tackles                                                           stead, FL) High School …
 … led the team with                                                                  Parade All-American choice
 eight total tackles and                                                               and rated the second-best
 two passes defensed                                                                   prospect in Florida and
 in the season opener                                                                  Dade County by the Miami
 vs. SF (9/10) … led                                                                   Herald … graduated with
 all DBs with                                                                          a 3.8 grade point average
 seven total                                                                           in high school.


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                             R o L L E c A R E E R S TAT S
                                Tackles                Sacks          interceptions
Year     Team    GP/GS     Solo Asst. Ttl             Sk Yds     int. Yds Lg TD PD        FR    FF   STT
2005     Ariz     5/4        27      1 28            0.0     0     1 29 29        0  1     0     0     2
2006     Ariz    16/16       81      6 87            0.0     0     1 23 23        0 10     0     2     1
2007     Ariz    16/8        48     24 72            0.0     0     5 231 57       3  9     0     0     5
2008     Ariz    16/16       78     41 119           0.0     0     1 40 40t       1  6     0     1     1
Total            53/44     234      72 306           0.0     0     8 323 57 4 26           0     3     9
Single Game Highs:
Tackles: 14, vs. Minnesota, 12/14/08; Solo Tackles: 10, twice, last @ New England, 12/21/08;
interceptions: 3, @ Cincinnati, 11/18/07. Long inT Return: 57, vs. St. Louis, 12/30/07. Touchdowns:
2, @ Cincinnati, 11/18/07; Forced Fumbles: 1, three times, last @ Carolina, 10/26/08.
Additional Statistics:
Receiving: 1 reception for 9 yards vs. StL (12/7).

                                       RoLLe PoSTSeASon STATS
                                Tackles          Sacks         interceptions
Year     Team    GP/GS     Solo Asst. Ttl       Sk Yds    int. Yds Lg TD             PD   FR    FF   STT
2008     Ariz     4/4        11      9 20      0.0     0    1 47 47        0          2    1     0     0
Total             4/4       11       9 20      0.0     0    1 47 47 0                 2    1     0     0
Postseason Additional Statistics:
Touchdowns: 1, 27-yard fumble return, vs. Atl (1/3/09).

                R o L L E k n oWS WAY To T H E E n d Zo n E
   Antrel Rolle’s fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Wild Card win vs. Atlanta was yet another
example of the safety’s uncanny ability to find the endzone whenever he gets the ball in his hands.
   With the Cardinals down 17-14 at halftime against the Falcons, DT Darnell Dockett broke through
the offensive line and disrupted the hand-off between Falcons QB Matt Ryan and RB Michael Turner.
Rolle picked up the fumble and returned it 27 yards for a TD, his fifth career TD and first fumble
recovery.
   Rolle now has five career TDs on 10 career takeaways (including playoffs). His last INT came against
the Panthers in the NFC Divisional game and he returned it 47 yards to the Carolina 26-yard line, one
tackler shy of his fifth INT return for a TD.
   His 40-yard interception return for a TD vs. St. Louis in week nine was his first interception since
moving to safety this season.
   Of his eight career regular season interceptions, Rolle has returned four for TDs, with a fifth called
back due to an erroneous penalty on the return.
   Of the 104 players in NFL history with at least four
interception returns for touchdowns, Rolle’s 50.0%
return rate is by far the best in history. The next best
percentage is Darren Smith (1993-2004) who returned
four of his 11 interceptions for a TD, a return percent-
age of 36.4.
   There have been only 26 players in league history
that have a return percentage over 20.0 and four with
a return percentage over 30.0.

       Best inT Return Rate—Min. Four TDs
Player (Years)                int    TDs               Rate
FS AnTReL RoLLe (2005-)         8     4                50.0
LB Darrin Smith (1993-2004)    11     4                36.4
LB Tedy Bruschi (1996-)        12     4                33.3
LB Dexter Coakley (1997-2006)  13     4                30.8


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                           LYLE SEndLEin
                             63          cEnTER \ 6 -3 \ 305
                           How Acquired: FA-07                            YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 3/3
                           college: Texas                                 doB: March 16, 1984
                           Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ



 Pro Career:                                                 opener vs. Sea (9/16) … part of offensive line that
 Signed as a rookie free agent in 2007 out of the Univer-    had only yielded two sacks in the first three games …
 sity of Texas, Sendlein has appeared in 28 games with       saw action at LG when starting RT Elton Brown left the
 18 starts in his two seasons while also starting all four   game with an injury in the second quarter and starting
 postseason games in 2008.                                   LG Reggie Wells moved over @ StL (10/7) … saw action
     2008: Took over as the starting center for an           on special teams @ TB (11/4) … for the first time in his
 injured Al Johnson and was part of an offensive line        career, appeared during goaline situation as an eligible
 that had the same five starters for all 20 regular and      receiver vs. Det (11/11) … appeared on special teams
 postseason games in 2008 ... in season opener @ SF          in the final four games and played one series at center
 (9/7) helped clear the way for RB Edgerrin James sev-       vs. StL (12/30) in the season finale.
 enth 100-yard rushing game as a Cardinal ... member
 of line that did not allow a sack for the first time this   College:
 season vs. Buf (10/5); helped clear the way for Ari-        A versatile lineman, played in 49 career games, including
 zona to record three rushing TDs in back-to-back weeks      26 consecutive starts at center after moving from guard
 (@ NYJ, vs. Buf) for the first time since 1979 ... for      before his junior year … started all 13 games at center
 the second time in 2008 was part of an offensive line       for the second consecutive year as a senior and was a
 that did not allow a sack despite 42 pass attempts          member of the Rimington Trophy watch list (nation’s top
 vs. SF (11/10) ... member of an offensive line that         center) while also earning consensus first-team All-Big
 didn’t give up a sack @ Phi (11/27) ... helped James        12 honors ... voted team captain by his teammates …
 register his 57th career 100-yard game and eighth           started all 13 games at center as a junior after switching
 as a Cardinal in the season finale vs. Sea (12/28) ...      from guard, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors
 started first career playoff game and was part of line      from The Associated Press ... was a key part of a line that
 that allowed zero sacks vs. Atl (1/3/09) ... helped the     helped Texas rank first in the nation in scoring offense
 Cardinals run the ball a season-high 43 times for 145       (50.2 ppg), second in rushing offense (274.9 ypg) and
 yards @ Car (1/10/09) ... started Super Bowl XLIII vs.      third in total offense (512.1 ypg) … paved the way for
 Pit (2/1/09).                                               289 yards rushing and 556 yards of total offense in Texas’
     2007: Played in 12 games with two starts in rookie      41-38 Rose Bowl victory over USC for the National Cham-
 campaign … saw action at center after Johnson left          pionship … logged time as a backup center and guard in
 with an injured knee early in the third quarter of the      10 games as a sophomore, including the Longhorns win
 season opener @ SF (9/10) … made first career start         over Michigan in the Rose Bowl … as a redshirt freshman
 while helping James total 128 yards on 24 carries and       in 2003, appeared in all 13 games on offense and special
 was part of line that did not allow a sack in the home      teams … redshirted in 2002.

                         c A R d i n A L S i n T H E co M M U n iT Y
         Scottsdale native Lyle Sendlein returned to his home
      state of Arizona in 2007 and has been very visible out
      in the Valley community. The third-year player was one
      of the most active participants in the Cardinals and
      SRP “Milk and Cookies” program throughout the entire
      season. Sendlein read to students all over the Valley
      and made sure that on Tuesday’s, he was spending his
      time reading to children in the community.
         This past year, Sendlein also joined teammate Alex
      Shor to host a group of children from a homeless shel-
      ter at a Diamondbacks game. Sendlein also took part in the annual “Making the Cut” event to benefit
      Cardinals Charities and prior to Super Bowl XLIII, Sendlein and Neil Rackers took time away from
      their busy schedule to visit the Arizona Children’s Center at Maricopa Medical Center.
         That followed up his participation in 2007 when he helped out at the Cardinals and United Way
      “Hometown Huddle” to coach 100 students as well as 25 kids from the Special Olympics of Arizona
      to a kids camp at the Cardinals training facility. In the spring of 2008, Sendlein also volunteered
      for the “Read Across America” program at the Cardinals Preparatory Academy to help promote kids
      to read.


148                2008 nFc cHAMPionS
                                                            ... a first-team All-State, all-region and all-city selection
Personal:                                                   as a senior … also named the Valley’s 2000 Defensive
Full name Lyle Robert Sendlein … a Scottsdale, AZ           Player of the Year … father, Robin, played LB at UT
native, attended Chaparral High School where he was         (1977-80) and in the NFL for eight years with Minne-
a four-year letterman and three-year starter … helped       sota (1981-85), Miami (1986-87) and Houston (1988)
lead the team to back-to-back Arizona 4A State Cham-        … brother, Austin, was a defensive lineman and lettered
pionships in 1999-2000 and a 28-game winning streak         for the Longhorns from 2002-03.
                           S E n d L E i n c A R E E R S TAT S
                               Year                     Team                   GP/GS
                               2007                     Ariz                   12/2
                               2008                     Ariz                   16/16
                               Total                                           28/18

                                        SenDLein PoSTSeASon STATS
                               Year                Team           GP/GS
                               2008                Ariz            4/4
                               Total                               4/4



                          ALEx SHoR
                            49          TigHT End \ 6 - 8 \ 254
                          How Acquired: FA-06                             YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 1/1
                          college: Syracuse                               doB: January 29, 1983
                          Hometown: Panama City, FL


Pro Career:                                                 Syracuse career playing before his home-state crowd at
Originally signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie   Florida State and also served as one of the game cap-
free agent on 5/4/06, Shor attended training camp           tains … played in all 12 games as a junior in 2004 and
before being released on 8/21/06. Re-signed by Arizona      finished the season with one reception for 10 yards …
on 2/7/07 and allocated to the Berlin Thunder of NFL        played in four games as a sophomore in 2003 … did not
Europa where he played in nine games (one start) and        play any games as a redshirt freshman in 2002.
caught seven passes for 70 yards. Released by the Cardi-
nals on 8/31/07 and re-signed to the practice squad on      Personal:
12/24/07. Signed a futures contract for the 2008 season     Full name Alexander Benjamin Shor … attended J.R.
on 12/31/07 and was released following training camp        Arnold (Panama City, FL) High School where he earned a
on 8/30/08. Re-signed to the practice squad on 9/9/08       Panama City News Herald All-County Second Team selec-
where he spent the remainder of the season.                 tion at tight end as a senior … also played DE … did
   2008: Signed to the practice squad on 9/9 where he       not start playing football until his junior year of high
spent the remainder of the season and postseason.           school … team captain and MVP in football and soccer
                                                            … earned first team all-county honors in soccer … won
College:                                                    five varsity letters as a senior, including football, soccer,
Saw action in all 11 games, starting in three as a senior   track & field, weightlifting and academic recognition …
for Syracuse in 2005 … finished the season with eight       President of student government as a senior … selected
receptions for 88 yards … made the first start of his       for Arnold High School Hall of Fame.

                        c A R d i n A L S i n T H E co M M U n iT Y
     Tight end Alex Shor is a constant participant in the Valley community who can be found at Kids
  Camps, Gatorade Jr. Training Camps and as a reader at the SRP and Safeway Milk and Cookies pro-
  gram. During this past year, Shor also served as an instructor at the Cardinals annual High School
                                    Skills and Education camp and joined teammate Lyle Sendlein to
                                    host a group of children from a homeless shelter at an Arizona
                                    Diamondbacks game.
                                       Shor also took part in the Cardinals annual United Way Home-
                                    town Huddle event where he joined teammates to host 100 chil-
                                    dren at the Mercy Court Apartments in fitness activities and drills.
                                    The former Syracuse tight end also helped “Feed the Hungry” at
                                    the Phoenix Rescue Mission during Thanksgiving and passed out
                                    personalized teddy bears during the holiday season at the Phoenix
                                    Children’s Hospital as part of the annual “Teddy Bear Express.”


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                             STEPHEn SPAcH
                               83           TigHT End \ 6 - 4 \ 260
                             How Acquired: FA-08                               YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 4/2
                             college: Fresno State                             doB: July 18, 1982
                             Hometown: Clovis, CA


 Pro Career:                                                     … appeared as a reserve TE and on special teams vs. SD
 Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Phila-      (1/20/08) in the AFC Championship Game.
 delphia Eagles in 2005. Played one season with the Eagles           2006: Out of football after being released by the
 before being released on 9/2/06. After spending the 2006        Eagles on 9/2.
 season out of football, signed by the Vikings on 1/9/07 and         2005: Appeared in 13 games with one start for the
 released following training camp on 9/2/07. Signed by the       Eagles as a rookie … played primarily tight end for the first
 Patriots on 12/13/07 and appeared in three regular season       eight games of the season before taking snaps at both TE
 games and one postseason contest. Signed by the Cardinals       and FB in the last five games … appeared in his first NFL
 as a free agent on 10/28/08. Re-signed with the Cardinals       game @ Atl (9/12) … grabbed his first career reception,
 as an exclusive rights free agent on 2/26/09.                   a seven-yard pass from Donovan McNabb, vs. SF (9/18) …
     2008: Appeared in two games for the Patriots as a           saw significant action @ Was (11/6) after L.J. Smith suf-
 reserve before joining the Cardinals 10/28 … appeared           fered a concussion and finished with career-highs in recep-
 in nine regular season games (six starts) for Arizona and       tions (two) and yards (14).
 started both the postseason contests he played in before a
 knee injury ended his season … injury came a week after
                                                                 College:
 registering a career-best three receptions for 34 yards in      Tallied 38 career catches at Fresno State for 376 yards and
 the Wild Card victory over Atlanta, including a key third-      six TD receptions in 39 games ... capped off his senior sea-
 down conversion late in the game ... after only a few days      son with the game-winning TD reception in the Bulldogs’
 of practice saw action @ StL (11/2) and was part of offense     win over Virgnia in the MPC Computers Bowl … entered
 that posted a season-high 510 yards of total offense and        school as a walk-on but performed well as a freshman and
 177 yards rushing ... registered a regular season career-       earned a scholarship ... posted six catches for 75 yards and
 high with 15 yards on two receptions vs. StL (12/7);            two TDs as a senior in 2004 … competed in 12 games,
 marked first reception as a Cardinal and first since 2005       starting seven as a junior and made 13 catches for 127
 ... against his former team recorded first two special teams    yards … as a sophomore, played in all 14 games, starting
 tackles of career @ NE (12/21) … made first career post-        eight and had 11 receptions for 77 yards and three TDs ...
 season start and was second on the team with a career-high      as a freshman, played in 13 games, starting one and caught
 three receptions for 34 yards including clinching the game      eight passes for 97 yards and a TD … redshirted in 2000.
 with a 23-yard reception on third-and-16 that allowed the
 Cardinals to kneel down three times and run out the clock       Personal:
 in Wild Card game vs. Atl (1/3/09) ... suffered a right knee    Full name Stephen Joseph Spach … last name pronounced
 injury in the fourth quarter that ended his year in the Divi-   “Spock” … attended Clovis (CA) High School and was a
 sional Playoff @ Car (1/10/09) ... placed on injured reserve    standout in both football and basketball … the eighth of
 (right knee) on 1/13/09.                                        11 kids in his family (six brothers, four sisters) … a four-
     2007: Signed by the Patriots on 12/13 and appeared          time Academic all-conference pick at Fresno State where he
 in three games during the regular season … saw his first        earned a degree in commercial recreation and administra-
 action with the Patriots as a reserve TE vs. NYJ (12/16)        tion ... married to wife Katey.

                                   S PA c H c A R E E R S TAT S
                                                         Receiving
  Year          Team        GP/GS               no.          Yds                Avg            LG          TD           STT
  2005          Phi          13/1                 7            42               6.0             8           0             0
  2006          Out of Football
  2007          NE            3/0                 0               0             0.0             0            0            0
  2008          NE/Ari       11/6                 2              15             7.5             8            0            2
  Total                     29/7                  9              57             6.3             8            0            2
  Single Game Highs:
  Receptions: 2, twice, last vs. St. Louis, 12/7/08. Receiving Yards: 15, vs. St. Louis, 12/7/08.

                                              SPAcH PoSTSeASon STATS
  Year          Team          GP/GS            no.       Yds        Avg                       LG           TD           STT
  2007          NE             1/0               0         0         0.0                       0            0             0
  2008          Ariz           2/2               3        34       11.3                       23            0             1
  Total                        3/2               3        34       11.3                       23            0             1


150                2008 nFc cHAMPionS
                            BRiAn ST. PiERRE
                             2            qUARTERBAck \ 6 -3 \ 224
                            How Acquired: UFA-08                              Hometown: Salem, MA
                              (Steelers)                                      YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 7/2
                            college: Boston College                           doB: November 28, 1979


Pro Career:                                                      roster on 9/18 … served as emergency QB vs. Phi (11/7)
Originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round (163rd     … waived by Pittsburgh on 11/13 … signed to the Steel-
overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. Served as third quarterback      ers’ practice squad on 11/16 … signed to Pittsburgh’s
during entire rookie season and saw only NFL action in the       active roster on 12/31 … saw first game action of pro
final regular season game of 2004 @ Buf (1/2/05) when he         career and ran for a key first-down conversion late in the
also recorded his lone career pass attempt to date. Signed       fourth quarter on a two-yard naked bootleg while also
to Baltimore’s practice squad on 9/22/05 after being             attempting one pass @ Buf (1/2/05).
waived by the Steelers on 9/3/05. Signed to the Ravens               2003: Steelers’ third QB for all 16 games of rookie
active roster on 12/8/05 and served as the third QB for          season.
the final four games of the regular season. Signed with the
Steelers on 9/6/06 and did not see action in any game for        College:
Pittsburgh in 2006, spending time on both the active ros-        A two-year starter and offensive team captain for Boston
ter and the practice squad. Did not see any game action in       College … finished his career third on the school’s career-
2007 while serving as the emergency QB for first 15 games        record lists with 5,837 yards and 48 passing TDs, complet-
and the backup for the season finale. Signed a one-year          ing 457-of-803 attempts (56.9%) … started every game as
contract with the Cardinals on 3/31/08 and re-signed with        a senior, completing 237-of-407 passes (58.2%) for 2,983
the Cardinals on 3/2/09 as an unrestricted free agent.           yards and 18 TDs ... ranked 3rd in school history behind
    2008: Inactive 3rd quarterback for all 16 regular sea-       Glenn Foley (3,397 in 1993) and Doug Flutie (3,454 in 1984)
son games and all four postseason contests.                      with 2,983 passing yards … his 18 scores ranked 6th on the
    2007: Dressed as the emergency quarterback for the           school’s single-season list for TD passes … in 2001 took
first 15 games … served as Charlie Batch’s backup @ Bal          over the starting QB job as a junior, completing 149-of-279
(12/30) but did not play … served as the emergency QB            passes (53.4%) for 2,016 yards, 25 TDs and 10 INTs … only
in the AFC Wild Card game vs. Jax (1/5/08).                      Doug Flutie (27 in 1984) had more scoring passes in a sea-
    2006: Did not see any game action while spending             son for the Eagles … played in every game as a sophomore
time on both the active roster and the practice squad            in 2000 and started vs. Notre Dame when Tim Hasselbeck
throughout the season … served as Batch’s backup but             missed the game with a knee injury ... completed 47-of-77
did not play vs. Mia (9/7) … designated as the emer-             passes (61.0%) for 543 yards and four TDs while adding a TD
gency QB for the next two games … inactive @ SD                  on 13 carries … in 1999 completed 24-of-40 passes (60.0%)
(10/8) … released on 10/14 and re-signed on 10/16 …              for 295 yards and 1 TD as a redshirt freshman … redshirted
designated as the emergency QB for the next two games            as a true freshman in 1998 ... majored in Economics.
… inactive vs. Den (11/5) … released on 11/11 and re-
signed on 11/13 … inactive @ Cle (11/19) … dressed               Personal:
but did not play in the next two games … third QB for            Full name Brian St. Pierre … attended St. John’s (MA)
the final four games of the regular season.                      Prep … set every single-season and career QB record at
    2005: After spending training camp with Pittsburgh           the school (completions, attempts, TD passes, TD rushes,
was waived on 9/3 … signed to the Ravens practice                completion percentage and games played) ... threw for
squad on 9/22 … signed to Baltimore’s active roster on           3,700 yards in his career ... USA Today’s Massachusetts
12/8 … designated third quarterback for the final four           Co-Player of the Year ... was a three-year Catholic Con-
games of the regular season.                                     ference all-star choice ... served as team captain for
    2004: On and off the regular roster at different             the 1997 St. John’s team that finished 11-0, winning
points of the regular season … saw first NFL action and          the state and New England crowns … two-time Catholic
attempted first pass … signed by the Steelers on 4/13            Conference all-star in baseball … led St. John’s to the
... waived by Pittsburgh on 9/6 … signed to the Steelers’        1997-98 Catholic Conference basketball title ... married,
practice squad on 9/8 … signed to the Steelers’ active           his wife’s name is Jocelyn.
                           S T. P i E R R E c A R E E R S TAT S
                                                          Passing
                                                                                                           Yds
 Year         Team       GP/GS Att cmp             Pct.        Yds   Yds/Att TD      int      Lg     Sk    Lst    Rating
 2003         Pit         0/0    0   0              0.0          0     0.0    0        0       0      0      0       0.0
 2004         Pit         1/0    1   0              0.0          0     0.0    0        0       0      0      0      39.6
 2005         Bal         0/0    0   0              0.0          0     0.0    0        0       0      0      0       0.0
 2006         Pit         0/0    0   0              0.0          0     0.0    0        0       0      0      0       0.0
 2007         Pit         0/0    0   0              0.0          0     0.0    0        0       0      0      0       0.0
 2008         Ariz        0/0    0   0              0.0          0     0.0    0        0       0      0      0       0.0
 Total                    1/0   1    0             0.0           0     0.0    0        0       0      0      0     39.6


                                                                                    THE PLAYERS                            151
                  S T. P i E R R E c A R E E R S TAT S ( c o n T. )
                                                         Rushing
      Year                Team                   Att            Yds                  Avg               Lg              TD
      2003                Pit                      0              0                  0.0                0               0
      2004                Pit                      1              2                  2.0                2               0
      2005                Bal                      0              0                  0.0                0               0
      2006                Pit                      0              0                  0.0                0               0
      2007                Pit                      0              0                  0.0                0               0
      2008                Ariz                     0              0                  0.0                0               0
      Total                                       1               2                  2.0                2               0



                              PAgo TogAFAU
                               51           LinEBAckER \ 5 -11 \ 240
                              How Acquired: FA-08                             YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 3/2
                              college: Idaho State                            doB: January 10, 1984
                              Hometown: Long Beach, CA


