The team was formed in 1898 as the Morgan Athletic Club in Chicago. The club was then called the Racine Normals, since they were originally located in Normal Park on Chicago's Racine Avenue. They then changed their name to the Racine Cardinals after they started wearing dark reddish uniforms, inherited from the collegiate Chicago Maroons.
The Cardinals have never made a Super Bowl appearance; they are currently one of six NFL teams never to have done so. Their lone NFL championship game victory, in 1947, while based in Chicago, came two decades before the first Super Bowl Game was played. The club's other NFL championship, in 1925, occurred eight years before the league began holding a championship game. In 1988, they moved to Arizona from St. Louis, Missouri. In 2006 the club began playing all home games at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, after spending 17 years at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe
After becoming a charter member of the NFL in 1920, the club was renamed the Chicago Cardinals. In 1944, during the lean years of World War II, the Cardinals temporarily merged into the Pittsburgh Steelers and became one franchise, usually referred to as Card-Pitt, for that one season. The team was later known as the Phoenix Cardinals before it started using "Arizona" in its name in 1994.
The Cardinals were NFL Champions in 1925 and 1947 and last played for the NFL title in 1948. However, the team has not won a league title nor played in the championship game since then, and thus currently holds the NFL record for the longest championship drought and along with the Houston Texans (founded in 2002) are the only team not to appear in a conference championship game.
Chicago years (1898-1959)
The Cardinals are the oldest existing football club in the United States. Early in the 20th century (by 1913), the team turned professional.
The team disbanded in 1906 mostly for lack of local competition, but reformed in 1913. They were forced to suspend operations for a second time in 1918 because of World War I and the outbreak of the Spanish Flu Pandemic. They resumed operations later in the year, and have since operated continuously. The Cardinals won their last NFL championship game in 1947 (28-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles).
St. Louis years (1960-1987)
Coincidentally, St. Louis already had a baseball team called the "Cardinals". The established National League team eventually decided against pressing a formal objection to another sports team in the city using the same name. Sports fans and local news broadcasters called the team "the St. Louis football Cardinals" to distinguish the two teams.
The new St. Louis football Cardinals were much improved, and the team was competitive for much of the 1960s. New stars emerged. This period for the franchise was characterized by exciting close games, come-from-behind nailbiters, and several frustrating near-misses. In 1977, the Cardinals started slowly but won 6 consecutive games before losing the Thanksgiving Day game to the Miami Dolphins, 55-14. During the Cardinals' 28-year stay in St. Louis, they advanced to the playoffs just three times (1974, 1975 & 1982), never hosting or winning in any appearance. The team left St. Louis before the 1988 season. Arizona years (1988-Present)
In 1988, the Cardinals moved to Arizona, and the Phoenix Cardinals started playing home games in Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University.
The Cardinals have not had a winning season since their 1998 playoff appearance. In 2007, under new coach Ken Whisenhunt the Cardinals went 8-8, their best record since 1998.
The team has used the cardinal red jerseys since Chris O'Brien bought them for the club in 1901. And for most of its history, the Cardinals have used the same basic uniform design of white helmets, white pants with red stripes on the sides, and either red or white jerseys. Starting in 1947, the team had a logo of a cardinal bird perched on the stitches of a football.
Arizona Cardinals, despite ups and downs in their career have still remained close to the hearts of millions of fans till this day.
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