JJ Watt will soon join other legendary players who spent the final days of their NFL careers with the Arizona Cardinals.
Last week, the great JJ Watt informed the Arizona Cardinals that he was retiring from football. A three-time winner of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, he’s been a breath of fresh air since day one, setting an example for his Cardinals teammates on and off the field.
Of course, Arizona fans would have been happier if Watt had had more than one campaign with the organization. Assuming the 33-year-old survives his next two Sundays unscathed, Watt’s entire stint with the Redbirds would have consisted of his 23 stellar appearances.
Despite the small sample size, the franchise and its fans should be utterly honored by the fact that Watts is calling the day with the team we love. Here are four additional legendary players who spent their days in card uniforms.
Player #1: Emmitt Smith – running back
Most league observers knew the end was near when the sensational Emmitt Smith flocked to the Cardinals in 2003. Following his escape from the Dallas Cowboys, with the Redbirds.
Smith’s first season in Arizona was absolutely unforgettable. A broken shoulder blade saw him appear in six games for the 5-foot-9-inch, 221-pounder, and Smith said he finished his 2003 campaign with 256 rushing yards and his two touchdowns. rice field.
Smith, 35, was really usable in 2004 when he gained 1,042 total yards from scrimmage and scored nine points in 15 starts for the “Big Reds.” The Florida native retired in February 2005 and was inducted into his Football Hall of Fame five years later.