  Pro Career:                                                   (11/18) … saw action on special teams in the final seven
  Originally signed with the Cardinals as a rookie free agent   games and totaled nine special teams tackles.
  on 4/30/07, but was released following training camp on
  8/31/07. Claimed by the Eagles on waivers on 9/1/07           College:
  and appeared in seven games before being released on          Finished his college career with 361 tackles, becoming the
  8/30/08. Signed to the Saints practice squad on 10/8/08       first player in Idaho State history to lead the team with
  and re-signed with the Cardinals off the New Orleans prac-    100+ tackles for three consecutive years … had his third
  tice squad on 11/4/08. Re-signed with the Cardinals on        consecutive year leading the Bengals in tackles in 2006,
  2/26/09 as an exclusive rights free agent.                    finishing with 116 stops as a senior and being named
      2008: Released by the Eagles on 8/30 and signed to        a first-team all-Big Sky selection and the Bengals 2006
  the Saints practice squad on 10/8 … signed by Arizona on      Defensive Player of the Year … collected 103 tackles as
  11/4 off the New Orleans practice squad and appeared in       a junior, was named first-team all-Big Sky conference and
  six regular season games and all four postseason games for    was also named ISU’s Team Most Valuable Player for the
  the Cardinals … collected 11 special teams tackles during     second consecutive year … finished his sophomore sea-
  the regular season despite appearing in just six games …      son with 122 tackles and ISU’s Team Most Valuable Player
  in first game as a Cardinal, registered three special teams   award … appeared in all 12 games as a backup LB and spe-
  tackles vs. SF (11/10) ... for second straight week regis-    cial teamer as a redshirt freshman collecting 23 tackles …
  tered a season-high three special teams tackles @ Sea         redshirted in 2002.
  (11/16) ... against his former team totaled one special
  teams tackle before leaving the game late in the third        Personal:
  quarter with a knee injury @ Phi (11/27) ... registered       Full name Pago Faao’o Togafau (pronounced PONG-o TONG-
  first three defensive tackles of career @ NE (12/21) ...      uh-fow) … his first name comes from the capital of Ameri-
  after being limited in practice for part of the week due      can Samoa, “Pago Pago” … lettered in football at Long
  to a knee injury went on to play in first career playoff      Beach (CA) Poly High School, one of the nation’s top prep
  game vs. Atl (1/3/09) ... played in Super Bowl XLIII vs.      programs and was a first team All-Moore League selection
  Pit (2/1/09).                                                 as a senior ... also named first team All-Press Telegram and
      2007: Claimed off waivers on 9/1 and was inactive for     First Team All-CIF … high school teammates of Philadel-
  first three weeks … DNP @ NYG (9/30) … inactive for the       phia Eagles OT Winston Justice and WR DeSean Jackson …
  following five games … played in first NFL game vs. Mia       earned a degree in sociology.
                               T o g A F A U c A R E E R S TAT S
                                      Tackles              Sacks               interceptions
      Year    Team    GP/GS      Solo Asst. Ttl           Sk Yds          int. Yds Lg TD            PD      FR   FF   STT
      2007    Phi      7/0          0      0  0          0.0     0          0     0   0    0         0       0    0     9
      2008    Ari      6/0          2      3  5          0.0     0          0     0   0    0         0       0    0    11
      Total           13/0          2      3  5          0.0     0          0     0 0 0              0       0    0    20

                                           ToGAFAu      PoSTSeASon STATS
                                      Tackles              Sacks         interceptions
      Year    Team    GP/GS      Solo Asst. Ttl           Sk Yds    int. Yds Lg TD                  PD      FR   FF   STT
      2008    Ari      4/0          0      0   0         0.0     0    0     0   0    0               0       0    0     1
      Total            4/0          0      0   0         0.0     0    0     0 0 0                    0       0    0     1


152                  2008 nFc cHAMPionS
                        jERHEmE uRbAn
                         85         widE REcEivER \ 6 -3 \ 207
                        How Acquired: WV-07 (Dal)                YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 6/3
                        college: Trinity University (TX)         doB: November 26, 1980
                        Hometown: Victoria, TX


Pro Career:                                                      noTE cARdS
Claimed off of waivers by the Cardinals on 9/2/07.
Spent the 2007 training camp with Dallas before       ■ For the second consecutive season, established
                                                        new career-highs in games played (16), starts
being released on 9/1/07. Urban joined the Cow-
                                                        (2), receptions (34), yards (448) and TDs (4) in
boys practice squad on 10/19/06. Originally signed
                                                        2008 with the Cardinals. His 34 receptions were
with Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent on       one shy of tying his combined output from his
5/1/03 and spent his first two seasons between          first five NFL seasons (2003-07).
the Seahawks practice squad and active roster.
Signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals on      ■ Recorded his first career 100-yard receiv-
3/26/08.                                                ing game against his former team in Seattle
    2008: Completed first career pass for 18 yards      (12/9/07) when he caught six passes for 123
@ Was (9/21), setting up a four-yard TD pass from       yards and a TD; became the first Cardinal
                                                        receiver other than Anquan Boldin or Larry
Kurt Warner to Anquan Boldin on the next play
                                                        Fitzgerald to record a 100-yard receiving game
to pull Arizona to within three late in the second
                                                        since 2002.
quarter ... registered four receptions for 51 yards
with a season-long of 23 @ Car (10/26); was one       ■ Brother, Caleb, played wide receiver at Trinity
of five receivers to record at least 40 receiving       University and Jerheme was in attendance for
yards ... registered career-long 56-yard TD recep-      the 2007 contest vs. Millsaps when Trinity
tion vs. StL (11/2) ... led team with season-high       turned in the 15-lateral pass play as time
82 yards on three receptions, including a               expired for a 28-24 victory.
50-yard TD vs. Min (12/14); marked second                        ing in first game since 2005, caught five
longest reception of his career and of the                        passes for 53 yards and recorded first
season; established a new single-season                            TD since 12/6/04 vs. Pit (9/30) …
career-high with three TD receptions                                with Boldin out for the third straight
... for the second straight                                         week due to injury, assisted with a
week saw increased action                                               team-long 42-yard reception vs.
with Boldin sidelined due                                                 Car (10/14) … made first start
to injury and recorded                                                     as a Cardinal recording three
a TD on four receptions                                                    receptions for 41 yards with a
against his former team                                                    long of 22 while recovering a
vs. Sea (12/28) ...                                                        Neil Rackers onside kick with
in first postseason                                                           21 seconds remaining @ Was
                                                                                (10/21) … had a big day
game registered two
                                                                                   against his former team,
receptions for seven
                                                                                    recording career-highs
yards vs. Atl (1/3/09)                                                               with six receptions for
... tied postseason long                                                             123 yards and one TD
with an 18-yard reception                                                            @ Sea (12/9).
vs. Pit (2/1/09) in Super                                                              2006: Signed to the
Bowl XLIII.                                               Dallas practice squad on 10/19 and remained
    2007: After spend-                                    there for the rest of the season.
ing training camp with                                      2005: Active for six weeks and played four
the Cowboys, was                                        games with the Seahawks, including one start …
released on 9/1 and                                     had seven catches for 151 yards (21.6 yard avg),
was claimed off waiv-                                   including a long of 46 yards, before being sidelined
ers by the Cardinals                                      by a foot injury.
on 9/2 … went on to                                              2004: After spending the season on the
record 22 receptions                                           Seahawks practice squad for the second con-
and two TDs in 10                                               secutive year, was promoted to the active
games with two                                                  roster and played in six games, including
starts for Ari-                                                one start … made NFL debut @ San Fran-
zona … play-                                                 cisco (11/17) and recorded his first career


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                         c A R d i n A L S i n T H E co m m u n iT Y
         Wide receiver Jerheme Urban is an
      active community participant in Ari-
      zona and in his home state of Texas.
      This past June, Urban hosted his second
      annual kids camp to work with quarter-
      backs, wide receivers and tight ends in
      Victoria, TX. The free camp focused on
      basic football fundamentals and the
      importance of weight training and a
      proper diet.
         Urban can also be found in the Valley
      community as a regular participant at
      the SRP Milk and Cookies program and
      by volunteering at Cardinals kids camps around the Valley. This past December, Urban joined
      Cardinals teammates to visit Phoenix Children’s Hospital to pass out personalized teddy bears
      during the holiday season as part of the annual “Teddy Bear Express.”
 catch for 17 yards … had two catches vs. Buf (11/28)    yards in a career and season … also the only athlete
 and scored his first career TD in a Monday night game   in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference history to
 vs. Dal (12/6) in which he had two catches for 38       earn Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year four years
 yards … finished the season with six catches for 117    in a row … holds school or conference records in the
 yards (19.5 yards-per-catch) … missed the final two     100, 400, 400 hurdles, long jump, triple jump and 4 x
 regular season games and a playoff game with a foot     400 relay … qualified for nationals in those six events
 injury.                                                 as well as the javelin in his four years at Trinity.
    2003: Signed with Seattle on 5/1 as an undrafted
 rookie free agent … attended training camp with the     Personal:
 Seahawks and was signed to the team’s practice squad,   Full name Jerheme Wayne Urban … first name pro-
 where he remained until he was signed to the active     nounced “Jeremy” … attended Stroman (TX) High
 roster on 12/26 … inactive @ SF (12/27) and in the      School … was a second-team District 29 5A quarter-
 Wild Card game @ GB (1/4/04).                           back as a junior and senior … was first-team All-State
                                                         Academic team (QB) as a senior … ran track and was
 College:                                                the District 29 5A Newcomer of the Year in soccer …
 Led Trinity with 75 receptions for 1,274 yards and 19   grew up on a working cattle ranch … wife Emily also
 TDs in his senior season … holds Trinity records for    ran track at Trinity … graduated with a social studies
 career TDs (40), season TDs (19) and kickoff return     composite degree from Trinity.

                              u R b A n c A R E E R S TAT S
                                                  Receiving
  Year            Team       GP/GS         No.         Yds             Avg          LG           TD        STT
  2003            Sea          0/0           0            0            0.0           0            0          0
  2004            Sea          6/1           6         117            19.5          33            1          0
  2005            Sea          4/1           7         151            21.6          46            0          0
  2006            Dal          0/0           0            0            0.0           0            0          0
  2007            Ariz        10/2          22         329            15.0          42            2          2
  2008            Ariz        16/2          34         448            13.2         56t            4          9
  Total                      36/6          69        1,045            15.1         56t            7         11
  Single Game Highs:
  Receiving Yards: 123, @ Seattle, 12/9/07; Receptions: 6, @ Seattle, 12/9/07; Long: 56t, @ St. Louis,
  11/2/08; Touchdowns: 1, seven times, last vs. Seattle, 12/28/08.
  Additional statistics:
  Passing: 1-1, 18 yards @ Washington, 9/21/08. Kickoff Returns: 1 for 1 yard, @ Philadelphia,
  11/27/08.

                                        URbAN PoSTSeASoN STATS
                                               Receiving
  Year            Team       GP/GS        No.       Yds       Avg                   LG           TD        STT
  2008            Ariz        4/0           6        48        8.0                  18            0          1
  Total                       4/0          6         48        8.0                  18            0          1


154               2008 nFc cHAmPionS
                           URBAN GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
                                                     Receiving
 2008                                                        2007
 Date       opp   GP/GS No. Yds Avg. Lg TD STT Date  opp    GP/GS No. Yds Avg Lg TD STT
 Sept. 7    @ SF 1/0 0        0 0.0   0 0 1 Sept. 10 @ SF            Inactive
 Sept. 14      MIA 1/1 0      0 0.0   0 0 0 Sept. 16    SEA          Inactive
 Sept. 21   @ Was 1/0 0       0 0.0   0 0 0 Sept. 23 @ Bal           Inactive
 Sept. 28   @ NYJ 1/0 5 50 10.0 14t 1 0 Sept. 30        PIT 1/0 5 53 10.6 20 1 0
 Oct. 5        BUF 1/0 3 10 3.3       7 0 0 Oct. 7 @ StL 1/0 3 28 9.3 14 0 0
 Oct. 12       DAL 1/0 1      1 1.0   1 0 2 Oct. 14     CAR 1/0 1 42 42.0 42 0 0
 Oct. 26    @ Car 1/0 4 51 12.8 23 0 0 Oct. 21 @ Was 1/1 3 41 13.7 22 0 0
 Nov. 2     @ StL 1/0 1 56 56.0 56t 1 0 Nov. 4 @ TB 1/0 1 12 12.0 12 0 1
 Nov. 10       SF 1/0 4 38 9.5 16 0 0 Nov. 11           DET 1/0 0        0 0.0       0 0 0
 Nov. 16    @ Sea 1/0 1       9 9.0   9 0 2 Nov. 18 @ Cin            Inactive
 Nov. 23       NYG 1/0 5 69 13.8 32 0 2 Nov. 25         SF           Inactive – Heel
 Nov. 27    @ Phi 1/0 1       3 3.0   3 0 0 Dec. 2      CLE          Inactive – Heel
 Dec. 7        STL 1/0 0      0 0.0   0 0 0 Dec. 9 @ Sea 1/1 6 123 20.5 38 1 0
 Dec. 14       MIN 1/0 3 82 27.3 50t 1 0 Dec. 16 @ NO 1/0 0              0 0.0       0 0 0
 Dec. 21    @ NE 1/0 2 36 18.0 28 0 0 Dec. 23           ATL 1/0 2 17 8.5             9 0 0
 Dec. 28       SEA 1/1 4 43 10.8 16t 1 2 Dec. 30        STL 1/0 1 13 13.0 13 0 1
 Total            16/2 34 448 13.2 56t 4 9 Total            10/2 22 329 15.0 42 2 2
 Jan. 3        ATL   1/0     2  7 3.5          5 0       0
 Jan. 10 @     Car   1/0     2  5 2.5          8 0       0
 Jan. 18       PHI   1/0     1 18 18.0        18 0       1
 Feb. 1        PIT   1/0     1 18 18.0        18 0       0
 Postseason          1/0     6 48 8.0         18 0       1


                           ELLioT vALLEjo
                            68           TAcKLE \ 6 -7 \ 312
                           How Acquired: FA-07                            YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 2/2
                           college: California-Davis                      doB: May 17, 1984
                           Hometown: Salinas, CA


Pro Career:                                                  College:
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Arizona          After transferring from UCLA following the 2002 season,
on 4/30/07 and was released following training camp          went on to start 32 consecutive games for Cal-Davis …
on 8/31/07. Signed to the Cardinals’ practice squad on       started all 11 games in 2006 and earned All-Great West
9/3/07, where he spent the remainder of the season.          Football Conference first-team recognition as well as
Re-signed by Arizona on 12/31/07. After making               the team’s Outstanding Lineman Award … started all 11
the roster following training camp, was released on          games as a junior while being voted to the All-Great West
11/26/08 and re-signed to the practice squad on              Football Conference second-team … started all 10 games
12/1/08. Elevated to the 53-man roster on 12/19/08.          at right tackle as a sophomore … appeared in four games
Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals as an          as a reserve in his first year with the Aggies … on the
                                                             UCLA roster but did not play in 2002.
exclusive rights free agent on 2/26/09.
   2008: After making the team in training camp,             Personal:
bounced between the active roster and the practice           Full name Elliot Louis Vallejo … last name pronounced
squad ... did not play in the first 11 games of the season   vuh-LAY-ho … capped four-year career at Palma (CA) High
… released by the Cardinals on 11/26 … signed to the         School by earning All-State, all-Central Coast Section,
practice squad on 12/1 ... signed to the Cardinals active    all-county, and All-Valley honors as a senior … named
roster from the practice squad on 12/19 ... inactive for     Monterey Bay League’s Outstanding Lineman of the Year ...
the last two games of the regular season and all four        selected for North-South Shrine All-Star game ... team went
postseason games.                                            23-2-1 and won back-to-back section titles in his last two
   2007: Spent the season on the Cardinals practice          years ... competed in track & field, capturing All-MBL hon-
squad.                                                       ors in discus and named Most Valuable Field Athlete in 2002
                                                             ... was also a star wrestler, winning MBL title in 2001.
                             vA L L E j o c A R E E R S TAT S
                                Year                     Team                  GP/GS
                                2008                     Ariz                   0/0
                                Total                                           0/0


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                          cHRiS vincEnT
                           30         Running bAcK \ 6 -1 \ 218
                          How Acquired: FA-08                        YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 1/1
                          college: Oregon                            doB: September 3, 1981
                          Hometown: Philadelphia, PA



 Pro Career:                                             10 of 13 games as part of a multiple-back concept
 Originally signed by Detroit as an undrafted rookie     as a redshirt freshman … recorded two starts and
 free agent on 5/16/07 but was released on 6/14/07.      182 rushing yards on 56 attempts … sat out 2002
 Signed to a one-year contract by Arizona on 4/8/08      season to comply with transfer requirements after
 and was released on 7/26/08. Re-signed by the Car-      transferring from Louisiana State following spring
 dinals on 8/20/08 and released again during final       and fall workouts.
 roster cuts on 8/30/08. After spending the 2008
 season out of football, signed a one-year contract      Personal:
 with the Cardinals on 2/26/09.                          Full name Christopher Adam Vincent … in 1999, reg-
                                                         istered 1,245 rushing yards and 16 TDs as a senior
 College:                                                at Neshaminy (Langhorne, PA) High School and was
 As a senior, registered 41 yards on 10 attempts         named to the Bucks County Courier Times first-team
 in just five games before a knee injury ended his       all-area … completed the prep circuit rushing for
 season … converted to linebacker as a junior and        458 yards and two TDs at Valley Forge (PA) Military
 appeared in a reserve role for all 12 games … key       Academy in 2000 … named all-league running back,
 contributor on special teams ranking fourth in          Trentonian (N.J.) Times all-area and was voted to
 tackles with 10 on the kickoff team and 13 over-        play in the all-county all-star game as one of the top
 all as well as recovered one fumble … appeared in       athletes in the state of Pennsylvania.



                          mATT wARE
                           22         SAFETY \ 6 -2 \ 215
                          How Acquired: WV-06 (Phi)                  YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 6/4
                          college: UCLA                              doB: December 2, 1982
                          Hometown: Santa Monica, CA


 Pro Career:                                             game in the second quarter due to an injury and
 Originally a third-round pick (89th overall) by the     registered one tackle @ Sea (11/16) ... inactive
 Philadelphia Eagles in the 2004 NFL Draft. Released     (head) @ Phi (11/27) and vs. StL (12/7) ... in 70th
 by the Eagles on 9/2/06 and claimed by the Cardi-       career game, tied career-high with five tackles and
 nals the next day. Signed a two-year contract with      one QB hit before leaving the game with a strained
 Arizona on 3/31/08.                                     calf @ NE (12/21) ... played in second career Super
     2008: Started one of 13 regular season games        Bowl vs. Pit (2/1/09) after losing to the Patriots in
 played and appeared in all four postseason games        2004 as a member of the Eagles.
 despite dealing with injuries at the end of the sea-       2007: Saw action in 15 games for Arizona,
 son ... in the season opener recovered a Neil Rack-     recording 12 tackles and seven special teams tack-
 ers pooch kickoff in the third quarter @ SF (9/7);      les … inactive for week three contest @ Bal (9/23)
 the recovery led to a Cardinals TD and the game         … appeared on special teams and saw action on
 winning points ... made second career start as part     defense vs. Pit (9/30) … recorded one special
 of six DB package and totaled four tackles as well      teams tackle and saw limited action on defense @
 as one QB hit @ NYJ (9/28) ... recorded season-         StL (10/7) … in 50th career game, recorded first
 high three special teams tackles, three solo tackles    three tackles of the season vs. Det (11/11) … with
 and one tackle for loss when he chased down QB          SS Adrian Wilson out (IR-heel), saw increased role
 Tony Romo after a botched snap on third down late       down the stretch registering at least one tackle
 in the third quarter vs. Dal (10/12) ... totaled sea-   and one special teams tackle in five of the last
 son-high three special teams tackles vs. SF (11/10)     seven games.
 ... saw some time at CB after Rod Hood left the            2006: Appeared in 14 games for Arizona and
                                                         earned his first NFL start vs. StL (9/24) … saw


156              2008 nFc cHAmPionS
extensive action as a reserve CB garnering two          College:
tackles @ Sea (9/17); entered the game at right         A three-year starter for the Bruins at both cor-
corner when Eric Green left with an injury …            nerback and free safety … recorded 117 tack-
received the first start of his career at right CB,     les, a sack, eight interceptions and two blocked
collecting four tackles, one pass defensed and a        kicks during his career … in 2001 became the
forced fumble vs. StL (9/24) … inactive vs. KC          first true freshman to start every game and was
(10/8) … appeared on special teams recording one        named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year by The Sport-
tackle vs. Chi (10/16) … inactive (shoulder) @ GB       ing News … switched to free safety for the first
(10/29); vs. Dal (11/12) … recorded two special         three games of 2002 before returning back to CB
teams tackles @ StL (12/3) … collected a game-          … despite the position change earned first-team
high three special teams tackles vs. Den (12/17) …      All-Pac 10 honors with a career-high 51 tackles,
recorded two special teams tackles @ SF (12/24);        an interception, a sack, two forced fumbles, and
@ SD (12/31).                                           a blocked punt.
   2005: Provided the Eagles one of their most
memorable wins after picking up a blocked FG and
returning it 65 yards for the game-winning TD vs.       Personal:
SD (10/23); down 17-13 with only 2:37 left in regu-     Full name Matthew Jesse Ware … attended Loy-
lation, Quintin Mikell blocked a 40-yard FG attempt     ola (Los Angeles, CA) High School … earned USA
by the Chargers Nate Kaeding and Ware’s TD return       Today and Parade All-America honors … as a senior
provided the game’s final points; it marked the first   passed for over 1,000 yards and 16 TDs and rushed
time in Eagles history that an opponent’s field goal    for 1,161 yards and 17 more TDs … added 59 tack-
was blocked and returned for a TD … ranked second       les, four interceptions and six forced fumbles on
in special teams unit production points (169) and       defense … also lettered in track and baseball
fourth in tackles (17) … recovered a fumble on spe-     … selected in the 21st round of the 2001 Major
cial teams that led to an Eagles TD vs. GB (11/27).     League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners as
   2004: Finished tied for fifth on the team in         a centerfielder; spent the summers of 2002 and
special teams tackles (15) and sixth in production      2003 in the Valley playing centerfield for the Peo-
points (132) … saw first NFL game action vs. Car        ria Mariners of MLB’s rookie league … brother,
(10/17) and recorded one tackle on defense and          Aaron, is currently a senior strong safety at UCLA
special teams … notched a career-high five tackles      … along with his wife, Dana, the couple have one
with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery @        daughter, Jaiden.
StL (12/27) … recorded four solo tackles in Super
Bowl XXXIX vs. NE (2/6/05).

