If asked, you probably wouldn't say the Arizona Cardinals but they are the answer to the question: “Who is the oldest continuously run professional football team in America?” The Cards are also one of two original NFL teams still left in the league (the other being the Chicago Bears). The Cardinals, named after a color not the bird, were founded in Chicago in 1898. The team moved to St. Louis in 1960 and stayed there until 1987. For the 1988 NFL season, the club relocated to Tempe, Arizona. For most of their century long existence, the Cardinals have struggled. They won just two NFL Championships—a contested one in 1927 and one in which they actually won a championship game in 1947. In 2009, the franchise won three playoff games on route to their first Super Bowl appearance. Those three playoff victories doubled their total playoff wins in franchise history. The Cardinals were unsuccessful in Super Bowl XLIII losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-23.
The Cardinals are aligned in the NFC West along with the St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks. Due to their long tenure in the NFC East, the Cards also have a rivalry, albeit a lopsided one, with the Dallas Cowboys. The team's home field is the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Some notable Cardinals over the years include John "Paddy" Driscoll, Ernie Nevers, Dan Dierdorf, Larry Wilson, and Roger Wehrli. In June of 2002, Cardinals safety Pat Tillman gave up his lucrative NFL contract and enlisted in the U.S. Army. After several tours of duty, Tillman was killed in Afghanistan. His heroism has been immortalized by both the Cardinals and the NFL.