4 former Cardinals are 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists

The Arizona Cardinals had one of their own inducted into and enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year when quarterback Kurt Warner made the cut.

The list of semifinalists was announced for the 2018 class of Hall of Famers, and some former Cardinals are on the list.

The most notable is Don Coryell, who coached in St. Louis in the 70s and revolutionized the passing game in the NFL. He is known more for his time with the San Diego Chargers. He never won a Super Bowl. He was 111-83-1 in his career as a coach and 42-27-1 with the Cardinals.

Running back Edgerrin James and guard Alan Faneca are no strangers to this list. They have been here before. Both made names for themselves on other teams but played for Arizona in the twilight of their careers.

James rushed for more than 1,100 yards his first two seasons with the Cardinals and, while he played less and gained only 514 yards in 2008, his play in the postseason was key to their Super Bowl run.

Faneca was perhaps the best guard of his generation, playing mostly for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His final season was with the Cardinals in 2010.

The new addition this year is Simeon Rice, one of the most prolific pass rushers in the NFL. He was drafted originally by the Cardinals in 1996 and played five seasons. He had 51.5 sacks in five seasons before playing six more for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He picked up another 69.5 sacks, giving him 122 in his career — tied for the 19th-most in NFL history.

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