                              wA R E c A R E E R S TAT S
                                Tackles            Sacks             Interceptions
 Year     Team    GP/GS    Solo Asst.     Ttl     Sk Yds        Int. Yds Lg TD        PD   FR    FF   STT
 2004     Phi     12/0        9      2    11     0.0     0        0     0   0    0     0    1     1    15
 2005     Phi     16/0        5     10    15     0.0     0        0     0   0    0     2    0     0    17
 2006     Ariz    14/1        6      1     7     0.0     0        0     0   0    0     1    0     1    14
 2007     Ariz    15/0        7      5    12     0.0     0        0     0   0    0     0    0     0     7
 2008     Ariz    13/1        9      5    14     0.0     0        0     0   0    0     0    0     0    12
 Total            70/2      36      23    59     0.0     0        0     0   0 0        3    1     2    65
 Single Game Highs:
 Tackles: 5, twice, last @ New England, 12/21/08; Solo Tackles: 5, @ St. Louis, 12/27/04;
 Forced Fumbles: 1, twice, last vs. St. Louis, 9/24/06; Fumble Recoveries: 1, @ St. Louis,
 12/27/04.
 Additional Career Statistics:
 Touchdown: 1 vs. San Diego, 10/23/05 (65-yd return of a blocked FG, K Nate Keading, block by
 Quentin Mikell).

                                       WARe PoSTSeASoN STATS
                                Tackles         Sacks         Interceptions
 Year     Team    GP/GS    Solo Asst. Ttl      Sk Yds    Int. Yds Lg TD               PD   FR    FF   STT
 2004     Phi      3/0        4      0   4    0.0     0    0     0   0    0            1    0     0     1
 2008     Ariz     4/0        1      1   2    0.0     0    0     0   0    0            0    0     0     1
 Total             7/0        5      1   6    0.0 0.0      0     0   0 0               1    0     0     2




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                                 KuRT wARnER
                                   13             quARTERbAcK \ 6 -2 \ 214
                                 How Acquired: UFA-05                                       Hometown: Burlington, IA
                                  (Giants)                                                  YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 12/5
                                 college: Northern Iowa                                     doB: June 22, 1971
                                           Pro Bowl selection: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008

                                                     noTE cARdS
                                   2008 cARdinALS HigHLigHTS
  ■ In 2008, was honored as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the              ■ Recorded his third career game with a perfect passer rating of 158.3
    Year for his community service and selected as a starter for his        in week two in 2008 against the Dolphins, completing 19-of-24
    fourth career Pro Bowl (1999, 2000, 2001) after ranking at or           passes for 361 yards and three TDs. His three career perfect games
    near the top of the NFL in nearly every major passing category          tie him with Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning for the NFL record.
    in 2008: 598 attempts (3rd), 401 completions (2nd), 67.1              ■ Including the run to Super Bowl XLIII, Warner has now started
    completion percentage (2nd), 4,583 yards (2nd), 30 passing              a career-high 31 consecutive games dating back the 2007
    TDs (3rd), 96.9 passer rating (3rd).                                    season. His longest previous starts streak was 28, which he
  ■ Was also awarded the “Good Guy Award” from the Pro Football Writers     reached between 2000 and 2002.
    Association for the player who most helps the media do its job.
                                                                          ■ His 401 completions in 2008 represent the fifth-highest
  ■ In 2008, established Cardinals regular season franchise records for     single-season total in NFL history behind Drew Brees (440 in
    attempts (598), completions (401), completion percentage (67.1),        2007, 413 in ’08), Rich Gannon (418 in 2002) and Warren Moon
    passer rating (96.9), TD passes (30) and consecutive games with a       (404 in 1991).
    TD pass (22). He also passed for 4,583 yards, the second-highest
    total in franchise history (Neil Lomax—4,614, 1984).                  ■ Threw for 1,147 yards in the 2008 playoffs, an NFL record for
                                                                            most passing yards in a single postseason. It topped the record
  ■ After recording the highest completion percentage in Cardinals
                                                                            he set in 1999 with the Rams when he threw for 1,063 yards.
    history in 2008 (67.1%), now has the three highest single season
    completion percentage totals in franchise history. He completed       ■ In 2005, helped the Cardinals rank as the league’s #1 ranked
    64.5 percent of his passes in 2005 and 62.3 percent in 2007.            passing offense for the first time in team history.
                                               cAREER HigHLigHTS
  ■ A two-time NFL MVP (1999 and 2001); was also named Super              ■ Recorded nine 300-yard passing games in both 1999 and 2001
    Bowl XXXIV MVP after leading the Rams to a victory over the             (NFL single-season record is 10 by Oakland’s Rich Gannon in 2002
    Tennessee Titans (1/30/00).                                             and New Orleans’ Drew Brees in 2008).
  ■ A four-time Pro Bowler, has led the NFL in passing yardage,           ■ Holds a share of the NFL record for most consecutive 300-yard
    completion percentage and average gain per attempt three                passing games with six in 2000 (shares with Rich Gannon, 2002,
    times each, has had the highest QB rating and led the league            and San Francisco’s Steve Young, 1998).
    in TD passes twice.
                                                                          ■ Became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 passing
  ■ Threw for 377 yards in Super Bowl XLIII vs. the Steelers, the           yards, accomplishing the feat in his 36th career game.
    second-highest total in Super Bowl history, behind the 414
    yards he threw for against Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV. He          ■ Playing in his 76th career game on 9/24/06 vs. St. Louis,
    now has the top three passing totals in Super Bowl history,             became the second fastest quarterback to reach 20,000 yards
    having also thrown for 365 yards against New England in Super           in NFL history (Dan Marino, 74).
    Bowl XXXVI. He is the only QB in Super Bowl history with three        ■ Has thrown for 300 yards 48 times in his 109-game career. He has
    300-yard performances.                                                  thrown for 300 yards in 44.0% of his games for his career, by far
  ■ Has now totaled 1,156 yards passing in his three Super Bowl             the highest percentage among all-time players with 100 games
    appearances, the most passing yards of any QB in Super Bowl             played (Dan Fouts is 2nd with 28.2%).
    history.                                                              ■ After throwing for 351 yards against the Giants in Week 12 of the
  ■ After his 377-yard performance against the Steelers in Super            2008 season, eclipsed 40,000 career passing yards and has now
    Bowl XLIII, Warner has now passed for at least 365 yards in five        thrown for a total of 41,178 yards as a pro. Passed for 10,486
    postseason games, extending his NFL record.                             yards in three seasons with the Arena Football League’s Iowa
  ■ Became just the second QB (Craig Morton, Dallas and Denver) in          Barnstormers (1995-97) and 2,101 in his one season with the
    NFL history to start a Super Bowl for two different teams. After        Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe (1998) and has thrown for
    leading the St. Louis Rams to Super Bowl appearances in 1999            28,591 yards in the NFL.
    and 2001, guided the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII, becoming          ■ After going 3-1 during the 2008 postseason, has now compiled
    just the third QB in NFL history (John Elway-8, Craig Morton-7)         an 8-3 record in the playoffs and has thrown for 3,368 yards and
    to start a Super Bowl seven or more years apart.                        26 TDs in 11 postseason games, an average of 306.2 yards and
  ■ Career completion percentage of 65.4% entering 2009 ranks #2            2.4 TDs per game.
    in NFL history behind only Chad Pennington (66.0%).                   ■ Despite starting in only 11 games and playing much of the
  ■ Entering 2009, his career QB rating of 93.8 ranks #3 in NFL histo-      season with a torn ligament in his non-throwing elbow suffered
    ry behind only Steve Young (96.8) and Peyton Manning (94.7).            in his first start of 2007, threw 27 TD passes.
  ■ Warner’s 4,830 passing yards in 2001 represent the third-highest      ■ Threw for a career-high 484 yards vs. San Francisco in week
    single-season total in NFL history (Dan Marino, 5,084 in 1984;          12 of 2007, the second-highest yardage total in franchise
    Drew Brees, 5,069 in 2008).                                             history.


158                  2008 nFc cHAmPionS
Pro Career:                                          NYJ 11/23/75; 79-yard TD pass to Anquan Boldin
Originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an     and 75-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald in the first
undrafted free agent on 4/28/94 but was released     quarter marked only the second time in team his-
on 8/17/04. Went on to play in the Arena Foot-       tory that the Cardinals had two pass plays of 75
ball League with the Iowa Barnstormers (1995-97)     yards or more in the same game with the other com-
before signing with the St. Louis Rams on 12/26/97   ing on 10/13/74 vs. Dal ... had an up and down day
as a free agent. Allocated to NFL Europe where       with three INTs and three lost fumbles while also
he played for the Amsterdam Admirals during the      registering 472 passing yards (second highest pass-
1998 NFL Europe season. Played six seasons for the   ing total of his career and most in a non-overtime
Rams (1998-2003) before signing with the Giants      game) as well as setting a career and franchise
on 6/3/04 as an unrestricted free agent. Signed a    record with 40 completions on 57 attempts @ NYJ
one-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/6/05 as    (9/28) … in 100th career game totaled 381 yards
an unrestricted free agent and inked a three-year    on 35-of-49 passing vs. Car (10/26) ... surpassed
pact with Arizona on 2/14/06 following the 2005      10,000 passing yards as a Cardinal with 328 yards
season. Re-signed with the Cardinals on 3/4/09,      vs. SF (11/10); became the fifth QB in Cardinals
agreeing to a two-year contract as an unrestricted   history to eclipse 10,000 passing yards ... became
free agent.                                          first QB in franchise history with four consecutive
   2008: Started all 16 regular season and four      300-yard games by registering 395 yards @ Sea
postseason games, setting numerous franchise         (11/16); joined Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Dan
passing records and earning his fourth career trip   Fouts as the only QBs with three separate streaks
to the Pro Bowl … named NFC Offensive Player of      of four-plus games over 300 yards ... against former
the Week after posting a perfect passer rating of    team totaled 351 yards vs. NYG (11/23); eclipsed
158.3 vs. Mia (9/14); became the first Cardinal QB   40,000 career passing yards as a pro QB ... recorded
to post a perfect passer rating since Jim Hart @     235 passing yards @ Phi (11/27) which gave him

        wA R n E R ’ S R E co R d b R E A K i n g 2 0 0 8 S E A S o n
   Kurt Warner broke just about every major franchise passing record in 2008. In leading the
 Cardinals to the playoffs, Warner’s totals ranked #1 or #2 all-time in passing yards, attempts,
 completions, TDs, completion percentage, passer rating and consecutive games with a TD pass.

 PASSING YARDS                     ComPLeTIoNS                            ATTemPTS
 Yards Player (Year)               Comp Player                 Year       Att Player              Year
 4,614 Neil Lomax (1984)           401   KURT WARNeR           2008       598 KURT WARNeR        2008
 4,583 KURT WARNeR (2008)          345   Neil Lomax            1984       560 Neil Lomax         1984
 3,737 Jake Plummer (1998)         304   Jake Plummer          2001       547 Jake Plummer       1998
 3,653 Jake Plummer (2001)               Dave Krieg            1995       530 Jake Plummer       2002
 3,554 Dave Krieg (1995)           284   Jake Plummer          2002       525 Jake Plummer       2001

 PASSeR   RATING                   PASSING TDS                            ComP. PeRCeNTAGe
 Rate     Player         Year      TDs Player                 Year        Pct Player              Year
 96.9     KURT WARNeR    2008      30    KURT WARNeR          2008        67.1 KURT WARNeR       2008
 92.5     Neil Lomax     1984      28    Neil Lomax           1984        64.5 KURT WARNeR       2005
 92.0     Neil Lomax     1983            Charley Johnson      1963        62.3 KURT WARNeR       2007
 91.2     Ray Mallouf    1948      27    KURT WARNeR          2007        61.7 Steve Beuerlein   1993
 89.8     KURT WARNeR    2007      24    Neil Lomax           1983, 84    61.6 Neil Lomax        1984

                                                  CoNSeCUTIve GAmeS WITH A TD PASS
                                       Games   Player
                                       22      KURT WARNeR (GmS 9-16 IN 2007, GmS 1-14 IN 2008)
                                       19      Neil Lomax (Game 9 in 1983-Game 11 in 1984)
                                       16      Charley Johnson (Game 4 in 1964-Game 5 in 1965)
                                       14      Neil Lomax (Games 1-2, 6-15 in 1987; Games 1-2 in 1988)

                                          Warner’s 401 completions on the season not only
                                       established a new franchise record, it also ranks as the
                                       fifth-highest total in NFL history behind Drew Brees (440,
                                       2007), Rich Gannon (418, 2002), Drew Brees (413, 2008)
                                       and Warren Moon (404, 1991).


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            wA R n E R L i g H T S u P P o S T S E A S o n — Ag A i n
     Against a Steelers pass defense that had not allowed a QB
  to throw for over 230 yards all season, Kurt Warner threw for
  377 yards in Super Bowl XLIII, the second-highest total in
  Super Bowl history. He now has the top three passing performances
  in Super Bowl history.
                                  moST YARDS IN SUPeR boWL GAme
                         Yards     Player (Team)          Super bowl
                         414       KURT WARNeR (STL)      XXXIv vS. TeN
                         377       KURT WARNeR (AZ)       XLIII vS. PIT
                         365       KURT WARNeR (STL)      XXXvI vS. Ne
                         357       Joe Montana (SF)       XXIII vs. Cin
                                   Donovan McNabb (Phi)   XXXIX vs. NE
     Warner has now totaled 1,156 yards passing in his three Super Bowl appearances, the most passing
  yards of any QB in Super Bowl history, despite playing in just three games.
                                 CAReeR PASSING YARDS—SUPeR boWL
                         Yards      Player                     Games
                         1,156      KURT WARNeR                  3
                         1,142      Joe Montana                  4
                         1,128      John Elway                   5
                         1,001      Tom Brady                    4
                         932        Terry Bradshaw               4
     In all, Warner threw for 1,147 yards in the 2008 postseason, an NFL record for most passing yards in a
  single postseason. It topped the record he set in 1999 with the Rams when he threw for 1,063 yards.
                            moST    PASSING YARDS—SINGLe PoSTSeASoN
                         Yards       Player             Team
                         1,147       KURT WARNeR        2008 CARDINALS
                         1,063       KURT WARNeR        1999 RAmS
                         1,034       Peyton Manning     2006 Colts
                         1,001       Dan Marino         1984 Dolphins
     Warner has now compiled an 8-3 record in the playoffs and has thrown for 3,368 yards and 26 TDs
  in 11 postseason games, an average of 306.2 yards and 2.4 TDs per game.
  Year       GP/GS        Att        Cmp       Pct.         Yds      Yds/Att        TD      Int      Rate
  1999       3/3          121         77       63.6       1,063         8.79         8        4     100.0
  2000       1/1           40         24       60.0         365         9.13         3        3      83.9
  2001       3/3          107         68       63.6         793         7.41         4        3      86.7
  2008       4/4          135         92       68.1       1,147         8.50        11        3     112.2
  Total      11/11        403        261       64.8       3,368         8.36        26       13      98.9
     After his 377-yard performance against the Steelers, Warner has now passed for at least 365 yards
  in five postseason games, extending his NFL record.
                           PoSTSeASoN GAmeS WITH 365+ YARDS PASSING
                              Games         Player
                                 5          KURT WARNeR
                                 3          Peyton Manning
                                 2          Jeff George, Dan Marino

    Warner’s 98.9 career passer rating in the playoffs is now the second-highest rating in history among
  QBs with at least 150 attempts. He posted a 112.2 QB rating in the 2008 playoffs with the Cardinals.
                         PoSTSeASoN PASSeR RATING—mIN. 150 ATTemPTS
  Player                    Att       Com           Yds        TD                        INT         Rate
  Bart Starr                213        130       1,753         15                          3        104.8
  KURT WARNeR               403        261       3,368         26                         13         98.9
  Joe Montana               734        460       5,772         45                         21         95.6
  Ken Anderson              166        110       1,321          9                          6         93.5
  Joe Theismann             211        128        1,782        11                          7         91.4


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3,741 passing yards for the season, the second          remaining; improved to 3-0 in Conference Cham-
highest total in franchise history ... against for-     pionships ... registered 377 yards passing and two
mer team completed 24-of-33 passes for comple-          TDs vs. Pit (2/1/09) to record the second-highest
tion percentage of 72.7 vs. StL (12/7); with 347        total in Super Bowl history, behind the 414 yards he
completions on the season surpassed Neil Lomax          threw for against Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV.
(345 in 1984) for the franchise record ... registered      2007: Began season as backup but then started
one TD vs. Min (12/14); marked the franchise record     final 11 games after Matt Leinart suffered season
22nd consecutive game he had thrown at least            ending collarbone injury in week five … before Lei-
one TD pass ... made 100th career start and                  nart’s injury, the two split duties in games three
attempted 18 passes @ NE (12/21) to sur-                        and four when Warner came in to run a spe-
pass Neil Lomax (560 attempts in 1984)                             cial “no huddle” package … played most of
for the single season franchise record                              the season with a brace on his left elbow
for pass attempts ... recorded a passer                               after tearing a ligament vs. Car (10/14)
rating of 117.1 and for the first time                                … 27 TDs was the second highest single
since 12/17/01 (vs. NO) he registered                                 season total in team history … saw
four TD passes vs. Sea (12/28); gave                                        action in his 80th career game as
him a franchise record 30 TD passes on                                            part of no huddle package
the season ... recorded two of the top                                              and registered 258 yards
four longest pass plays in fran-                                                     on 15-of-20 passing with
chise postseason history with                                                           two TDs and a passer
a 42-yard TD to Fitzgerald and                                                            rating of 150.0 @ Bal
a 71-yard TD to Boldin vs.                                                                 (9/23) … shared time
Atl (1/3/09); 71-yard TD                                                                    with Leinart for the
also marked the fourth                                                                      second straight week
longest TD pass in                                                                        recording a team-high
Wild Card playoff his-                                                                132 yards and one TD vs.
tory ... for the second                                                              Pit (9/30) … against for-
straight week helped set                                                            mer team came on in relief
a franchise postseason-                                                               of Leinart, who left the
high with 33 points scored                                                            game in the second quar-
while throwing two TDs @ Car                                                           ter with a season-ending
(1/10/09) ... recorded a career                                                        collarbone injury @ StL
playoff best passer rating of 145.7                                                    (10/7) … started vs. Car
and the second best postseason                                                           (10/14) and completed
completion percentage of his career                                                      both passes before
(75.0) vs. Phi (1/18/09); went 5-5 for                                                   injuring left elbow on
56 yards while leading the Cards on a                                                    sack by Julius Peppers
14-play drive that consumed 7:52                                                         in the first quarter …
off the clock and gave Arizona                                                           despite torn ligament,
the lead for good with 2:53                                                              started the following @

    wHERE HE FiniSHEd Among nFL LEAdERS in ’08
   Kurt Warner was one of the top QBs in the NFL in 2008 in just about every major passing category.
 Below is a look at where he ranked in a few of the NFL’s top passing categories:

 PASS ATTemPTS          PASS ComP.             ComPLeTIoN PCT.                     PASSING YARDS
 Player             Att Player           Comp Player                         Pct   Player               Yards
 1. Drew Brees     635 1. Drew Brees       413 1. Chad Pennington           67.4   1. Drew Brees       5,069
 2. Jay Cutler     616 2. KURT WARNeR     401 2. KURT WARNeR                67.1   2. KURT WARNeR      4,583
 3. KURT WARNeR    598 3. Jay Cutler       384 3. Peyton Manning            66.8   3. Jay Cutler       4,526
 4. Donovan McNabb 571 4. Peyton Manning   371 4. Matt Schaub               66.1   4. Aaron Rodgers    4,038
 5. Peyton Manning 555 5. Donovan McNabb 345 5. Brett Favre                 65.7   5. Philip Rivers    4,009

 PASSING TDS                         PASSeR RATING                         ComP. oF 25+ YARDS
 Player                        TDs   Player                        Rate    Player                        25+
 1t. Philip Rivers              32   1. Philip Rivers             105.5    1. Drew Brees                   35
 1t. Drew Brees                 32   2. Chad Pennington            97.4    2. Jake Delhomme                33
 3. KURT WARNeR                 30   3. KURT WARNeR                96.9    3. Donovan McNabb               32
 4. Aaron Rodgers               28   4. Drew Brees                 96.2    4t. KURT WARNeR                 31
 5. Peyton Manning              27   5. Peyton Manning             95.0    Two Players tied with Warner at 31


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      wA R n E R ’ S co n S E c u T i v E S TA R T S S T R E A K AT 3 1
     When named the team’s starter at the conclusion of the ‘08 preseason, many questioned whether
  Kurt Warner could stay healthy. He answered by starting all 16 regular season games and each of
  the team’s four postseason contests.
     Warner was one of 16 NFL quarterbacks to start every regular season contest in ’08 but the only
  one to start as many as 20 total games. In fact, he is just the third QB in NFL history to start 20
  total games in a season, joining John Elway (’97 Broncos) and Eli Manning (’07 Giants).
     When combining his starts in the final 11 contests of the 2007 season, Warner’s streak stands
  at 31 heading into 2009. Among active QBs, that ranks seventh behind Brett Favre (291), Peyton
  Manning (191), Eli Manning (78), Drew Brees (67), Philip Rivers (52) and Jay Cutler (37).

