Chicago Cardinals

    The Chicago Cardinals, who are the modern day Arizona Cardinals, were an American football team based in Chicago, Illinois who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1922 through 1959 and the American Professional Football Association (APFA) from 1920 through 1921.

    Football Almanac is pleased present a comprehensive Chicago Cardinals history which includes links to every Chicago Cardinals roster in history (every roster has every player who appeared in a game so this means every Chicago Cardinals player is just a click away as well), some Chicago Cardinals franchise facts, Chicago Cardinals regular season records, Chicago Cardinals Hall of Famers and other Chicago Cardinals historical facts.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: See Arizona Cardinals team page for a comprehensive franchise history. This page ONLY contains data about the team while they were playing as the Chicago Cardinals, and not during its franchise.

How did they become the Cardinals? The Cardinals originally played in Chicago as a charter member of the American Professional Football Association (APFA). The team moved to St. Louis in 1960 and then to Chicago in 1988. Contrary to popular logic, the team was not named after the beautiful bird but instead because the team played in used maroon jerseys the original team (in pre-NFL years) had purchased from the University of Chicago. When an observer scoffed that the jerseys were “faded red,” team owner Chris O’Brien countered that they weren’t “faded red,” they were “cardinal red.” - Pro Football Hall of Fame (Franchise nicknames, Source)

Chicago Cardinals

Chicago Cardinals History by Football Almanac

Year Established:

1920

Home Town:

Chicago, Illinois

Year League Conference Team Rosters Wins Losses Ties Coach(es)
1959 NFL East 1959 Chicago Cardinals 2 10 0 Pop Ivy
1958 NFL East 1958 Chicago Cardinals 2 9 1 Pop Ivy
1957 NFL East 1957 Chicago Cardinals 3 9 0 Ray Richards
1956 NFL East 1956 Chicago Cardinals 7 5 0 Ray Richards
1955 NFL East 1955 Chicago Cardinals 4 7 1 Ray Richards
1954 NFL East 1954 Chicago Cardinals 2 10 0 Joe Stydahar
1953 NFL East 1953 Chicago Cardinals 1 10 1 Joe Stydahar
1952 NFL American 1952 Chicago Cardinals 4 8 0 Joe Kuharich
1951 NFL American 1951 Chicago Cardinals 1 1 0 Cecil Isbell
1951 NFL American 1951 Chicago Cardinals 1 1 0 Phil Handler
1951 NFL American 1951 Chicago Cardinals 2 8 0 Curly Lambeau
1950 NFL American 1950 Chicago Cardinals 5 7 0 Curly Lambeau
1949 NFL Western 1949 Chicago Cardinals 6 5 1 Phil Handler
1948 NFL Western 1948 Chicago Cardinals 11 1 0 Jimmy Conzelman
1947 NFL Western 1947 Chicago Cardinals 9 3 0 Jimmy Conzelman
1946 NFL Western 1946 Chicago Cardinals 6 5 0 Jimmy Conzelman
1945 NFL Western 1945 Chicago Cardinals 1 9 0 Phil Handler
1943 NFL Western 1943 Chicago Cardinals 0 10 0 Phil Handler
1942 NFL Western 1942 Chicago Cardinals 3 8 0 Jimmy Conzelman
1941 NFL Western 1941 Chicago Cardinals 3 7 1 Jimmy Conzelman
1940 NFL Western 1940 Chicago Cardinals 2 7 2 Jimmy Conzelman
1939 NFL Western 1939 Chicago Cardinals 1 10 0 Ernie Nevers
1938 NFL Western 1938 Chicago Cardinals 2 9 0 Milan Creighton
1937 NFL Western 1937 Chicago Cardinals 5 5 1 Milan Creighton
1936 NFL Western 1936 Chicago Cardinals 3 8 1 Milan Creighton
1935 NFL Western 1935 Chicago Cardinals 6 4 2 Milan Creighton
1934 NFL Western 1934 Chicago Cardinals 5 6 0 Paul Schissler
1933 NFL Western 1933 Chicago Cardinals 1 9 1 Paul Schissler
1932 NFL 1932 Chicago Cardinals 2 6 2 Jack Chevigny
1931 NFL 1931 Chicago Cardinals 0 1 0 Roy Andrews
1931 NFL 1931 Chicago Cardinals 5 3 0 Ernie Nevers
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1930 NFL 1930 Chicago Cardinals 5 6 2 Ernie Nevers
1929 NFL 1929 Chicago Cardinals 6 6 1 Dewey Scanlon
1928 NFL 1928 Chicago Cardinals 1 5 0 Fred Gillies
1927 NFL 1927 Chicago Cardinals 3 7 1 Guy Chamberlin
1926 NFL 1926 Chicago Cardinals 5 6 1 Norm Barry
1925 NFL 1925 Chicago Cardinals 11 2 1 Norm Barry
1924 NFL 1924 Chicago Cardinals 5 4 1 Arnie Horween
1923 NFL 1923 Chicago Cardinals 8 4 0 Arnie Horween
1922 NFL 1922 Chicago Cardinals 8 3 0 Paddy Driscoll
Year League Conference Team Rosters Wins Losses Ties Coach(es)
1921 APFA 1921 Chicago Cardinals 3 3 2 Paddy Driscoll
1920 APFA 1920 Chicago Cardinals 3 2 1 Paddy Driscoll
Chicago Cardinals History by Football Almanac


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