                        Player                  Streak         Years
                        Jim Hart                  65           1974-78
                        Neil Lomax                51           1983-86
                        Charley Johnson           44           1962-65
                        Jake Plummer              34           2000-02
                        Jake Plummer              33           1997-99
                        KURT WARNeR               31           2007-PReSeNT

    The last game Warner missed due to injury was Arizona’s regular season finale in 2005 at
  Indianapolis (knee). His current 31-game streak is also the longest of his career (previous was 28
  between 2000-02).
                                    WARNeR IN LAST 31 STARTS
  Att         Com            Pct         Yds         TD               INT            Rate           W/L
  1,115        731          65.6                 8,56764               33            95.5          17-14

 Was (10/21) with heavily braced arm and                     Atl (12/23); recorded a QB rating of 105.9
 completed 27-of-41 passes for 282 yards                      which was his fifth start of 2007 and 35th
 with two TDs and two INTs … completed                        career start where he finished with a
 26-of-36 passes for 259 yards with three                      passer rating over 100 … threw 41st 300-
 TDs, one INT and a QB rating of 108.4                          yard passing game of career with three
 vs. Det (11/11) … totaled a career-                           TDs vs. StL (12/30) to mark a career-
 high 484 yards (2nd most in fran-                                   high eighth consecutive multi-TD
 chise history) on 34-of-48 passing                                        game; his 10 multi-TD games in
 with two TDs and two INTs vs. SF                                             2007 were the most since he
 (11/25); 34 completions were tied                                              recorded 10 in 2001.
 for the third-most in franchise his-                                               2006: Saw action in
 tory behind only Kent Graham                                                    six games with five starts
 and Neil Lomax (37) and Jake                                                    in his second season with
 Plummer and Boomer Esia-                                                       the Cardinals … completed
 son (35); 484 passing yards                                                    23-of-37 passes for 301
 was the highest single-game                                                  yards, three TDs and a 114.8
 total in the NFL in 2007 …                                                   passer rating in the season
 in 90th career game eclipsed                                                 opener vs. SF (9/10), his
 23,000 career passing yards and                                              sixth 300-yard day of his Car-
 recorded career-high five INTs @                                             dinals career and 36th over-
 Sea (12/9) … recorded 233 yards,                                           all; named the NFC Offensive
 three TDs and a QB rating of 106.7 @ NO                                 Player of the Week for his per-
 (12/16); marked his 34th career game with                               formance, his sixth career Player
 a QB rating over 100 and became the                                     of the Week honor and second
 first Cardinals QB to throw for 20                                     with the Cardinals ... completed
 TDs in a season since Neil Lomax                                      19-of-28 passes for 256 yards and
 in 1988; marked the eighth                                           a TD vs. StL (9/24); in 76 career
 time in team history a QB                                              games, became the second fastest
 has thrown for 20+ TDs                                                  QB to reach 20,000 yards in NFL
 … tied a career-high                                                     history, with only Dan Marino,
 with 35 pass comple-                                                      74 games, doing it faster …
 tions with 369 passing                                                      saw his first action since Oct.
 yards and three TDs vs.                                                          1, coming in the game


162            2008 nFc cHAmPionS
after Leinart suffered a shoulder sprain in the sec-   … started vs. Was (9/19) and completed 22-of-33
ond quarter, completing nine-of-13 passes for 105      attempts for 232 yards with one TD; opened the
yards @ SF (12/24) … in his first start since week     game with eight straight completions, the seventh
four, completed 22-of-32 passes for 356 yards and      of those eight was a 38-yard TD pass to WR Tim
one TD @ SD (12/31); his 64-yard completion to         Carter … completed 20 passes on 26 attempts for
Anquan Boldin in the fourth quarter established a      187 yards with one TD and one INT @ GB (10/3);
new team long for the season while his 68.8% com-      streak of passes thrown without an INT ended at 126
pletion percentage also established a season-high      when he was picked off by safety Darren Sharper late
for a starting QB.                                     in the first quarter; four-yard TD pass to Shockey in
    2005: Saw action in 10 games with 10 starts        the fourth quarter was his second TD of the season
in his first Arizona campaign … recorded his first     and gave the Giants a 14-7 lead … finished with 18
300-yard passing game since he threw for 342           completions on 33 attempts for 217 yards with one
yards for the Rams @ NYG (9/7/03) … completed          TD in a win @ Dal (10/10); became the first Giants
28-of-41 passes for 307 yards in the home opener       QB since Danny Kanell in 1997 to win four of his
vs. StL (9/18); in the final drive of the game con-    first five starts … in his final game as the starter
nected on six-of-six passes for 76 yards … suffered    @ Arz (11/14), finished with 19 completions on 30
a groin injury @ Sea (9/25) and did not return in      attempts for 193 yards, one TD and no INTs … did
the second half of the game … deactivated vs. SF       not see action for next three games before replac-
(10/2); vs. Car (10/9) due to the groin injury … did   ing Eli Manning @ Bal (12/12) in the fourth quarter
not play as the back-up QB vs. Ten (10/23); @ Dal      completing six-of-nine attempts for 127 yards.
(10/30) … recorded his 32nd career 300+ passing            2003: Played in two games with one start for
day vs. Sea (11/6) connecting on 29-of-48 passes       the Rams … threw for 342 yards while completing
for 334 yards, one TD and three INTs … had his sec-    34-of-54 @ NYG (9/7) for one TD and an INT; the
ond consecutive 300-yard passing day, completing       54 attempts were a career-high, and second most
29-of-45 passes for 359 yards and one TD for a 96.4    in Rams franchise history; it marked his 30th career
passer rating, his highest since 2004 … recorded       300-yard passing game; was sacked six times and
first win as a Cardinal in a 38-28 victory over his    fumbled and suffered a concussion … did not play
former team @ StL (11/20) completing 27-of-39          again until regular season finale @ Det (12/28),
passes for 285 yards and three TDs … completed         completing four-of-11 passes for 23 yards.
10-of-10 passes for 115 yards and a TD before leav-        2002: Played in seven games with six starts in
ing the game @ Hou (12/18) with a sprained MCL         injury-plagued season in St. Louis … started first
… placed on injured reserve on 12/20 and missed        four games, leaving the game vs. Dal (9/29) with
the final two games of the season.                     a finger injury that would sideline him for the next
    2004: Played in 10 games with nine starts for      five games … saw limited action vs. Chi (11/18),
the Giants before being replaced as the starter,       returned to starting lineup for the next two games,
after posting a 5-4 record, by rookie Eli Manning      @ Was (11/24) and @ Phi (12/1) … missed final

                    wA R n E R w i n S wA LT E R PAY To n
                    “ n F L m A n o F T H E Y E A R ” AwA R d
    Prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIII, NFL Commis-
 sioner Roger Goodell and Connie Payton, the late Walter
 Payton’s wife, presented Kurt Warner with the 39th Wal-
 ter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the only league rec-
 ognition that acknowledges a player’s off-the-field com-
 munity service as well as his playing excellence.
    For all of his on-field accomplishments, including a
 Super Bowl XXXIV win, two NFL Most Valuable Player
 awards and four Pro Bowl selections, Warner’s commu-
 nity work remains his biggest source of pride. After
 visiting flood-ravaged regions in 2008, he created a
 partnership with Habitat for Humanity to sponsor home
 builds throughout the Midwest. To date, he has raised
 over $650,000, including a $100,000 personal contribu-
 tion, $100,000 from his foundation, and $100,000 each
 from the Arizona Cardinals and the NFL Disaster Relief
 Fund. Warner established the First Things First Founda-
 tion in 2001 and has personally contributed more than
 $1.5 million since then to fund trips for Make-A-Wish
 families, home builds for underprivileged families, and
 Punt, Pass and Kick clinics with Special Olympians.


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                         c A R d i n A L S i n T H E co m m u n iT Y
                                                    Kurt and his wife Brenda established “First Things First”
                                                in 2001 as a foundation dedicated to promoting Christian
                                                values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities
                                                to encourage everyone that all things are possible when
                                                people seek to put first things first. Some of the projects
                                                through which the foundation has enriched the lives of
      those less fortunate have included trips to Disney World for ill children, building recreation cen-
      ters in children’s hospitals, rewarding single parents who achieve the dream of homeownership
      and teaching Special Olympians football basics. The target outreach areas for “First Things First”
      include Arizona, Missouri and Warner’s home
      state of Iowa. The highlight of the 2008 sea-
      son for Kurt off the field was being honored
      as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, the
      NFL’s most prestigious award that recognizes a
      player’s community contributions in addition
      to his on-field performance.
         In 2008, Warner pledged his support to the
      rebuilding effort in the Midwest following the
      devastating floods that pummeled the region.
      After traveling back to Cedar Rapids, IA to tour
      the destruction firsthand, he created a part-
      nership with Habitat for Humanity to sponsor
      as many home builds as possible in the Mid-
      west’s hardest hit areas. Warner has raised over $650,000 including a $100,000 personal contribu-
      tion, along with $100,000 each from his Foundation, the Cardinals and NFL Charities.
         Warner established the First Things First Foundation in 2001 and has contributed more than $1.5
      million to actively initiate twelve on-going projects which affect people in communities in Phoenix,
      St. Louis, Iowa and beyond. A small sampling of First Things First’s outreach includes:
         • Since 2002, 57 Make-A-Wish and Dream Factory families from five different states have joined
           the Warner’s for the annual week-long “We’re Going to Disney World” trip.
         • First Things First Homes for the Holidays program surprises first-time single parent
           homeowners with complete furnishings for their new home thanks to teammates like Aaron’s
           Rents. Seventeen single mothers, 1 single dad, and 44 children from five states have
           benefited since 2001.
         • The annual Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive in partnership with Operation Food Search has
           collected more than 100,000 winter coats since 2001 which are distributed to men, women
           and children in the Missouri/Illinois region.
         • PPK clinics with up to 50 Special Olympics athletes have been held in Phoenix, St. Louis and
           Iowa. To date, fifteen such clinics hosted by Kurt have taught the football basics to more
           than 700 athletes.
         • Since 2001, Kurt and Brenda have made frequent visits to pediatric patients delivering
           Baskets of Hope and Smiles. The inspirational baskets are filled with toys, journals, bibles,
           prayer books and much more!
         • The Mission: Possible! Scholarship program benefits high school and college-age youth
           participating in service-based mission trips in the U.S. Since 2005, 95 scholarships have
           been awarded totaling more than $108,000.
         • In 2008, First Things First joined forces with the University of Phoenix to award up to six
           annual full-ride Bachelor Degree scholarships to clients served at partner organizations in
           Phoenix, Iowa and St. Louis.
         In addition to his tireless foundation work, Warner has always been a “team player” support-
      ing team initiatives, as well as those of the NFL and other charities, during his eleven-year career.
      Recent examples include Super Kids Super Sharing, Keep Gym in Schools, Teddy Bear Express, Com-
      munity Quarterback and ARC Disaster Relief.
         For more information on Warner’s “First Things First,” visit www.kurtwarner.org.


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                   wA R n E R A n d 3 0 0 -YA R d g A m E S
   Warner’s 2008 streak of 300-yard passing games came to an end at five on Thanksgiving night in
Philadelphia, matching the second-longest streak in league history. With seven 300-yard passing games
in 2008, Warner has now thrown for 300+ yards 48 times in his career, fifth-most in NFL history.

                                             CAReeR 300-YARD PASSING GAmeS—NFL HISToRY
                                                              Games     300-Yd
                                            Player            Played     Games     Pct.
                                            1. Dan Marino        242        63     26.0
                                            2. Brett Favre       272        55     20.3
                                            3. Dan Fouts         181        51     28.2
                                            4. Warren Moon       208        49     23.6
                                            5. KURT WARNeR       109        48     44.0

                                               With 109 games played, Warner has thrown for
                                            300 yards in 44.0% of his games for his career, by
                                            far the highest percentage among all-time players
                                            with 100 games played (Dan Fouts is number two
                                            with 28.2%).

                                            moST CoNSeCUTIve 300-YARD GAmeS—NFL HISToRY
                                            6   Steve Young, San Francisco 1998
                                                KURT WARNeR, ST. LoUIS 2000
                                                Rich Gannon, Oakland 2002
                                            5   KURT WARNeR, ARIZoNA, 2008
                                                Joe Montana, San Francisco 1982
                                                Kerry Collins, NY Giants 2001-02
                                                Drew Brees, New Orleans, 2006

                                               Warner’s seven 300-yard passing games in ‘08 tied for the
                                            fourth-highest total in NFL history for a single season.


        wA R n E R i n oT H E R P R o F E S S i o n A L L E Ag u E S
   In addition to the NFL, Warner played three seasons with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena
Football League from 1995-97 and one with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe in 1998.
   After throwing for 351 yards against the Giants in week 12 of 2008, Kurt Warner reached a
unique milestone, eclipsing 40,000 career passing yards. He has now thrown for a total of 41,178
yards as a pro.
   Warner passed for 10,486 yards in three seasons with the Arena Football League’s Iowa
Barnstormers (1995-97) and 2,101 in his one season with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe
(1998).
   After throwing for 4,583 yards in 2008, he has amassed 28,591 passing yards in the NFL with
the Rams, Giants and the Cardinals. He has thrown for 12,090 yards since coming to the Cardinals
in 2005.

Below are his stats in those leagues:
Year     Team                    GP    Att        Comp        Yds.     Pct.      TD     INT      Rat.
1995     Iowa                    12   400           237     2,996      59.2      43      14      94.9
1996     Iowa                    14   422           259      3,341     61.3      61      15     107.5
1997     Iowa                    14   498           322      4,149     64.6      79      14     118.5
Total                            40 1,320          818     10,486      61.9     183      43     107.8
Year     Team                 GP/GS       Att     Comp       Yds.      Pct.      TD     INT       Rat.
1998     Amsterdam            10/10       326       165     2,101      50.6      15       6       78.8
Total                         10/10       326      165      2,101      50.6      15       6       78.8


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                         1 0 , 0 0 0 w iT H T wo F R A n c H i S E S
     With 328 yards passing against the 49ers on Monday Night in week 10 of 2008, Kurt Warner
  eclipsed 10,000 passing yards as a member of the Cardinals. He became just the 11th quarterback
  in NFL history to reach 10,000 passing yards with two separate franchises. He now has 12,090
  yards as a Cardinal and with 1,910 more yards with the Cardinals, will become the first player in
  NFL history to throw for 14,000+ yards with two teams.
  Kurt Warner                  Jake Plummer                  Jim everett              Fran Tarkenton
  Arizona – 12,090             Denver – 11,631               New Orleans – 10,622     Minnesota – 33,098
  St. Louis – 14,447           Arizona – 17,622              LA Rams – 23,758         NY Giants – 13,905

  Drew brees                   Drew bledsoe                  Warren moon             Y.A. Tittle
  New Orleans – 13,910         Buffalo – 10,151              Minnesota – 10,102      NY Giants – 10,439
  San Diego – 12,348           New England – 29,657          Houston Oilers – 33,685 San Francisco – 16,016

  brad Johnson                 vinny Testaverde              Craig morton
  Minnesota – 11,098           NY Jets – 12,497              Denver – 11,895
  Tampa Bay – 10,940           Tampa Bay – 14,820            Dallas – 10,279
 four games with a hand injury, and was placed on            moving him into 4th place in Rams history, surpass-
 injured reserve (12/12) … recorded three 300-yard           ing Hall of Famer Bob Waterfield, and tying Brett
 passing games, including a season-high 315 yards            Favre for the 5th-fastest to reach the milestone (50
 @ Den (9/8) … reached several milestones @ TB               games) in NFL history.
 (9/23), where he completed his 1,000th career pass,            2001: Started all 16 regular season and three
 becoming the fastest to reach the milestone in terms        postseason games for the Rams … earned NFL MVP
 of games (47, one game fewer than Drew Bledsoe              honors for second time in three seasons, edging
 and Peyton Manning), and attempts (1,487, 84                teammate Marshall Faulk by one vote … led the
 fewer attempts than Joe Montana - 1,571); his 17th          NFL in completions (375), completion percentage
 attempt (an incompletion) was the 1,500th of his            (68.7), passing yards (4,830), TD passes (36), aver-
 career, qualifying him for the NFL’s career list of lead-   age yards per attempt (8.85), passer rating (101.4),
 ing lifetime passers; became the third QB to enter the      third down passing (109.5), and was third in the
 list at No. 1, following Joe Montana (1983) and Dan         NFC and fourth in the NFL in fourth quarter passing
 Marino (1986), and first QB to enter the list with a        (101.4) while throwing a career-high 546 passes …
 rating of over 100.0 … opened game @ Was (11/24)            became third quarterback in Rams history to earn
 by completing a career-high 15 consecutive passes,          three or more consecutive Pro Bowl berths (Norm
 tying for third-highest in team history; a 4-yard TD        Van Brocklin 6, 1950-55; Roman Gabriel 3, 1967-
 pass to Troy Edwards was his 100th career TD pass,          69) … set team records for completions, comple-

                                       m o R E o n wA R n E R
     Last January, Warner became just the seventh quarterback in NFL history to start a conference
  championship game for two different teams. By winning, he joined Craig Morton as the only two start-
  ing QBs to lead two different franchises to Super Bowl appearances.

                         QbS LeADING TWo TeAmS To CoNFeReNCe TITLe GAmeS
  Qb                           1st Team (Seasons)                           2nd Team (Seasons)
  KURT WARNeR                  ST. LoUIS (’99, ’01)                         ARIZoNA (’08)
  Kerry Collins                Carolina (’96)                               NY Giants (’00)
  Joe Montana                  San Francisco (’81, ’83, ’84, ’88, ’89, ’90) Kansas City (’93)
  Jay Schroeder                Washington (’86)                             L.A. Raiders (’90)
  Doug Williams                Tampa Bay (’79)                              Washington (’87)
  Craig Morton                 Dallas (’70)                                 Denver (’77)
  Earl Morrall                 Baltimore (’68)                              Miami (’72)


                       QbS WITH 7+ YeARS beTWeeN SUPeR boWL APPeARANCeS
  Qb                      Team(s)                     Seasons                                       Yrs Apart
  John Elway              Denver                      1989, 1997                                            8
  KURT WARNeR             ST. LoUIS/ARIZoNA           2001, 2008                                            7
  Craig Morton            Dallas/Denver               1970, 1977                                            7


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tion percentage, passing yards, most seasons with       Football win since 1988; his passing yardage was
4,000 or more passing yards (two), and most games       the third highest opening-game total in NFL his-
with 300 or more passing yards in career (26) …         tory and fourth-highest total in team history … set
tied NFL record for 300-yard passing games in a         career-high and tied team record with 35 comple-
season (nine) and tied a team record for most           tions (in 47 attempts) for 386 yards @ Sea (9/10)
games with four or more TD passes in career (6) …       … became first player in NFL history to record
became the fastest player to reach 10,000 passing       perfect passer rating of 158.3 twice vs. SD (10/1);
yards in NFL history, accomplishing the feat vs. Car    completed 24-of-30 passes for 390 yards, four TDs
(11/11), (his 36th game) … number of completions        and no INTs in earning NFC Offensive Player of
ranked 6th on NFL’s all-time single-season list …       the Week honors … it was the first time in team
had one of the best games of his career vs. Mia         history and only third time in NFL history a team
(9/30), completing 24-of-31 passes (77.4 percent)       had a 300-yard passer (Warner), a 100-yard rusher
for 328 yards, four TDs and no INTs (150.3 rating)      (Justin Watson, 102 yards), and three 100-yard
… in three postseason games, completed 68-of-107        receivers (Isaac Bruce, 167 yards; Marshall Faulk,
passes for 793 yards, four TDs and three INTs … led     116 yards; Az-Zahir Hakim, 104 yards) in the same
Rams from 14-point deficit in Super Bowl XXXVI vs.      game as Rams gained 614 yards, second-highest
NE (2/3), directing two TD drives in fourth quarter     total in team history … tied NFL record with sixth
to tie score at 17-17 before the Rams lost on a last-   consecutive 300-yard passing game vs. Atl (10/15),
second field goal by the Patriots’ Adam Vinatieri.      when he completed 24-of-40 passes for 313 yards
   2000: Started all 11 games in which he played,       and three TDs; it was the 1st time in NFL history
helping Rams set NFL records for passing yards and      a team had 300-yard passer (Warner) and 200-yard
total yards … earned second straight Pro Bowl           rusher (Faulk, 208 yards) in same game … broke
berth … led NFL in completion percentage (67.7)         pinky finger on right hand on center snap on last
and average gain (9.88) … set NFL record for most       play of 1st half @ KC (10/22) … started NFC Wild
passing yards after two games with 827 (old record      Card Game @ NO (12/30) and completed 24-of-40
was 823 by Frank Tripucka, Denver, 1962) and after      passes for 365 yards, three TDs and three INTs …
three games with 1,221 (old record was 1,166 by         led the Rams to 21 consecutive points in fourth
Drew Bledsoe, New England, 1994) … his 1,557            quarter in which he completed 11-of-14 passes for
passing yards after four games set NFL record for       198 yards for two TDs.
most passing yards in four consecutive games, sur-         1999: Started all 16 regular season and three
passing mark of 1,417 by Bledsoe in 1994 … War-         postseason games while producing one of the most
ner’s 2,260 passing yards after six games were the      memorable and improbable stories in NFL history
most in NFL history (Bledsoe, 2,072 in 1994) …          … was named the league’s MVP and Super Bowl
completed 25-of-35 passes while passing for career-     MVP while leading Rams to their first champion-
high 441 yards with three TDs and three INTs vs.        ship since 1951 … earned first Pro Bowl invitation
Den (9/4) in leading Rams to first Monday Night         … re-wrote Rams’ single season passing records by

                       F R A n c H i S E PA S S i n g L E A d E R S
 Total Passing Yards-Career                                                                Yds. to Pass
 1.        34, 639                           Jim Hart, 1966-83                                   22,550
 2.        22,771                            Neil Lomax, 1981-89                                 10,682
 3.        17,622                            Jake Plummer, 1997-02                                5,533
 4.        14,928                            Charley Johnson, 1961-69                             2,839
 5.        12,090                            KURT WARNeR, 2005-                                       -
 Pass Attempts-Career                                                                      Att. to Pass
 1.       5,096                              Jim Hart, 1966-83                                    3,505
 2.       3,153                              Neil Lomax, 1981-89                                  1,562
 3.       2,754                              Jake Plummer, 1997-02                                1,163
 4.       2,047                              Charley Johnson, 1961-69                               456
 5.       1,592                              KURT WARNeR, 2005-                                       -
 Pass Completions-Career                                                                 Comp. to Pass
 1.       2,590                              Jim Hart, 1966-83                                   1,559
 2.       1,818                              Neil Lomax, 1981-89                                   787
 3.       1,540                              Jake Plummer, 1997-02                                 509
 4.       1,032                              KURT WARNeR, 2005-                                      -
 5.       1,030                              Charley Johnson, 1961-69                                -
 Touchdown Passes-Career                                                                    TDs to Pass
 1.      209                                 Jim Hart, 1966-83                                      136
 2.      136                                 Neil Lomax, 1981-89                                     63
 3.      108                                 Charley Johnson, 1961-69                                35
 4.      90                                  Jake Plummer, 1997-02                                   17
 5.      74                                  KURT WARNeR, 2005-                                       -


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                wA R n E R i n T H E n F L R E co R d b o o K S
  CAReeR ComPLeTIoN PeRCeNTAGe                       moST 300-YARD PASSING GAmeS IN A SeASoN
  (mIN. 1,500 ATTemPTS)                              10 Rich Gannon, Oakland 2002
  66.0 Chad Pennington, 2000-current (2,395-1,580)      Drew Brees, New Orleans 2008
  65.4 KURT WARNeR, 1999-CURReNT (3,557-2,327)        9 Dan Marino, Miami 1984
  64.4 Peyton Manning, 1998- current (5,960-3,839)      Warren Moon, Houston 1990
  64.3 Steve Young, 1985-99 (4,149-2,667)               KURT WARNeR, ST. LoUIS 1999
  63.9 Drew Brees, 2001-current (3,650-2,334)           KURT WARNeR, ST. LoUIS 2001
                                                      8 Dan Fouts, San Diego 1980
  HIGHeST CAReeR PASSeR RATING                          KURT WARNeR, ST. LoUIS 2000
  96.8 Steve Young, 1985-99                             Trent Green, Kansas City 2004
                                                        Tom Brady, New England 2007
  94.7 Peyton Manning, 1998-current
  93.8 KURT WARNeR, 1998-CURReNT
                                                     moST 300-YARD PASSING GAmeS IN A CAReeR
  92.9 Tom Brady, 2000-current
                                                     63 Dan Marino, 1983-1999
  92.3 Joe Montana, 1979-94                          55 Bret Favre, 1991-current
                                                     51 Dan Fouts, 1973-87
  moST PASSING YARDS IN A SeASoN                     49 Warren Moon, 1984-2000
  5,084 Dan Marino, Miami, 1984                      48 KURT WARNeR, 1998-CURReNT
  5,069 Drew Brees, New Orleans, 2008                48 Peyton Manning, 1998-current
  4,830 KURT WARNeR, ST. LoUIS, 2001
                                                     moST CoNSeCUTIve 300-YARD PASSING GAmeS
  moST ComPLeTIoNS IN A SeASoN                       6 Steve Young, SF 1998
  Year Player                  Comp                    KURT WARNeR, STL 2000
  2007 Drew Brees                440                 5 Joe Montana, SF 1982
  2002 Rich Gannon               418                   Trent Green, KC 2004
  2008 Drew Brees                413                   Kerry Collins, NYG 2001-02
  1991 Warren Moon               404                   Drew Brees, NO 2008
  2008 KURT WARNeR              401                    Drew Brees, NO, 2006
                                                       KURT WARNeR, AZ, 2008
                                                     4 Dan Fouts, SD 1979
                                                       Dan Fouts, SD 1980-81
                                                       Bill Kenney, KC 1983
                                                       Joe Montana, SF 1985-86
                                                       Joe Montana, SF 1990
                                                       Warren Moon, Hou 1990
                                                       Drew Bledsoe, NE 1993-94
                                                       KURT WARNeR, STL 1999
                                                       Brian Griese, Den 2002
                                                       Rich Gannon, Oak 2002
                                                       Daunte Culpepper, Min 2004

                                                     moST SeASoNS LeADING LeAGUe
                                                     IN AveRAGe GAIN
                                                     7 Sid Luckman, Chicago Bears 1939-43, 1946-47
                                                     5 Steve Young, San Francisco 1991-94, 1997
                                                     3 Arnie Herber, Green Bay 1932, 1934, 1936
                                                        Norm Van Brocklin, Los Angeles 1950, 1952, 1954
                                                        Len Dawson, Dallas Texans 1962, Kansas City 1966, 1968
                                                        Bart Starr, Green Bay 1966-68
                                                        KURT WARNeR, ST. LoUIS 1999-2001

                                                     moST CoNSeCUTIve SeASoNS LeADING
                                                     LeAGUe IN AveRAGe GAIN
                                                     5 Sid Luckman, Chicago Bears 1939-43
                                                     4 Steve Young, San Francisco 1991-94
                                                     3 Bart Starr, Green Bay 1966-68
                                                       KURT WARNeR, ST. LoUIS 1999-2001


168             2008 nFc cHAmPionS
                                    T H E g Lov E d o n E
    The sight of Kurt Warner wearing gloves in games – regardless of the conditions – is now so
 commonplace it’s hard to remember when he began the custom.
    Midway through the 2006 season, Warner started wearing them in practice to improve his
 grip. He first wore the gloves in a game on 12/24/06 at San Francisco and he has continued the
 practice ever since – a total of 36 games in all (32 starts).
    In that span, the be-gloved Warner has been outstanding. He’s completed 65.5% of his passes
 (805-1,229) for 9,608 yards with 69 TDs compared to 34 INTs and a passer rating of 96.4. In that
 time, he’s topped 300 yards 13 times (including two 400-yard games) and had a passer rating
 of 100+ on 15 occasions.
     “At this point, it’s more of a comfort thing,” said Warner of the gloves. “It’s kind of the secu-
 rity of maybe having a little more grip on the ball than before. I don’t feel like I am throwing the
 ball any different. Maybe the spirals are a little tighter … but other than that, I don’t notice that
 much of a difference. But now if I throw without them, it feels like something is missing.”
completing 325-of-499 passes for 4,353 yards, 41       thrown without an INT in Games 4-8, third longest
TDs and 13 INTs … his passer rating of 109.2 was       in team history … completed 27-of-33 passes for
the fifth-highest in NFL history … led NFL in TD       391 yards and five TDs in NFC Divisional Playoff
passes, completion percentage (65.1), third down       Game vs. Min (1/16); threw game-winning 30-yard
passer rating (137.3), fourth quarter passer rating    TD pass to Ricky Proehl with 4:44 remaining to give
(116.0), and was second in the league in passing       Rams 11-6 win vs. TB in NFC Championship Game
yards … set eight team records: QB rating, pass-       (1/23) … passed for Super Bowl record 424 yards
ing yards, completions, completion percentage/         in win over Tennessee (1/30); threw game-winning
season, completion percentage/ game (86.9), most       73-yard TD pass to WR Isaac Bruce with 1:54 to
games with 300 passing yards in a season (9), most     play in the game.
consecutive 300-yard passing games (4), and most          1998: Saw first career action in the 4th quarter
TD passes in a season, while tying record for most     of Rams’ final game vs. SF (12/27); completed 4-of-
TD passes in a game (5) and tying NFL record for       11 passes for 39 yards … assumed the backup role
most 300 yards passing games in a season (since        behind Steve Bono for the final two games after a
passed by Oakland’s Rich Gannon in 2002) … threw       season-ending knee injury suffered by Tony Banks
more TD passes in first four starts (14) than any      vs. NE (12/13) … did not play @ Car (12/20) …
player in NFL history, throwing three TD passes in     inactive as third QB for the first 14 games.
opening victories vs. Bal (9/12), vs. Atl (9/26),         1998: (NFL Europe): Started all 10 games for
and @ Cin (10/3) and throwing a career-high five       the Amsterdam Admirals … led league in passing
scoring passes in win vs. SF (10/10) … threw for       yards (2,101), attempts (326), completions (165)
more passing yards (1,217) in first four starts than   and TDs (15).
any player in NFL history … led Rams on 19 scor-          1995-97 (Arena Football): Passed for 10,486
ing drives (17 TDs) between 71-80 yards (team had      yards and 183 TDs in three seasons with the Iowa
four in 1998) and 11 TD drives between 81-90 yards     Barnstormers (now New York Dragons) … led Iowa to
(team had five in 1998) … threw for then career-       two straight Arena Bowl appearances named one of
high 351 yards in division title-clinching win @       the top-ten players in Arena Football history to cel-
Car (12/5) … had streak of 133 consecutive passes      ebrate the 20th anniversary of the league.

                         iT c A n ’ T b E A co i n c i d E n c E
    Larry Fitzgerald finished the 2008 season with 96 receptions, Anquan Boldin finished with 89
 and Steve Breaston had 77. It marked just the fifth time in NFL history that three players on the
 same team hauled in 75+ receptions in a season and just the second wide receiver trio. Although
 it has happened just five times in league history, Warner has been the quarterback for three of
 the five teams that had three players with 75+ receptions in a season.

                      THRee PLAYeRS WITH 75+ ReCePTIoNS IN A SeASoN
 Year    Team        Players (Receptions)
 2008* CARDINALS WR LARRY FITZGeRALD (96), WR ANQUAN boLDIN (89), WR STeve bReASToN (77)
 2002 Raiders        WR Jerry Rice (92), RB Charlie Garner (91), WR Tim Brown (81)
 2002* Rams          WR Torry Holt (91), RB Marshall Faulk (80), WR Isaac Bruce (79)
 2000* Rams          WR Isaac Bruce (87), WR Torry Holt (82), RB Marshall Faulk (81)
 1989 Redskins       WR Art Monk (86), WR Ricky Sanders (80), WR Gary Clark (79)
 *Kurt Warner was the QB


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 College:                                                   School, where he lettered in football, basketball and
                                                            baseball … Des Moines Register All-State selection in
 Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Year as
                                                            football during his senior season ... established the
 a senior at Northern Iowa … led the conference in
                                                            First Things First Foundation in the spring of
 total offense and passing efficiency … passed for
                                                            2001 with wife Brenda to promote Chris-
 more than 300 yards four times … two-time Gateway
                                                            tian values and bless the lives of those less
 Player of the Week … started only as a senior.
                                                            fortunate with projects such as trips to
                                                            Disney World for ill children, building recreation
 Personal:                                                  centers in children’s hospitals, helping single moms
 Full name Kurtis Eugene Warner … he and his wife,          achieve the dream of homeownership and teaching
 Brenda, have seven children: sons Zachary, Kade and        Special Olympians the football basics … all proj-
 Elijah and daughters Jesse, Jada and twins Sienna          ects are centered on Kurt and Brenda’s life theme:
 and Sierra … graduated with a degree in commu-             faith and family come first … official website is
 nications … attended Cedar Rapids Regis (IA) High          www.kurtwarner.org.

                             wA R n E R c A R E E R S TAT S
                                                      Passing
                                                                                                  Yds
  Year       Team GP/GS      Att  Cmp           Pct.   Yds       Yds/Att    TD Int       Lg  Sk    Lst Rating
  1998       StL    1/0       11     4         36.4     39         3.5       0   0       21   0      0   47.2
  1999       StL   16/16    499    325         65.1  4,353         8.7     *41  13      75t  29   201 *109.2
  2000       StL   11/11    347    235         67.7  3,429         9.9      21  18      85t  20   115    98.3
  2001       StL   16/16    546 *375          *68.7  4,830         8.8      36  22      65t  38   233 101.4
  2002       StL    7/6     220    144         65.5  1,431         6.5       3  11       43  21   130    67.4
  2003       StL    2/1       65    38         58.5    365         5.6       1   1      37t   6     38   72.9
  2004       NYG 10/9       277    174         62.8  2,054         7.4       6   4      62t  39   196    86.5
  2005       Ariz 10/10     375    242         64.5  2,713         7.2      11   9       63  23   158    85.8
  2006       Ariz   6/5     168    108         64.3  1,377         8.2       6   5       64  14   104    89.3
  2007       Ariz 14/11     451    281         62.3  3,417         7.6      27  17       62  20   140    89.8
  2008       Ariz 16/16     598    401         67.1  4,583         7.7      30  14      79t  26   182    96.9
  Ariz Totals      46/42 1,592 1,032           65.0 12,090         7.6      74 45       79t 83 584 91.5
  Total           109/101 3,557 2,327          65.4 28,591         8.0     182 114      85t 236 1,497 93.8
  * Led NFL
                                                     Rushing
  Year              Team                Att             Yds                Avg                 Lg               TD
  1998                StL                 0               0                 0.0                 0                0
  1999                StL                23              92                 4.0                22                1
  2000                StL                18              17                 0.9                11                0
  2001                StL                28              60                 2.1                23                0
  2002                StL                 8              33                 4.1                 9                0
  2003                StL                 1               0                 0.0                 0                0
  2004               NYG                 13              30                 2.3                13                1
  2005               Ariz                13              28                 2.2                13                0
  2006               Ariz                13               3                 0.2                 9                0
  2007               Ariz                17              15                 0.9                 9                1
  2008               Ariz                18              -2                -0.1                11                0
  Ariz Totals                           61               44                 0.7                13                1
  Total                                152             277                  1.8                23                3
  Single Game Highs:
  Attempts: 57, @ Jets (9/28/08), Playoffs - 45 vs. Tennessee (Super Bowl XXXIV) (1/30/00); Completions:
  40, @ Jets (9/28/08), Playoffs - 31 vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLIII) (2/1/09); Yards: 484, vs. San Francisco
  (11/25/07), Playoffs - 424 vs. Tennessee (Super Bowl XXXIV) (1/30/00); Interceptions: 5, @ Seattle (12/9/07),
  Playoffs - 3 (twice), last @ New Orleans (12/30/00); Long Pass: 85t, @ Atlanta (9/24/00), Playoffs - 77t vs.
  Minnesota (1/16/00); Touchdowns: 5 vs. San Francisco (10/10/99), Playoffs - 5 vs. Minnesota (1/16/00); Sacked:
  8 @ Philadelphia (12/1/02), Playoffs – 3, three times, last vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLIII) (2/1/09); 300-yd.
  passing games: 48, last vs. NY Giants (11/23/08), 351 yards, Playoffs - 5, last vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLIII)
  (2/1/09), 377 yds.; Rating: 158.3, three times, last vs. Miami (9/14/08) (24-19-0, 361 yds., 79t LG, 3 TD’s),
  Playoffs - 145.7 vs. Philadelphia (1/19/09) (28-21-0, 279 yds, 62t LG, 4 TD’s); Rushing Attempts: 6, @ New
  England (11/18/01), Playoffs – 4, twice, last vs. Atlanta (1/3/09); Rushing Yards: 26, @ Detroit (11/7/99),
  Playoffs – 6, vs. New England (Super Bowl XXXVI) (2/3/02); Long Run: 23, vs. San Francisco (12/9/01), Playoffs –
  6, vs. Atlanta (1/3/09); Rushing Touchdown: 1, three times, last @ St. Louis (10/7/07), Playoffs – 1, twice, last
  vs. New England (Super Bowl XXXVI) (2/3/02); most Consecutive Completions: 15, @ Washington (11/24/02).


170              2008 nFc cHAmPionS
                                      WARNeR PoSTSeASoN STATS
                                              Passing
                                                                                                       Yds
Year       Team    GP/GS     Att     Cmp     Pct.      Yds    Yds/Att TD     Int        Lg       Sk     Lst Rating
1999       StL      3/3     121       77    63.6     1,063     8.79    8       4       77t        3      24 100.0
2000       StL      1/1       40      24    60.0       365     9.13    3       3        38        2      15   83.9
2001       StL      3/3     107       68    63.6       793     7.41    4       3        50        6      45   86.7
2008       Ariz     4/4     135       92    68.1     1,147     8.49   11       3       71t        5      20 112.2
Total              11/11    403      261    64.8     3,368     8.36 26       13        77t       16    104 98.9
                                                    Rushing
Year               Team              Att               Yds             Avg                       Lg            TD
1999                 StL               6                 2             0.3                        4             0
2000                 StL               1                 5             5.0                       5t             1
2001                 StL               9                 8             0.9                        5             1
2008                Ariz               8                 1             0.1                        6             0
Total                                24                 16             0.7                        6             2

             WARNER GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
2008 (Arizona)
Date         opp        GP/GS Att Cmp         Pct       Yds Yds/Att    TD Int Lg Sk Lst Rating W/L
Sept. 7      @ SF         1/1 30   19        63.3       197     6.6     1 0 40 3 21       93.3  W
Sept. 14         MIA      1/1 24   19        79.2       361   15.0      3 0 79t 2 12 158.3      W
Sept. 21     @ Was        1/1 30   16        53.3       192     6.4     2 1 62t 2 13      81.5   L
Sept. 28     @ NYJ        1/1 57   40        70.2       472     8.3     2 3 37 5 46       84.8   L
Oct. 5           BUF      1/1 42   33        78.6       250     6.0     2 0 18 0      0 107.3   W
Oct. 12          DAL      1/1 30   22        73.3       236     7.9     2 1 39 1 10 104.3        W
Oct. 26      @ Car        1/1 49   35        71.4       381     7.8     2 1 30 2 16       99.1   L
Nov. 2       @ StL        1/1 33   22        67.6       343   10.4      2 0 56t 1     9 121.1    W
Nov. 10          SF       1/1 42   32        76.1       328     7.8     3 0 46 0      0 121.9    W
Nov. 16      @ Sea        1/1 44   32        72.7       395     8.9     1 1 45 2 13       98.2   W
Nov. 23          NYG      1/1 52   32        61.5       351     6.8     1 1 32 1      3   79.9   L
Nov. 27      @ Phi        1/1 39   21        53.8       235     6.0     3 3 40 0      0   65.7   L
Dec. 7           STL      1/1 33   24        72.7       279     8.5     1 1 58 1      7   95.4   W
Dec. 14          MIN      1/1 45   29        64.4       270     6.0     1 1 50t 4 25      78.9   L
Dec. 21      @ NE         1/1 18    6        33.3        30     1.7     0 0 10 1      7   42.4   L
Dec. 28          SEA      1/1 30   19        63.3       263     8.8     4 1 50 1      0 117.1    W
Total                   16/16 598 401        67.1     4,583    7.7     30 14 79t 26 182  96.9 9-7
Jan. 3            ATL      1/1 32      19    59.4       271     8.5     2    1   71t         0     0    94.7   W
Jan. 10    @      Car      1/1 32      21    65.6       220     6.9     2    1    41         1     5    93.2   W
Jan. 18           PHI      1/1 28      21    75.0       279     9.9     4    0   62t         2    12   145.7   W
Feb. 1            PIT      1/1 43      31    72.1       377     8.8     3    1   64t         2     3   112.3   L
Postseason                 4/4 135     92    68.1     1,147     8.5    11    3   71t         5    20   112.2 3-1

2007 (Arizona)
Sept. 10     @ SF                                Did Not Play
Sept. 16       SEA                               Did Not Play
Sept. 23     @ Bal        1/0 20       15    75.0     258       12.9    2 0 37 0     0                 150.0   L
Sept. 30       PIT        1/0 21       14    66.6     132        6.3    1 0 20 1     6                  99.7   W
Oct. 7       @ StL        1/0 28       14    50.0     190        6.8    1 1 34 0     0                  69.0   W
Oct. 14        CAR        1/1   2       2   100.0      21       10.5    0 0 16 2 21                    110.4   L
Oct. 21      @ Was        1/1 41       27    65.9     282        6.9    2 2 43 1     3                  81.6   L
Nov. 4       @ TB         1/1 30       10    33.3     172        5.7    0 2 47 0     0                  26.0   L
Nov. 11        DET        1/1 36       26    72.2     259        7.2    3 1 20t 2 15                   108.4   W
Nov. 18      @ Cin        1/1 28       16    57.1     211        7.5    2 0 44t 3 14                   104.9   W
Nov. 25        SF         1/1 48       34    70.8     484       10.1    2 2 62 4 30                     99.7   L
Dec. 2         CLE        1/1 30       18    60.0     169        5.6    2 1 19 0     0                  83.9   W
Dec. 9       @ Sea        1/1 46       28    60.9     337        7.3    3 5 38 5 32                     65.5   L
Dec. 16      @ NO         1/1 30       19    63.3     233        7.8    3 1 25 2 19                    106.7   L
Dec. 23        ATL        1/1 52       35    67.9     369        6.8    3 0 31 0     0                 105.9   W
Dec. 30        STL        1/1 39       23    58.9     300        7.7    3 2 26 0     0                  87.6   W
Total                   14/11 451     281    62.3 3,417          7.6   27 17 62 20 140                  89.8 5-6


                                                                            THE PLAYERS                              171
                   WARNER GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
      2006 (Arizona)
      Date       opp         GP/GS   Att Cmp       Pct    Yds Yds/Att       TD Int Lg    Sk   Lst Rating W/L
      Sept. 10         SF      1/1   37   23      62.1    301      8.1       3 0 39       3   18 114.8    W
      Sept. 17   @     Sea     1/1   38   24      63.2    231      6.1       1 1 40t      5    40   77.9   L
      Sept. 24         STL     1/1   28   19      67.9    256      9.1       1 3 54       1    10   69.0   L
      Oct. 1     @     Atl     1/1   20   11      55.0    128      6.4       0 1 46       3    17   53.8   L
      Oct. 8           KC                            Did Not Play
      Oct. 16          CHI                           Did Not Play
      Oct. 22    @     Oak                           Did Not Play
      Oct. 29    @     GB                            Did Not Play
      Nov. 12          DAL                           Did Not Play
      Nov. 19          DET                           Did Not Play
      Nov. 26    @     Min                           Did Not Play
      Dec. 3     @     StL                           Did Not Play
      Dec. 10          SEA                           Did Not Play
      Dec. 17          DEN                           Did Not Play
      Dec. 24    @     SF      1/0    13     9   69.2     105      8.1      0   0   23 1    9       93.4   W
      Dec. 31    @     SD      1/1    32    22   68.8     356     11.1      1   0   64 1 10        116.1   L
      Total            6/5           168   108   64.3 1,377        8.2      6   5   64 14 104       89.3 1-4

      2005 (Arizona)
      Sept. 11   @ NYG         1/1    46    27    58.6      264      5.7    1   1   30   3    29    73.1   L
      Sept. 18     STL         1/1    41    28    68.2      307      7.4    0   1   27   5    30    80.0   L
      Sept. 25   @ Sea         1/1    13     8    61.5      105             0   0   45   1     9    87.0   L
      Oct. 2       SF                                 Inactive – Groin
      Oct. 9       CAR                                Inactive – Groin
      Oct. 23      TEN                                Did Not Play
      Oct. 30    @ Dal                                Did Not Play
      Nov. 6       SEA         1/1    48    29    60.4      334      6.9    1   3 63     4    27    62.3  L
      Nov. 13    @ Det         1/1    45    29    64.4      359      8.0    1   0 32     0     0    96.4  L
      Nov. 20    @ StL         1/1    39    27    69.2      285      7.3    3   0 34     1     7   115.9  W
      Nov. 27      JAX         1/1    46    29    63.0      315      6.8    2   1 41     3    14    88.6  L
      Dec. 4     @ SF          1/1    45    29    64.4      354      7.8    1   2 54t    2    15    77.5  W
      Dec. 11      WAS         1/1    41    25    60.9      255      6.2    1   1 30     2    15    76.8  L
      Dec. 18    @ Hou         1/1    10    10   100.0      115     11.5    1   0 22     2    12   147.9  L
      Dec. 24      PHI                                 Injured Reserve – Knee                             W
      Jan. 1     @ Ind                                 Injured Reserve – Knee                             L
      Total                  10/10 375     242    64.5 2,713         7.2 11     9   63 23 158      85.8 2-8

      2004 (NY Giants)
      Sept. 12   @ Phi         1/1    28    16    57.1     203       7.25   0   0   43   4    23    79.9   L
      Sept. 19     WAS         1/1    33    22    66.7     232        7.0   1   0   38   2    17    97.0   W
      Sept. 26     CLE         1/1    27    19    70.4     286       10.6   0   0   47   2    12   104.9   W
      Oct. 3     @ GB          1/1    26    20    76.9     187        7.2   1   1   26   4    29    92.9   W
      Oct. 10    @ Dal         1/1    33    18    54.5     217        6.6   1   0   55   3     6    85.0   W
      Oct. 24      DET         1/1    34    23    67.6     270        7.9   1   1   62   6    20    89.1   L
      Oct. 31    @ Min         1/1    21    13    61.9     144        6.9   0   0   25   5    29    82.2   W
      Nov. 7       CHI         1/1    36    18    50.0     195        5.4   1   2   28   7    28    52.4   L
      Nov. 14    @ Arz         1/1    30    19    63.3     193        6.4   1   0   21   6    32    92.8   L
      Nov. 21      ATL                               Did Not Play
      Nov. 28      PHI                               Did Not Play
      Dec. 5     @ Was                               Did Not Play
      Dec. 12    @ Bal         1/0     9     6   66.7      127       14.1   0   0   41   0     0   109.7   L
      Dec. 18      PIT                                Did Not Play
      Dec. 26    @ Cin                                Did Not Play
      Jan. 2       DAL                                Did Not Play
      Total                  10/9 277      174   62.8 2,054          7.4    6   4   62 39 196      86.5 5-4


172                  2008 nFc cHAmPionS
              WARNER GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
2003 (St. Louis)
Date     opp         GP/GS   Att Cmp     Pct      Yds Yds/Att     TD Int Lg      Sk   Lst Rating W/L
Sept. 7  @ NYG         1/1   54   34    63.0      342     6.3      1 1 37t        6    38   79.4   L
Sept. 14     SF                              Did Not Play
Sept. 21 @ Sea                               Did Not Play
Sept. 28     ARZ                             Did Not Play
Oct. 13      ATL                             Did Not Play
Oct. 19      GB                              Did Not Play
Oct. 26  @ Pit                               Did Not Play
Nov. 2   @ SF                                Did Not Play
Nov. 9       BAL                             Did Not Play
Nov. 16  @ Chi                               Did Not Play
Nov. 23  @ Arz                               Did Not Play
Nov. 30      MIN                             Did Not Play
Dec. 8   @ Cle                               Did Not Play
Dec. 14      SEA                             Did Not Play
Dec. 21      CIN                             Did Not Play
Dec. 28  @ Det        1/0    11    4    36.4       23     2.1     0     0   8    0     0    44.9   L
Total                 2/1    65   38    58.5      365     5.6     1     1 37t    6    38    72.9 0-1
2003 Postseason
Jan. 10      CAR                            Did Not Play                                            L
2002 (St. Louis)
Sept. 8    @ Den       1/1   41    32   78.0      315      7.7    0     1   43   3    20    88.5    L
Sept. 15     NYG       1/1   39    26   66.7      266      6.8    1     2   34   1     6    73.2    L
Sept. 23   @ TB        1/1   45    30   66.7      301      6.7    0     4   25   5    32    48.5    L
Sept. 29     DAL       1/1    2     1   50.6        17     8.5    0     1   17   0     0    39.6    L
Oct. 6     @ SF                             Inactive - Hand
Oct. 13      OAK                            Inactive - Hand
Oct. 20      SEA                            Inactive - Hand
Nov. 3     @ Arz                            Inactive - Hand
Nov. 10      SD                             Inactive - Hand
Nov. 18      CHI       1/0    2     1   50.0        13     6.5     0    0   13   1     7    70.8   W
Nov. 24    @ Was       1/1   49    34   69.4      301      6.1     2    1   30   3    21    90.6   L
Dec. 1     @ Phi       1/1   42    20   47.6      218      5.2     0    2   28   8    44    43.6   L
Dec. 8     @ KC                              Inactive - Hand
Dec. 15      ARZ                             Injured Reserve
Dec. 22    @ Sea                             Injured Reserve
Dec. 30      SF                              Injured Reserve
Total                 7/6 220     144   65.5 1,431         6.5    3 11      43 21 130       67.4 0-6

2001 (St. Louis)
Sept. 9    @   Phi     1/1 42      28   66.7     308        7.3    1 2       27 4 26        76.3    W
Sept. 23 @     SF      1/1 35      24   72.7     321        9.2    3 1      39t 1 12       114.1    W
Sept. 30       MIA     1/1 31      24   77.4     328       10.6    4 0      45t 1 10       150.3    W
Oct. 8     @   Det     1/1 37      29   78.4     291        7.9    3 0      36t 1    7     126.5    W
Oct. 14        NYG     1/1 46      28   60.9     316        6.9    0 1       37 6 42        72.4    W
Oct. 21    @   NYJ     1/1 27      18   66.7     215        7.9    1 0       29 2    4     103.2    W
Oct. 28        NO      1/1 47      29   61.7     385        8.2    1 4       42 2 10        59.3    L
Nov. 11        CAR     1/1 20      14   70.0     144        7.2    1 3       33 0    0      67.5    W
Nov. 18    @   NE      1/1 42      30   71.4     401        9.5    3 2       38 1    5     105.4    W
Nov. 26        TB      1/1 39      19   48.7     291        7.5    1 2       42 3 22        61.0    L
Dec. 2     @   Atl     1/1 23      17   73.9     342       14.9    4 0      65t 2    9     155.3    W
Dec. 9         SF      1/1 42      26   61.9     294        7.0    2 1       26 4 24        88.8    W
Dec. 17    @   NO      1/1 32      23   71.9     338       10.6    4 0      40t 4 29       145.6    W
Dec. 23    @   Car     1/1 23      18   78.3     217        9.4    2 2       46 3 20        98.7    W
Dec. 30        IND     1/1 30      23   76.7     359       11.9    3 1       51 2    0     135.3    W
Jan. 6         ATL     1/1 30      25   83.3     280        9.3    3 3       47 2 14        99.3    W
Total                16/16 546    375   68.7   4,830        8.8   36 22     65t 38 233     101.4 14-2
Jan. 20        GB      1/1 30      18   60.0     216        7.2    2 1       50 2 15        90.4    W
Jan. 27        PHI     1/1 33      22   66.7     212        6.4    1 0       21 1    2      94.5    W
Feb. 3         NE      1/1 44      28   63.6     365        8.3    1 2       30 3 28        78.3    L
Postseason             3/3 107     68   63.6     793        7.4    4 3       50 6 45        86.7 2-1


                                                                       THE PLAYERS                      173
                   WARNER GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
      2000 (St. Louis)
      Date       opp     GP/GS Att Cmp       Pct      Yds Yds/Att    TD Int Lg    Sk   Lst Rating W/L
      Sept. 4        DEN   1/1 35   25      71.4     441     12.6     3 3 80t      2     8 106.5   W
      Sept. 10 @ Sea       1/1 47   35      74.5     386      8.2     1 1 50       1     7   96.6  W
      Sept. 17       SF    1/1 34   23      67.6     394     11.6     2 2 78t      1     5 101.8   W
      Sept. 24 @ Atl       1/1 19   12      63.2     336     17.7     4 1 85t      3    15 124.5   W
      Oct. 1         SD    1/1 30   24      80.0     390     13.0     4 0 53       2    14 158.3   W
      Oct. 15        ATL   1/1 40   24      60.0     313      7.8     3 1 47       3    11   99.3  W
      Oct. 22    @ KC      1/1 25   15      60.0     185      7.4     1 2 42       2    14   62.9   L
      Oct. 29    @ SF                           Inactive - Hand
      Nov. 5         CAR                        Inactive - Hand
      Nov. 12    @ NYG                          Inactive - Hand
      Nov. 20        WAS                        Inactive - Hand
      Nov. 26        NO                         Inactive - Hand
      Dec. 3     @ Car     1/1 36   18      50.0     189      5.3     0 4 20 2 10            26.0   L
      Dec. 10        MIN   1/1 32   27      84.4     346     10.8     0 0 36 0      0       111.7   W
      Dec. 18    @ TB      1/1 32   20      62.5     316      9.9     2 3 72t 2 18           77.1   L
      Dec. 24    @ NO      1/1 17   12      70.6     133      7.8     1 1 28 2 13            88.6   W
      Total              11/11 347 235      67.7 3,429        9.9    21 18 85t 20 115        98.3 8-3
      Dec. 30    @ NO      1/1 40   24      60.0     365      9.1     3 3 38 2 15            83.9   L
      Postseason           1/1 40   24      60.0     365      9.1     3 3 38 2 15            83.9 0-1

      1999 (St. Louis)
      Sept. 12       BAL   1/1 44      28   63.6     309      7.0     3 2 38 3 25            88.2    W
      Sept. 26       ATL   1/1 25      17   68.0     275     11.0     3 0 46t 0     0       144.2    W
      Oct. 3     @   Cin   1/1 21      17   80.9     310     14.8     3 0 60 2 11           158.3    W
      Oct. 10        SF    1/1 23      20   86.9     323     14.0     5 1 49 1      9       140.2    W
      Oct. 17    @   Atl   1/1 20      13   65.0     111      5.6     1 0 18 2 17            96.0    W
      Oct. 24        CLE   1/1 29      23   79.3     203      7.0     3 0 24 1      0       130.3    W
      Oct. 31    @   Ten   1/1 46      29   63.0     328      7.1     3 0 57t 6 41          106.1    L
      Nov. 7     @   Det   1/1 42      25   59.5     305      7.3     3 2 75t 4 30           85.9    L
      Nov. 14        CAR   1/1 29      19   65.5     284      9.8     2 1 53 0      0       106.0    W
      Nov. 21    @   SF    1/1 40      22   55.0     201      5.0     1 1 19 3 20            66.8    W
      Nov. 28        NO    1/1 27      15   55.5     213      7.9     2 0 33 2 18           105.9    W
      Dec. 5     @   Car   1/1 31      22   70.9     351     11.3     3 2 49 1      5       113.8    W
      Dec. 12    @   NO    1/1 31      21   67.7     346     11.2     2 1 40 1 10           113.1    W
      Dec. 19        NYG   1/1 32      18   56.2     319      9.9     2 0 65t 1     0       111.3    W
      Dec. 26        CHI   1/1 35      24   68.5     334      9.5     3 1 48t 0     0       115.7    W
      Jan. 2     @   Phi   1/1 24      12   50.0     141      5.9     2 2 29 2 15            61.3    L
      Total              16/16 499    325   65.1   4,353      8.7    41 13 75t 29 201       109.2 13-3
      Jan. 16        MIN   1/1 33      27   81.1     391     11.8     5 1 77t 2 17          143.0    W
      Jan. 23        TB    1/1 43      26   60.4     258      6.0     1 3 30t 0     0        56.2    W
      Jan. 30        TEN   1/1 45      24   53.3     414      9.2     2 0 73t 1     7        99.7    W
      Postseason           3/3 121     77   63.6   1,063      8.8     8 4 77t 3 24          100.0 3-0

      1998 (St. Louis)
      Sept. 6        NO                         Inactive – 3rd QB                                   L
      Sept. 13       MIN                        Inactive – 3rd QB                                   L
      Sept. 20   @   Buf                        Inactive – 3rd QB                                   W
      Sept. 27       ARZ                        Inactive – 3rd QB                                   L
      Oct. 11        NYJ                        Inactive – 3rd QB                                   W
      Oct. 18    @   Mia                        Inactive – 3rd QB                                   L
      Oct. 25        SF                         Inactive – 3rd QB                                   L
      Nov. 1     @   Atl                        Inactive – 3rd QB                                   L
      Nov. 8     @   Chi                        Inactive – 3rd QB                                   W
      Nov. 15    @   NO                         Inactive – 3rd QB                                   L
      Nov. 22        CAR                        Inactive – 3rd QB                                   L
      Nov. 29        ATL                        Inactive – 3rd QB                                   L
      Dec. 3     @   Phi                        Inactive – 3rd QB                                   L
      Dec. 13        NE                         Inactive – 3rd QB                                   W
      Dec. 20    @   Car                        Did Not Play                                        L
      Dec. 27    @   SF    1/0   11    4    36.4       39      3.5   0   0   21   0     0    47.2   L
      Total                1/0   11    4    36.4      39      3.5    0   0   21   0     0    47.2 0-0


174                  2008 nFc cHAmPionS
        WARNER REGULAR SEASoN GAMES WITh 300+ YARdS
Yds    opponent      Date            Att. Comp.      Pct.    TD     Int.    LG    Sk    Yds   Rating   W/L
484       SF         11/25/07        48    34       70.8      2      2      62     4     30     99.7     L
472       NYJ        9/28/08         57    40       70.2      2      3      37     5     46     84.8     L
441       Den        9/4/00          35     25      71.4      3      3     80t     2      8    106.5    W
401       NE         11/18/01        42     30      71.4      3      2      38     1      5    105.4    W
395    @ Sea         11/16/08        44    32       72.7      1      1      45     2     13     98.2    W
394       SF         9/17/00         34     23      67.6      2      2     78t     1      5    101.8    W
390       SD         10/1/00         30     24      80.0      4      0      53     2     14    158.3    W
386    @ Sea         9/10/00         47     35      74.5      1      1      50     1      7     96.6    W
385       NO         10/28/01        47     29      61.7      1      4      42     2     10     59.3     L
381    @ Car         10/26/08        49    35       71.4      2      1      30     2     16     99.1     L
369       Atl        12/23/07        52    35       67.9     3       0      31     0      0   105.9     W
361       mia        9/14/08         24    19       79.2     3       0     79t     2     12   158.3     W
359    @ Det         11/13/05        45    29       64.4     1       0      32     0      0     96.4     L
359       Ind        12/30/01        30     23      76.7      3      1      51     2      0    135.3    W
356    @ SD          12/31/06        32    22       68.8     1       0      64     1     10   116.1      L
354    @ SF          12/4/05         45    29       64.4     1       2     54t     2     15     77.5    W
351       NYG        11/23/08        52    32       61.5     1       1      32     1      3     79.9     L
351    @ Car         12/5/99         31     22      70.9      3      2      49     1      5    113.8    W
346    @ NO          12/12/99        31     21      67.7      2      1      40     1     10    113.1    W
346       Min        12/10/00        32     27      84.4      0      0      36     0      0    111.7    W
343    @ StL         11/2/08         33    22       67.6     2       0     56t     1      9   121.1     W
342    @ NYG         9/7/03          54     34      63.0      1      1     37t     6     38     79.4     L
342    @ Atl         12/2/01         23     17      73.9      4      0     65t     2      9    155.3    W
338    @ NO          12/17/01        32     23      71.9      4      0     40t     4     29    145.6    W
337    @ Sea         12/9/07         46    28       60.9     3       5      38     5     32     65.5     L
336    @ Atl         9/24/00         19     12      63.2      4      1     85t     3     15    124.5    W
334       Sea        11/6/05         48    29       60.4     1       3      63     4     27     62.3     L
334       Chi        12/26/99        35     24      68.5      3      1     48t     0      0    115.7    W
328       SF         11/10/08        42    32       76.1     3       0      46     0      0   121.9     W
328    @ Ten.        10/31/99        46     29      63.0      3      0     57t     6     41    106.1     L
328       Mia        9/30/01         31     24      77.4      4      0     45t     1     10    150.3    W
327       StL        9/18/05         41    28       68.2     0       1      27     5     30     80.0     L
323       SF         10/10/99        23     20      86.9      5      1      49     1      9    140.2    W
321    @ SF          9/23/01         35     24      72.7      3      1     39t     1     12    114.1    W
319       NYG        12/19/99        32     18      56.2      2      0     65t     1      0    111.3    W
316    @ TB          12/18/00        32     20      62.5      2      3     72t     2     18     77.1     L
316       NYG        10/14/01        46     28      60.9      0      1      37     6     42     72.4    W
315       Jax        11/27/05        46    29       63.0     2       1      41     3     14     88.6     L
315    @ Den         9/8/02          41     32      78.0      0      1      43     3     20     88.5     L
313       Atl        10/15/00        40     24      60.0      3      1      47     3     11     99.3    W
310    @ Cin         10/3/99         21     17      80.9      3      0      60     2     11    158.3    W
309       Bal        9/12/99         44     28      63.6      3      2      38     3     25     88.2    W
308    @ Phi         9/9/01          42     28      66.7      1      2      27     4     26     76.3    W
305    @ Det         11/7/99         42     25      59.5      3      2     75t     4     30     85.9     L
301       SF         9/10/06         37    23       62.1     3       0      39     3     18   114.8     W
301    @ TB          9/23/02         45     30      66.7      0      4      25     5     32     48.5     L
301    @ Was         11/24/02        49     34      69.4      2      1      30     3     21     90.6     L
300       StL        12/30/07        39    23       58.9     3       2      26     0      0     87.6    W

* Bold indicates 300-yard passing game as a member of the Cardinals; all others with Rams.




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                               gAbE wATSon
                                98           dEFEnSivE TAcKLE \ 6-4 \ 329
                               How Acquired: D4/06 (107th)                     YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 4/4
                               college: Michigan                               doB: September 24, 1983
                               Hometown: Southfield, MI


  Pro Career:                                                     yards, the lowest total in the modern era … recorded
  The Cardinals fourth-round pick (107th overall) in the          first pass defensed of career @ NO (12/16).
  2006 NFL Draft, Watson has appeared in 39 games with                2006: Inactive for the first four games of the season
  21 starts in his three NFL seasons, also starting one of        … saw his first NFL action on the defensive line but did
  four postseason games he appeared in during the Cardi-          not record any statistics vs. KC (10/8) … made his first
  nals 2008 playoff run.                                          NFL start for the injured Kendrick Clancy on Monday Night
      2008: Played in 11 games during the regular season          Football, recording two tackles vs. Chi (10/16) … brought
                                                                  down Raiders QB Andrew Walter for his first career sack in
  and started one of four postseason contests after a knee
                                                                  only his second start while also collecting three tackles
  injury suffered during the offseason caused him to miss
                                                                  and two QB pressures @ Oak (10/22) … recovered the first
  the first four games of the regular season ... in his first     fumble of his career in the first quarter vs. Sea (12/10) …
  game back from the knee injury recorded one tackle, one         recorded one tackle in each of the final three games.
  tackle for loss and forced his first career fumble on his
  second career sack vs. Buf (10/5) ... registered one tackle     College:
  vs. Dal (10/12) and helped limit the Cowboys (who entered
                                                                  A talented run-stuffer at Michigan, finished his college
  the game averaging 138.8 rushing yards per game) to just
                                                                  career with 92 tackles, 14.5 stops behind the line of
  73 net yards rushing ... recorded two tackles and a forced      scrimmage, and five sacks … a consensus All-Big Ten
  fumble @ StL (11/2) ... registered career-high nine tack-       Conference first-team choice … played in every game,
  les including eight solo tackles and a tackle for loss @ NE     starting seven contests at nose guard as a senior, record-
  (12/21) … inactive for the season finale vs. Sea (12/28)        ing a career-high 40 tackles (24 solos) with three sacks
  ... in first career playoff game registered three tackles vs.   for minus 17 yards and 6.5 stops for losses of 25 yards …
  Atl (1/3/09); part of defense that held the Falcons, the        All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice by the league’s
  second best rushing team in the NFL during the regular          coaches as a junior … played in every game, starting the
  season with 152.7 yards per game average, to just 60 yards      final 11 contests at nose guard … registered 37 tackles
  on 24 carries (2.5 avg.) ... made first postseason start of     (25 solos) with two sacks.
  career in Super Bowl XLIII vs. Pit (2/1/09).
      2007: Started all 16 games recording a career-high          Personal:
  39 tackles … led all defensive linemen with eight tack-         Full name Gabriel Pierre Kim Watson … attended South-
  les and six unassisted tackles to go with one QB pres-          field (MI) High School … earned All-State honors at both
  sure @ Bal (9/23) … recorded three total tackles and            offensive and defensive tackle … selected second-team
  one unassisted tackle vs. Pit (9/30) while helping to           All-USA as an offensive lineman by USA Today and named
  hold Willie Parker, the NFL’s leading rusher heading into       first-team All-State offense by the Detroit Free Press …
  the game, to just 37 yards on 19 carries … for second           started and lettered four years on the varsity squad …
  straight week, led defensive linemen with four tackles          also the team’s placekicker for two seasons … recorded
  @ Was (10/21); part of defense that held Washington             78 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior and the team ran 85
  to 160 total net yards … registered one tackle vs. Det          percent of their running plays behind him on offense …
  (11/11) and helped hold Lions to minus-18 rushing               also participated in track and wrestling.
                                 wAT S o n c A R E E R S TAT S
                                       Tackles               Sacks               Interceptions
      Year    Team     GP/GS      Solo Asst.      Ttl       Sk Yds          Int. Yds Lg TD           PD    FR    FF    STT
      2006    Ariz     12/5         12      4     16       1.0     5          0     0   0    0        0     1     0      0
      2007    Ariz     16/16        26     13     39       0.0     0          0     0   0    0        1     0     0      0
      2008    Ariz     11/0         16      6     22       1.0     6          0     0   0    0        0     0     2      0
      Total            39/21       54      23     77       2.0    11          0     0   0 0           1     1     2      0
      Single Game Highs:
      Tackles: 9, @ New England, 12/21/08; Solo Tackles: 8, @ New England, 12/21/08; Sacks: 1.0, twice, last vs.
      Buffalo, 10/5/08; Forced Fumbles: 1, twice, last @ St. Louis, 11/2/08; Fumble Recoveries: 1, vs. Seattle,
      12/10/06; Passes Defensed: 1, @ New Orleans, 12/16/07.

                                             WATSoN PoSTSeASoN STATS
                                       Tackles         Sacks         Interceptions
      Year    Team     GP/GS      Solo Asst. Ttl      Sk Yds    Int. Yds Lg TD                       PD    FR    FF    STT
      2008    Ariz      4/1          5      1   6    0.0     0    0     0   0    0                    0     0     0      0
      Total             4/1          5      1   6    0.0     0    0     0   0 0                       0     0     0      0


176                  2008 nFc cHAmPionS
                        REggiE wELLS
                         74          guARd \ 6 - 4 \ 312
                        How Acquired: D6A/03 (177th)               YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 7/7
                        college: Clarion (PA)                      doB: November 3, 1980
                        Hometown: Library, PA


Pro Career:                                                        noTE cARdS
Arizona’s first selection in the sixth round (177th
overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft, Wells started every     ■ Arizona’s sixth-round selection in the 2003
game for the Cardinals in 2004 after making his            NFL Draft, Wells has appeared in 88 games
first career start in the dramatic 2003 season             over six seasons and has started 74 straight
finale vs. Min (12/28). Started nine games for the         games dating back to the final game of the
Cardinals at left guard in 2005 before suffering a         2003 season.
broken ankle @ Det (11/13) and was placed on the        ■ Was a restricted free agent following the 2005
injured reserve on 11/15. A restricted free agent          season; Cardinals matched an offer sheet from
following the 2005 season, he remained a Cardi-            the Buffalo Bills, resulting in the five-year
nal when the club matched Buffalo’s offer sheet,           deal Wells signed on 3/21/06 that keeps him
keeping him under contract through 2010.                   under contract through 2010.
    2008: Started all 16 regular season and all
four postseason games, playing every offensive          ■ Joined T Mike Gandy and DT Darnell Dockett
snap at left guard … blocked for RB Edgerrin               as the only Cardinals to start every game for
James’ seventh 100-yard rushing game as a mem-             Arizona in the 2007 and 2008 seasons and has
ber of the Cardinals @ SF (9/7) in season opener           played every offensive snap in that span.
... part of line that did not allow a sack for the
                                                        ■ Selected by his teammates as one of five
first time this season vs. Buf (10/5) ... helped
                                                           team captains prior to the start of the 2008
offense post a season-high 510 yards of total
                                                           season.
offense and 177 yards rushing @ StL (11/2) …
for the second time this season, was part of line       ■ Started all 16 games and all four postseason
that did not allow a sack despite 42 pass attempts         contests in 2008 and has now started all 16
vs. SF (11/10) ... made 70th start of career @ Phi         games for the last three seasons.
(11/27) and was part of line that didn’t give up a
                                                        ■ His 74 career starts have come at three dif-
sack for the second time in the last four games ...
helped clear the way for James to register his 57th        ferent positions: left guard (62), right tackle
career 100-yard game and eighth as a Cardinal in           (10) and left tackle (2).
the season finale vs. Sea (12/28) ... started first     ■ Scored the first TD of his NFL career when he
career playoff game and part of line that allowed          recovered an Edgerrin James fumble in the
zero sacks vs. Atl (1/3/09) ... helped the Cardinals       endzone @ St. Louis on 10/7/07. It was his
run the ball a season-high 43 times for 145 yards          first TD since his senior year of high school
@ Car (1/10/09) ..... started Super Bowl XLIII vs.         when, as a defensive end, he picked up a fum-
Pit (2/1/09).                                              ble that was forced on a sack by his brother
    2007: Started all 16 games at left guard and           Ryan, and returned it for a TD.
joined Mike Gandy as the only offensive lineman
to start every game in 2007 … the only Cardi-          ond 100+ yard rushing performance of the year …
nal offensive player to play every snap in ’07 …       helped James eclipse 1,000-yards on the season
helped Arizona gain 161 yards on 38 carries in the     @ NO (12/16) … line allowed zero sacks in the
season opener @ SF (9/10) … part of an offensive       final two games of 2007 (vs. Atl 12/23, vs. StL
line that did not allow a sack and helped Edger-       12/30) and a total of five times in which the Car-
rin James run for 128 yards on 24 attempts in the      dinals went 4-1.
home opener vs. Sea (9/16) … showed flexibil-             2006: Started all 16 games and played every
ity by starting at left guard and moving to right      offensive snap while switching between left guard
tackle when starter Elton Brown got injured in the     and right tackle throughout the season … part of
second quarter @ StL (10/7); recovered a James         an offensive line that allowed just 24 sacks in ’07,
fumble in the endzone to tie the game at 10 in         the lowest total since 1978 (22) … started at LG in
the second quarter; it was his first TD since his      the season opener vs. SF (9/10) … switched to his
senior year of high school … led the way for the       second position on the offensive line in as many
offense to rack up 552 total yards vs. SF ((11/25),    weeks, starting at RT @ Sea (9/17) … switched
the most by a Cardinals offense since 1949 (Chi-       back to LG vs. StL (9/24) where he stayed through
cago Cardinals, 572 yards, 11/13) … started vs.        the game @ Oak (10/22) … switched to RT for
Cle (12/2) and helped not allow a sack for the         the start @ GB (10/29) and would stay there for
third time in ’07 while helping James to his sec-      the remainder of the season … helped James to


                                                                       THE PLAYERS                           177
  his first 100-yard rushing game as a Cardinal and   College:
  led the way for Marcel Shipp to run for a career    Four-year starter at Clarion (PA) State … two-time
  high three TDs @ StL (12/3) … played an inspired    NCAA Division II All-America and all-Pennsylvania
  game after waking up with the flu and hav-             State Athletic Conference (PSAC) choice …
  ing to take intravenous fluids to play vs.                hours of commitment to strength program
  Sea (12/24); led James to his second                       saw him add over 50 pounds to his frame
  consecutive 115-yard performance and                        after arriving on Clarion campus as a fresh-
  was part of an offensive line that did                      man … father Reggie, Sr. was a basketball
  not allow a sack; for his efforts was                       All-America at Clarion and was inducted
  given the game ball following the                                      into the Clarion Sports Hall of
  contest … @ SF (12/24),                                                  Fame in 1990.
  helped lead James to 105
  yard rushing, becoming                                                   Personal:
  the first Cardinals RB
                                                                              Full name is Reginald Arness
  since Adrian Murrell in
                                                                                Wells … attended South
  1998 to rush for 1,000
                                                                                   Park (Library, PA) High
  yards in a season.
                                                                                    School … lettered in
     2005: Continued
                                                                                     football and basketball
  his streak of consec-
                                                                                       … all-league defen-
  utive starts for the
                                                                                        sive end led squad
  Cardinals in 2005,
                                                                                         to league title by
  starting the first
                                                                                          posting 13.5 QB
  nine games of the
                                                                                          sacks as a junior
  season before a
                                                                                           … on February
  broken ankle suf-
                                                                                           18, 2008 had his
  fered @ Det (11/13)
                                                                                           college game jer-
  landed him on the injured
                                                                                           sey and number
  reserve list on 11/15 …
                                                                                            (58) retired at
  started the first two games of
                                                                                              Clarion during
  the season at LG and snapped
                                                                                                halftime of a
  in shotgun formations in the
                                                                                                 men’s bas-
  home opener vs. StL (9/18) and
                                                                                                 ketball game
  @ Sea (9/25).
                                                                                                 … on May
     2004: Started at LG in each
                                                                                               10, 2008 both
  of the first 15 games of the sea-
                                                                                  Reggie and his father
  son … shifted to LT for the final
                                                                                  earned their degrees
  game of 2004 due to an injury to
                                                                                 from Clarion, complet-
  Leonard Davis and was part of an
                                                                                    ing a family tradition,
  offensive line that did not allow a
                                                                                     as both his mother,
  sack vs. TB (1/2).
                                                                                      Diane (1990), and
     2003: Appeared in 15 games (one
                                                                                      his brother, Ryan
  start), primarily on special teams …
                                                                                       (2005) also received
  recorded first NFL start at LT in place
                                                                                       degrees from Clarion
  of L.J. Shelton (ankle) vs. Min (12/28)
                                                                                        … earned a bachelor
  in dramatic season ending 18–17 win …
                                                                                        of science degree in
  prior to game-winning TD pass from QB
                                                                                         mass media arts,
  Josh McCown to WR Nate Poole, recovered
                                                                                         journalism        and
  a McCown fumble on previous play when
                                                                                           c o mm un ic a t io n
  Vikings defensive lineman Chris Hovan bat-
                                                                                             studies.
  ted the ball away from McCown.

                             w E L L S c A R E E R S TAT S
                             Year                 Team                GP/GS
                             2003                 Ariz                15/1
                             2004                 Ariz                16/16
                             2005                 Ariz                 9/9
                             2006                 Ariz                16/16
                             2007                 Ariz                16/16
                             2008                 Ariz                16/16
                             Total                                    88/74
                                      WeLLS PoSTSeASoN STATS
                             Year              Team                   GP/GS
                             2008              Ariz                    4/4
                             Total                                     4/4


178             2008 nFc cHAmPionS
                             AdRiAn wiLSon
                              24            STRong SAFETY \ 6 -3 \ 226
                             How Acquired: D3/01 (64th)                       YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 9/9
                             college: North Carolina State                    doB: October 12, 1979
                             Hometown: High Point, NC
                                     Pro Bowl selection: 2006, 2008

Pro Career:                                                                   noTE cARdS
The Cardinals third-round draft choice in 2001 (64th over-
all), Wilson is the longest tenured player on the Arizona         ■ The longest-tenured Cardinal, 2009 will be
roster. Signed a five-year contract extension on 12/22/04            Wilson’s ninth season with the team. Opted
and another on 6/4/09.                                               not to become an unrestricted free agent fol-
     2008: Started 14 of 15 games played during the regu-            lowing the 2004 season and instead signed a
lar season and all four postseason games while earning his           five-year extension on 12/22/04. Signed his
second trip to the Pro Bowl ... collected his first intercep-        second extension on 6/4/09, another five-
tion of the season off QB J.T. O’Sullivan in the first quarter       year deal that will keep him with the Cardinals
@ SF (9/7) in season opener ... after missing practice all           through the 2013 season.
week due to a hamstring injury, saw action on a limited
basis and recorded one QB hit that forced QB Trent Edwards        ■ Enters 2009 with 18 career INTs and 18.5 career
(concussion) out of the game early in the first quarter vs.          sacks. Looks to become just the 10th player in
Buf (10/5) ... led team with six unassisted tackles to eclipse       NFL history with 20+ sacks and 20+ INTs.
600 career tackles and forced QB Marc Bulger to fumble on
his own 21-yard line in the second quarter @ StL (11/2)           ■ Received long-overdue recognition and earned
… recorded a QB hit and one interception that stopped a              his first Pro Bowl berth in 2006 when he was
49ers drive at the AZ 18-yard-line with 2:34 remaining in            selected as a starter to the NFC squad. Named
the fourth quarter vs. SF (11/10); late in the third quarter         to his second Pro Bowl in 2008 when he again
disrupted a play by blitzing just off the center in which QB         started at strong safety.
Shaun Hill fumbled and was recovered by LB Clark Haggans
at the SF 10 yard-line and later resulted in a FG to cut the      ■ In 118 career games with the Cardinals, has
49ers lead to one point ... finished second on the team with         recorded 651 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 18 intercep-
seven tackles, one sack, a pass defensed, a forced fumble            tions and scored four TDs.
and one QB hit @ Sea (11/16); forced RB Julius Jones to
fumble at AZ 32 yard-line and was recovered by DT Darnell         ■ In 2006, returned both an interception and a
Dockett and resulted in a FG on ensuing drive to put the             fumble 99 yards for TDs, becoming the first
Cards up 19-7 in the third quarter ... before leaving the            defensive player in NFL history with two TDs
game in the fourth quarter due to a sprained shoulder, reg-          of 99+ yards in the same season; also only NFL
istered nine tackles and a tackle for loss vs. NYG (11/23)           player ever with multiple 99-yarders without
... recorded two tackles for loss as well as a season-high 10        the benefit of a kickoff return.
tackles vs. Min (12/14) ... started his 100th career game
vs. Sea (12/28) ... started first career playoff game and         ■ His 8.0 sacks in 2005 were the most in NFL
registered five tackles, a forced fumble and a QB hit vs. Atl        history by a defensive back since sacks
(1/3/09); part of defense that held the Falcons, the second          became an official statistic in 1982 and also
best rushing team in the NFL during the regular season with          led the team. The previous record belonged to
152.7 yards per game average, to just 60 yards on 24 car-            Chicago’s Dave Duerson (7.0 in 1986).
ries (2.5 avg.) ... registered two sacks and forced a fumble
on one that was recovered by Cardinals DE Bertrand Berry         registered six tackles @ Was (10/21) as part of defense
vs. Phi (1/18/09); marked the fourth multi-sack game of          that held Washington to 160 total net yards, the low-
his career and first since 9/17/06 vs. Sea ... led team with     est output by a Cardinals opponent since the L.A. Rams
seven solo tackles vs. Pit (2/1/09) in Super Bowl XLIII.         had 152 yards on 9/4/94 … recorded a tackle for loss
     2007: Started first nine games, registering 54 tack-        and one quarterback pressure that resulted in a Karlos
les with two interceptions before suffering season-end-          Dansby interception before leaving the game in the third
ing heel injury vs. Det (11/11) … second on the team             quarter due to a heel injury vs. Det (11/11) … had made
with season-high 10 total tackles and eight unassisted           59 consecutive starts while appearing in 73 straight
tackles as well as one tackle for loss @ Bal (9/23) …            games before being inactive with a right heel injury @
registered five total tackles (three solos) and two tack-        Cin (11/18) … inactive vs. SF (11/25) and placed on
les for loss while intercepting Ben Roethlisberger in            injured reserve on 12/1/07.
end zone in a critical play following a Cardinals fumble            2006: Selected to his first Pro Bowl after starting all
that gave the Steelers the ball at the AZ four-yard line         16 games, returning both a interception and fumble 99
with the score tied in the third quarter vs. Pit (9/30)          yards for touchdowns … had a solid all around game with
… recorded five tackles, an interception and one pass            seven tackles, two sacks and an interception of QB Matt
defensed @ StL (10/7); marked the first time in his              Hasselbeck @ Sea (9/17); the two sacks gave Wilson, who
career with an interception in consecutive games …               set an NFL record for defensive backs with eight sacks in


                                                                                   THE PLAYERS                           179
 2005, eight sacks in his previous nine games … inter-         SF (12/4) … recorded five tackles, three for a loss, and
 cepted a Michael Vick pass near the Cardinals endzone         sacked Mike McMahon twice while defending two passes vs.
 and returned it a franchise record 99 yards for a touch-      Phi (12/24) in one of the strongest days of his career.
 down in the second quarter to help temporarily give the           2004: Started every contest for the Cardinals in 2004 ...
 Cardinals the lead @ Atl (10/1); also recorded five tackles   finished the season second on the team in tackles, and one
 … on Monday Night Football vs. Chi (10/16) recorded six       shy of his second career 100-tackle season … recorded four
 tackles, a sack of Rex Grossman, one pass defensed and
                                                               tackles, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup in the sea-
 a forced fumble ... totaled nine tackles and recovered
 a fourth quarter Chester Taylor fumble at the Cardinals       son opener @ StL (9/12); recovered a fumble on the first St.
 one-yard line and ran in back 99 yards for a TD @ Min         Louis drive of the game after Quentin Harris forced a Steven
 (11/26) … came up with another big game, tying for the        Jackson fumble on the Arizona 26-yard line … intercepted
 team-high with nine tackles while adding an interception,     Michael Vick at the Atl 29 and returned it to the Atl 18 to
 two passes defensed and a forced fumble @ StL (12/3);         set up a Neil Rackers field goal, which gave the Cardinals
 the interception, his fourth of the season tying his career   their only points of the game; tied for a team-high seven
 high, came as the Rams were driving in Arizona                   tackles and had a team-high two passes defensed @ Atl
 territory minutes before halftime helping to                        (9/26) … recovered a fumbled reverse handoff between
 set up a Neil Rackers 23-yard FG … contin-                           Donté Stallworth and Aaron Stecker and returned it
 ued his push for the Pro Bowl with six tack-                          35 yards for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a 7-0
 les and a fumble recovery vs. Sea (12/10);
                                                                       lead with 4:16 left in the first quarter vs. NO (10/3);
 fumble recovery came after Robert Grif-
 fith knocked the ball loose from Seattle                              recorded five tackles; named NFC Defensive Player of
 RB Shawn Alexander and led to a Car-                                               the Week following his five tackles and
 dinals TD on the ensuing posses-                                                      fumble recovery for a touchdown;
 sion; also made the key tackle on                                                      the Cards defense held their oppo-
 fourth down that stopped Seattle’s                                                      nent without a touchdown for the
 potential game winning drive.                                                           second consecutive game for the
     2005: Selected as a Pro Bowl                                                         first time since November, 1970;
 alternate … recorded eight sacks, a                                                         … recorded his first sack of
 team-high and the most by a defen-                                                          the season in addition to two
 sive back in the NFL since sacks                                                             tackles and a forced fumble vs.
 became official in 1982 … recorded                                                             StL (12/19) … notched six
 11 tackles, the second highest                                                                  tackles, one pass defensed
 total on the team @ Sea (9/25)                                                                  and intercepted a Chris Simms
 and broke up one pass … recorded                                                                pass with 1:06 remaining to
 a career-high 17 tackles @ Det                                                                  play which sealed the win for
 (11/13) and defended one pass                                                                  the Cardinals in the season
 … had a career game @ StL                                                                    finale vs. TB (1/2).
 (11/20) sacking the Rams QBs                                                                    2003: Started all but one
 three times and forcing Marc                                                               contest … produced the Cards’
 Bulger out of the game with a                                                             first blocked punt since 1997
 shoulder injury; recorded eight                                                          … recorded eight stops and a
 stops, also recorded a forced                                                         pass deflection vs. Bal (10/12) …
 fumble and recovered a fum-                                                     had three tackles from scrimmage vs. SF
 ble … had another outstanding                                                   (10/26) and blocked punt in the third
 day as he notched seven tackles, two for a                                      quarter which rolled out of bounds at the
 loss, a sack on Alex Smith, a forced fumble,                                   49er 11-yard line; Cards converted the
 recovered a fumble and deflected a pass @                                      possession into a field goal in eventual
                   wo R K i n g TowA R d S T H E 2 0/2 0 c L u b
     Adrian Wilson is on the verge of joining an elite club among NFL defenders. The Pro Bowl safety can
  soon become just the 10th player in NFL history with at least 20 sacks and 20 interceptions.
     Wilson made progress towards his goal in 2008 and now has 18 INT and 18.5 sacks after collecting
  two INTs and 2.5 sacks in the 2008 regular season.
                                  PLAYeRS WITH 20 SACKS/20 INTS
         Player                                                                         Sacks                 Ints
         S Ronde Barber (TB, 1997-present)                                               23.0                  37
         S LeRoy Butler (GB, 1990-01)                                                    20.5                  38
         S Brian Dawkins (Phi/Den, 1996-present)                                         21.0                  34
         LB Donnie Edwards (KC/SD, 1996-present)                                         23.5                  28
         S Rodney Harrison (SD/NE, 1994-08)                                              30.5                  34
         LB Seth Joyner (Phi/Ari/GB/Den, 1986-98)                                        52.0                  24
         LB Ray Lewis (Bal, 1996- present)                                               33.0                  28
         LB Wilber Marshall (Chi/Was/Hou/Ari/NYJ, 1984-95)                               45.0                  23
         LB William Thomas (Phi/Oak, 1991-01)                                            37.0                  27


180                2008 nFc cHAmPionS
                                                  Ag E n T 9 9
    Entering 2006, Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson had two touchdowns
 in his previous five NFL seasons – a 61-yard INT return at Washington
 on 1/6/02 and a 35-yard fumble return vs. New Orleans on 10/3/04.
    He not only matched that figure in 2006, but nearly went the
 length of the field on each.
    The second of those two TDs came at Minnesota on 11/26 when
 he scooped up a fourth quarter fumble by Chester Taylor and raced 99
 yards for a TD. Wilson also had a franchise record 99-yard INT return
 for a TD off Michael Vick in Arizona’s game at Atlanta on 10/1/06.
    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wilson was the first player
 in NFL history to record two touchdowns of 99+ yards in the same
 season without the benefit of a kickoff return TD.
    Wilson became just the fifth player since the 1970 NFL merger to
 record two 99+ yard scores of any kind in the same season. The four
 others all scored on kickoff returns.

        Players with two 99+ yard TDs in one season (since 1970 merger)
        ADRIAN WILSoN, ARIZ.        2006       INT ReTURN (99) & FUmbLe ReTURN (99)
        Justin Miller, NYJ          2006       Both kickoff returns (103 & 99)
        Terry Fair, Det.            1998       Both kickoff returns (105 & 101)
        Roell Preston, G.B.         1998       Both kickoff returns (101 & 100)
        Raymond Clayburn, N.E.      1977       Both kickoff returns (101 & 100)

     Wilson’s 99-yard fumble return at Minnesota also ranked among the longest in NFL history.

        Longest fumble returns in NFL history
        104           Jack Tatum,                                  Oak. vs. GB                      9/24/72
                      Aeneas Williams                              Ariz. vs. Wash.                  11/5/00
        102           Travis Davis                                 Pit. vs. Car.                    12/26/99
        100           Chris Martin                                 K.C. vs. Mia.                    10/13/91
         99           Don Griffin                                  S.F. vs. Chi.                    12/23/91
                      ADRIAN WILSoN                                ARIZ. vS. mIN.                   11/26/06

    The Vikings game began when J.J. Arrington returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a TD. When Wilson
 later scored on his 99-yard fumble return, it marked just the second time in NFL history that teammates
 scored touchdowns of 99+ yards. According to Elias, the other time was a Cowboys-Eagles game on 10/14/62
 when Dallas’ Amos Marsh returned a kickoff 101 yards and Mike Gaechter had a 100-yard INT return.
18–17 victory; whistled for two personal fouls in fourth           2001: Playing time from scrimmage increased as sea-
quarter and ejected from the game … did not start vs. Car      son progressed … active game in win vs. KC (10/21) with
(12/14) due to an illness but came off bench to provide        three tackles, a quarterback hurry on a corner blitz and
three tackles.                                                 two deflected passes; also got a hand on a Corey Chavous
    2002: Vaulted over 100-total tackle plateau in first       interception in the end zone to stymie last-second Chiefs’
season as a starter … recorded three interceptions in 9–6      rally from their own one-yard line to the Cards’ two-yard
win vs. Dal (10/20); earned NFC Defensive Player of the        line with five seconds remaining … recorded first NFL pass
Week honors, most by Cardinal since Kwamie Lassiter made       interception @ Dal (10/28) which he returned 36 yards to
four interceptions in 1998 season finale vs. SD … game-day     give Arizona the ball near midfield with four minutes left
inactive for season-opener @ Was (9/8) while still on mend     … gave Cards an early 7–0 lead in first quarter @ Was
from preseason right-shoulder dislocation vs. Den (8/24)       (1/6) when he stepped in front of Redskin wide receiver
… dismantled the Cowboys with three interceptions plus         Michael Westbrook on a slant route and returned the inter-
thundering sack of Quincy Carter on opening play of game       ception 61 yards for his first NFL touchdown at the 10-min-
vs. Dal (10/20) … season-best 12 combined tackles vs. StL      ute mark of the opening period.
(11/3) … set the table for both Cardinal touchdowns @
Phi (11/17); on first, knocked the ball loose from Eagle QB    College:
Donovan McNabb on third play of game to set up 12-yard
                                                               Two-year starting strong safety at North Carolina State …
touchdown pass; McNabb suffered a fractured an ankle on
                                                               recorded 254 total tackles (144 solos) and 11 stops behind
the play; on second pick, Wilson intercepted McNabb in
                                                               the line of scrimmage in 33 games for the Wolfpack …
the second quarter and returned the ball 35 yards to Phila-
                                                               career tackle total most by a N.C. State defensive back
delphia’s two-yard line; Arizona scored on its ensuing play
                                                               since James Walker collected 289 stops from 1993–95 …
from scrimmage to knot game at 14–14; finished contest
                                                               added three interceptions and 11 pass deflections in 23
with 10 tackles, half-sack, one interception, and one forced
                                                               career starts before entering the NFL Draft following his
fumble … inactive with hamstring injury for season finale
                                                               junior season.
@ Den (12/29).


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  Personal:                                                       able mention high school basketball All-America notice in
  Full name Adrian Lemar Wilson … all-Guilford County hon-        1998, Dream Team All-America selection in 2000 … parks,
  ors from the Greensboro News and Record at T.W. Andrews         recreation, and tourism management major at N.C. State …
  (High Point, NC) High School … most valuable player in          owns a designer shoe store in Scottsdale (AZ) called High
  the coaches’ East-West All-Star Game … played free safety       Point … started the Adrian Wilson Foundation in 2007 …
  and split end as a senior, helping his team to a berth in the   married, wife’s name is Alicia, daughter Aubrei Reign, and
  playoffs … also played basketball and ran track … honor-        son Adrian Jr.
                                  w i L S o n c A R E E R S TAT S
                                  Tackles                   Sacks                Interceptions
      Year     Team    GP/GS Solo Asst. Ttl                Sk Yds           Int. Yds Lg TD PD             FR FF       STT
      2001     Ariz    16/0    19     13 32               0.5     5           2 97 61t       1 10          0  0        12
      2002     Ariz    14/14   68     42 110              1.5     8           4 35 35        0  6          0  1         1
      2003     Ariz    16/15   54     18 72               0.0     0           0     0   0    0  7          0  0         0
      2004     Ariz    16/16   76     23 99               1.0     1           3 62 27        0 11          3  1         4
      2005     Ariz    16/16   95     17 112              8.0    63           1 36 36        0  9          2  2         2
      2006     Ariz    16/16   78      9 87               5.0    33           4 146 99t      1  9          2  4         0
      2007     Ariz     9/9    36     18 54               0.0     0           2 20 20        0  3          0  0         0
      2008     Ariz    15/14   55     30 85               2.5    23           2 37 28        0  8          0  2         1
      Total           118/100 481 170 651                18.5 133            18 433 99t 2 63               7 10        20
      Single Game Highs:
      Tackles: 17, @ Detroit, 11/13/05; Solo Tackles: 11, @ Detroit, 11/13/05. Interceptions: 3, vs. Dallas, 10/20/02;
      Passes Defensed: 3, twice, last vs. Dallas, 10/20/02; Sacks: 3.0, @ St. Louis 11/20/05; Forced Fumbles: 1, 10
      times, last @ Seattle, 11/16/08; Fumble Recoveries: 1, seven times, last vs. Seattle, 12/10/06.
      Touchdowns:
      Fumble recoveries: 2, 35-yard return vs. New Orleans 10/3/04; 99-yard return @ Minnesota 11/26/06.
      Interceptions: 2, 61-yard return @ Washington 1/6/02; 99-yard return @ Atlanta 10/1/06.
      Additional Stats:
      One blocked punt, 2003.

                                             WILSoN PoSTSeASoN STATS
                                       Tackles         Sacks         Interceptions
      Year     Team     GP/GS     Solo Asst. Ttl      Sk Yds    Int. Yds Lg TD                      PD    FR    FF    STT
      2008     Ariz      4/4        16      4 20     2.0    18    0     0   0    0                   1     0     2      0
      Total              4/4       16       4 20     2.0    18    0     0   0 0                      1     0     2      0
      Single Game Highs:
      Tackles: 7, vs. Pittsburgh, 2/1/09; Solo Tackles: 7, vs. Pittsburgh, 2/1/09. Sacks: 2, vs. Philadelphia, 1/18/09.



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                                31           R u n n i n g bAc K \ 5 -1 0 \ 2 2
                                How Acquired: UFA-09                           Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA
                                  (Browns)                                     YeArs nFl/cArdinAls: 5/1
                                college: Northwestern                          doB: July 12, 1982


  Pro Career:                                                         2008: Appeared in 15 games for the Browns and had
  Originally signed with San Francisco as a rookie free agent     23 carries for 85 yards and 22 receptions for 156 yards
                                                                  and his first career receiving touchdown … totaled five
  on 4/26/04 but was waived by the 49ers following training
                                                                  carries for 18 yards and one reception for 10 yards while
  camp on 8/31/04. Signed by Atlanta to the practice squad        also adding two special teams tackles @ Cin (9/28) …
  on 9/7/04 and was waived on 10/19/04. Re-signed to the          recorded three receptions for 22 yards, including a long
  Falcons practice squad on 10/25/04 and was signed to the        of 17 yards @ Jax (10/26) … recorded three receptions
  active roster on 12/14/04, appearing in two games. Waived       for 22 yards and a TD vs. Bal (11/2); first career receiv-
  by Atlanta on 9/3/05 and signed to the Browns practice          ing TD came in the third quarter, capping an eight-play,
  squad on 9/13/05. Signed to Cleveland’s active roster on        72-yard drive with a seven-yard TD reception that gave
  11/3/05 before being waived on 12/19/05. Re-signed to           the team a 27-13 lead … appeared at both running back
  the Browns practice squad on 12/20/05 and signed a futures      and on special teams @ Buf (11/17) but left the game
  contract with Cleveland on 1/4/06. Signed a one-year con-       in the fourth quarter with a stinger and did not return …
  tract extension on 2/20/07. As an unrestricted free agent,      recorded a then career-high five receptions for 40 yards
  signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/16/09.       @ Ten (12/7) … for the second time in three weeks,


182                   2008 nFc cHAmPionS
established a career-high with six receptions for 33 yards          2005: Began the year with Atlanta and was waived
vs. Cin (12/21); also had seven carries for 30 yards …          at the end of training camp … signed to the Browns
placed on injured reserve (ankle) on 12/23.                     practice squad where he spent seven weeks before being
    2007: Appeared in all 16 games (one start) for the          signed to the active roster on 11/3 … appeared in three
first time in his career and recorded 60 carries for a          games with 11 carries for 27 yards and a TD and added
career-high 277 yards with 24 receptions for 233 yards …        three receptions for 15 yards … made his Browns debut
added three kickoff returns for 49 yards and seven special      vs. Ten (11/6) and had eight carries for 19 yards, includ-
teams tackles … saw time at running back and tallied            ing his first career TD, a six-yard run; added three recep-
two special teams tackles vs. Cin (9/16) … appeared at          tions for 15 yards … returned one kickoff 17 yards @ Pit
running back and recorded two carries for 27 yards vs.          (11/13) … after recording three carries for eight yards
Bal (9/30); in the second quarter had a key 15-yard run         vs. Mia (11/20), was inactive for the following three con-
down to the Baltimore 24-yard line, resulting in a field        tests @ Min (11/27); vs. Jax (12/4); @ Cin (12/11) …
goal three plays later that gave the team a 17-3 lead …         waived by the Browns due to injuries at the tight end
appeared at running back after starter Jamal Lewis left         position and was re-signed to the practice squad where
the game with a foot injury on the second play of the           he finished the season.
game and recorded 15 attempts for 59 yards and four                 2004: After signing to the Falcons practice squad
receptions for 43 yards @ NE (10/7); also appeared on           on 9/7, spent 12 weeks there before being signed to the
special teams, returning a kickoff 19 yards and recording       active roster on 12/14 … made his NFL debut vs. Car
one tackle … in his only start of the season, established       (12/18) and had two carries for two yards … added one
a career-high with 20 carries for 59 yards and a TD while       rush for eight yards @ NO (12/26) … inactive for the
also hauling in three receptions for 39 yards vs. Mia           regular season finale and two playoff games.
(10/14); the rushing TD was the second of his career …
totaled four carries for 19 yards with one reception for        College:
seven yards while also recording two special teams tack-        Finished his career as the fourth all-time leading
les @ StL (10/28) … rushed three times for 38 yards and         rusher with 2,625 yards, third all-time in all-purpose
caught three passes for 34 yards @ Cin (12/23).
                                                                yards with 4,030 and fourth all-time in scoring with
    2006: In his second season with the Browns, earned a
                                                                210 points at Northwestern … in his collegiate career,
roster spot during training camp and appeared in 13 games
                                                                rushed for 2,625 yards and 32 TDs on 487 carries (5.4
with three starts … recorded a career-high 62 carries that
                                                                avg.) and added 577 yards and two TDs on 54 recep-
went for 189 yards and caught six passes for 82 yards …
                                                                tions (10.7 avg.) … also had 828 yards with one TD on
inactive for the regular season opener vs. NO (9/10) …
appeared on special teams and recorded one special teams        31 kickoff returns … became the only player in school
tackle @ Car (10/8); vs. Den (10/22); @ SD (11/5) …             history to rush for four TDs in a game on three separate
made his first-career start for Reuben Droughns (foot) and      occasions in one season and the third player to record a
rushed for a career-high 74 yards on 18 carries with one        pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons in school history.
reception for six yards vs. Pit (11/19) … rushed 11 times
for 25 yards and caught two passes for a career-high 70         Personal:
yards, including a career-long 54-yard reception vs. KC         Full name Jason Gomillion Wright … lettered in foot-
(12/3); made a key play late in the first half as he took a     ball and track at Diamond Bar (CA) High School where
swing pass on third-and-10 from the Kansas City 17-yard         he finished his prep career with 4,268 yards on 519
line and shook a defender for 16 yards down to the Chiefs       carries and 357 yards on 36 receptions with 58 total
one-yard line, resulting in a Droughns TD on the next play      TDs … was a two-time first-team Academic All-America
to make it 14-14 at the half; in the fourth quarter, took a     selection at Northwestern where he was a double-
shovel pass 54 yards down to the Kansas City six-yard line      major in psychology and pre-medicine … scored in
resulting in a Steve Heiden TD reception two plays later        the 92nd percentile on the MCAT exam in the fall of
to cut the deficit to 29-21 … started @ Bal (12/17) and         2003 … along with his wife, Tiffany, were passionate
had eight carries for 37 yards before suffering a knee injury   supporters of urban education and development initia-
that that would force him to miss the final two games …         tives around the Cleveland area during his time with
placed on injured reserve (knee) on 12/19.                      the Browns.

                                w R i g H T c A R E E R S TAT S
                                                 Rushing                                       Receiving
 Year          Team            GP/GS Att.        Yds Avg          Lg    TD      No.     Yds     Avg Lg        TD     STT
 2004          Atl              2/0    3          10    3.3        9     0        0       0     0.0    0       0       0
 2005          Cle              3/0   11          27    2.5        6     1        3      15     5.0 15         0       0
 2006          Cle             13/3   62         189    3.0       18     0        6      82    13.7 54         0       6
 2007          Cle             16/1   60         277    4.6       15     1       24     233     9.7 23         0       7
 2008          Cle             15/0   23          85    3.7        9     0       22     156     7.1 17         1       4
 Total                         49/4 159          588 3.7          18     2       55     486     8.8 54         1      17
 Single Game Highs:
 Rushing: Attempts: 20, vs. Miami, 10/14/07; Yards: 74, vs. Pittsburgh, 11/19/06; Long: 18,
 @ Baltimore, 12/17/06; TDs: 1, twice, last vs. Miami, 10/14/07: Receiving: Receptions: 6, vs.
 Cincinnati, 12/21/06; Yards: 70, vs. Kansas City, 12/3/06; Long: 54, vs. Kansas City, 12/3/06;
 TDs: 1, vs. Baltimore, 11/2/08.
 Additional Stats:
 Kickoff Returns: 1 for 17 yards in 2005; 3 for 49 yards in 2007; 1 for 15 yards in 2008.


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                              2009 ARizonA cARdinALS
  no.   nAmE                            PoS.   HT.     wT.    dob       nFL ExP.   coLLEgE                 HomETown
  27	   Adams,	Michael	                 CB	    5-8	    181	   6/17/85	      3	     Louisiana-Lafayette	    Dallas,	TX
  70	   Banks,	Jason	                   DE	    6-5	    296	   5/8/85	       1	     Grambling	              Baton	Rouge,	LA
  84	   Becht,	Anthony	                 TE	    6-6	    270	   8/8/77	      10	     West	Virginia	          Drexel	Hill,	PA
  92	   Berry,	Bertrand	                DE	    6-3	    254	   8/15/75	     12	     Notre	Dame	             Houston,	TX
  81	   Boldin,	Anquan	                 WR	    6-1	    217	   10/3/80	      7	     Florida	State	          Pahokee,	FL
  78	   Branch,	Alan	                   DT	    6-5	    338	   12/29/84	     3	     Michigan	               Rio	Rancho,	NM
  15	   Breaston,	Steve	                WR	    6-0	    189	   8/20/83	      3	     Michigan	               North	Braddock,	PA
  52	   Brown,	Cody	                    OLB	   6-3	    244	   11/9/86	      R	     Connecticut	            Coral	Springs,	FL
  61	   Brown,	Elton	                   G/T	   6-5	    338	   5/22/82	      5	     Virginia	               Hampton,	VA
  75	   Brown,	Levi	                    T	     6-5	    324	   3/16/84	      3	     Penn	State	             Norfolk,	VA
  20	   Brown,	Ralph	                   CB	    5-10	   185	   9/16/78	     10	     Nebraska		              LaPuenta,	CA
  96	   Bullock,	Chase	                 LB	    6-3	    234	   2/13/86	      R	     Maryland	               Durham,	NC
  39	   Byrd,	Dominqiue	                TE	    6-3	    255	   2/7/84	       3	     USC	                    Minneapolis,	MN
  93	   Campbell,	Calais	               DE	    6-8	    290	   9/1/86	       2	     Miami	                  Aurora,	CO
  60	   Canfield,	Trevor	               G	     6-5	    307	   1/10/86	      R	     Cincinnati	             Cincinnati,	OH
  46	   Castille,	Tim	                  FB	    5-11	   238	   5/29/84	      3	     Alabama	                Birmingham,	AL
  62	   Claxton,	Ben	                   C		    6-2	    301	   7/30/80	      3	     Mississippi	            Dublin,	GA
  58	   Dansby,	Karlos	                 LB	    6-4	    250	   11/3/81	      6	     Auburn	                 Birmingham,	AL
  37	   Davis,	Tony	                    CB	    5-10	   195	   9/9/86	       R	     Penn	State	             Warren,	OH
  59	   Davis,	Will	                    OLB	   6-2	    261	   6/2/86	       R	     Illinois	               Greenbelt,	MD
  90	   Dockett,	Darnell	               DT	    6-4	    285	   5/27/81	      6	     Florida	State	          Burtonsville,	MD
  80	   Doucet,	Early	                  WR	    6-0	    212	   10/28/85	     2	     LSU	                    St.	Martinville,	LA
  43	   Dowling,	Jameel	                CB	    6-3	    205	   12/29/84	     R	     Hawaii	                 Tacoma,	WA
  73	   Dykes,	Keilen	                  DT	    6-3	    305	   9/6/84	       1	     West	Virginia	          Youngstown,	OH
  11	   Fitzgerald,	Larry	              WR	    6-3	    217	   8/31/83	      6	     Pittsburgh	             Minneapolis,	MN
  23	   Fontenot,	Wilrey	               CB	    5-10	   169	   10/14/84	     1	     Arizona	                Dallas,	TX
  47	   Francisco,	Aaron	               FS	    6-2	    207	   7/5/83	       5	     Brigham	Young	          Laie,	HI
  69	   Gandy,	Mike	                    T	     6-4	    316	   1/3/79	       9	     Notre	Dame	             Dallas,	TX
  16	   Gant,	Edward	                   WR	    6-3	    190	   1/24/84	      R	     North	Alabama	          Fort	Myers,	FL
  18	   Garvin,	Michael	Ray	            WR	    5-8	    182	   9/29/86	      R	     Florida	State	          Upper	Saddle	River,	NJ
  5	    Graham,	Ben	                    P	     6-5	    235	   11/2/73	      5	     Deakin	(Australia)	     Geelong,	Australia
  33	   Green,	Justin	                  FB	    6-0	    246	   4/30/82	      4	     Montana	                San	Diego,	CA
  53	   Haggans,	Clark	                 LB	    6-4	    243	   1/10/77	     10	     Colorado	State	         Torrance,	CA
  54	   Hayes,	Gerald	                  MLB	   6-1	    246	   10/10/80	     7	     Pittsburgh	             Paterson,	NJ
  95	   Highsmith,	Ali	                 LB	    6-1	    230	   1/20/85	      2	     LSU	                    Miami,	FL
  34	   Hightower,	Tim	                 RB	    6-0	    222	   5/23/86	      2	     Richmond	               Alexandria,	VA
  57	   Hobson,	Victor	                 LB	    6-0	    254	   2/3/80	       7	     Michigan	               Mt.	Laurel,	NJ
  91	   Iwebema,	Kenny	                 DE	    6-4	    280	   2/6/85	       2	     Iowa	                   Arlington,	TX
  67	   Johnson,	Herman	                G/T	   6-7	    382	   1/29/85	      R	     LSU	                    Denton,	TX
  41	   Johnson,	Rashad	                FS	    5-11	   203	   1/2/86	       R	     Alabama	                Sulligent,	AL
  86	   Jones,	Onrea	                   WR	    6-0	    202	   12/22/83	     1	     Hampton	                Williamsburg,	VA
  72	   Keith,	Brandon	                 T	     6-5	    338	   11/21/84	     2	     Northern	Iowa	          McAlester,	OK
  38	   Keyes,	Dennis	                  FS	    6-2	    203	   3/26/85	      1	     UCLA	                   Canoga	Park,	CA
  35	   Kreider,	Dan	                   FB	    5-11	   250	   3/11/77	     10	     New	Hampshire	          Lancaster,	PA
  48	   Leach,	Mike		                   LS	    6-2	    238	   10/18/76	    10	     William	&	Mary	         Jefferson	Township,	NJ
  7	    Leinart,	Matt	                  QB	    6-5	    232	   5/11/83	      4	     USC	                    Santa	Ana,	CA
  94	   Leisle,	Rodney	                 DT	    6-3	    315	   2/5/81	       4	     UCLA	                   Bakersfield,	CA
  28	   Lewis,	Keith	                   S	     6-1	    222	   10/20/81	     6	     Oregon	                 Sacramento,	CA
  19	   Long,	Lance	                    WR	    5-11	   186	   5/4/85	       1	     Mississippi	State	      Macomb,	MI
  76	   Lutui,	Deuce	                   G	     6-4	    338	   5/5/83	       4	     USC	                    Mesa,	AZ
  25	   McFadden,	Bryant	               CB	    6-0	    190	   11/21/81	     5	     Florida	State	          Florence,	SC
  66	   Medder,	Carlton	                G	     6-5	    315	   12/1/84	      1	     Florida			              Clermont,	FL
  10	   Morales,	Shane	                 WR	    6-1	    209	   12/12/86	     R	     Oregon	State	           Valencia,	CA
  87	   Morey,	Sean	                    WR	    5-11	   193	   2/26/76	      9	     Brown	                  Marshfield,	MA
  56	   Okeafor,	Chike	                 OLB	   6-5	    256	   3/27/76	      11	    Purdue	                 W.	Lafayette,	IN
  3	    Palko,	Tyler	                   QB	    6-1	    215	   8/9/83	       2	     Pittsburgh	             Imperial,	PA
  89	   Patrick,	Ben	                   TE	    6-3	    264	   8/23/84	      3	     Delaware	               Savannah,	GA
  65	   Pearce,	Brandon	                T	     6-6	    290	   8/28/85	      R	     Memphis	                Memphis,	TN
  82	   Pope,	Leonard	                  TE	    6-8	    264	   9/10/83	      4	     Georgia	                Americus,	GA
  1	    Rackers,	Neil	                  K	     6-1	    206	   8/16/76	     10	     Illinois	               St.	Louis,	MO
  50	   Raiola,	Donovan	                C	     6-2	    300	   12/13/82	      1	    Wisconsin	              Honolulu,	HI
  97	   Robinson,	Bryan	                DT	    6-4	    304	   6/22/74	     13	     Fresno	State	           Toledo,	OH
  29	   Rodgers-Cromartie,	Dominique	   CB	    6-2	    182	   4/7/86	       2	     Tennessee	State	        Bradenton,	FL
  21	   Rolle,	Antrel	                  S	     6-0	    208	   12/16/82	     5	     Miami	                  Homestead,	FL
  79	   Ross,	Oliver	                   T	     6-5	    315	   9/27/74	     12	     Iowa	State	             Los	Angeles,	CA
  63	   Sendlein,	Lyle	                 C	     6-3	    305	   3/16/84	      3	     Texas	                  Scottsdale,	AZ
  49	   Shor,	Alex	                     TE	    6-8	    254	   1/29/83	       1	    Syracuse	               Panama	City,	FL
  83	   Spach,	Stephen	                 TE	    6-4	    260	   7/18/82	      4	     Fresno	State	           Clovis,	CA
  36	   Stephens-Howling,	LaRod	        RB	    5-7	    180	   4/26/87	      R	     Pittsburgh	             Johnstown,	PA
  2	    St.	Pierre,	Brian	              QB	    6-3	    224	   11/28/79	     7	     Boston	College	         Salem,	MA
  51	   Togafau,	Pago	                  LB	    5-11	   240	   1/10/84	      3	     Idaho	State	            Long	Beach,	CA
  32	   Toler,	Greg	                    CB	    6-0	    191	   1/2/85	       R	     Saint	Paul’s	(Va.)	     Washington,	DC
  85	   Urban,	Jerheme	                 WR	    6-3	    207	   11/26/80	     6	     Trinity	                Victoria,	TX
  68	   Vallejo,	Elliot	                T	     6-7	    312	   5/17/84	      2	     Cal-Davis	              Salinas,	CA
  30	   Vincent,	Chris	                 RB	    6-1	    218	   9/3/81	        1	    Oregon	                 Philadelphia,	PA
  55	   Walker,	Reggie	                 LB	    6-0	    238	   12/15/86	     R	     Kansas	State	           Sacramento,	CA
  22	   Ware,	Matt	                     S	     6-2	    215	   12/2/82	      6	     UCLA	                   Los	Angeles,	CA
  13	   Warner,	Kurt	                   QB	    6-2	    214	   6/22/71	     12	     Northern	Iowa	          Burlington,	IA
  98	   Watson,	Gabe	                   DT	    6-4	    329	   9/24/83	      4	     Michigan	               Southfield,	MI
  26	   Wells,	Beanie	                  RB	    6-1	    228	   8/7/88	       R	     Ohio	State	             Akron,	OH
  74	   Wells,	Reggie	                  G	     6-4	    312	   11/3/80	      7	     Clarion	(PA)	           Library,	PA
  24	   Wilson,	Adrian	                 SS	    6-3	    226	   10/12/79	     9	     North	Carolina	State	   High	Point,	NC
  31	   Wright,	Jason	                  RB	    5-10	   212	   7/12/82	      5	     Northwestern	           Diamond	Bar,	CA




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