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When the Arizona Cardinals announced they agreed to terms with linebacker Devon Kennard, they brought home another hometown player. Kennard not only played high school ball in Phoenix, he also brings a Cardinals legacy in his family.

His father played for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals from 1986-1990.

According to Mark Dalton, who is the head of media relations for the team, this will be the third time in team history in which a father and son both played for the Cardinals.

The other two father-son duos are Kevin Butler and Drew Butler, and Terry and Eric Metcalf.

Let’s find out more about the other father-son combos.

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The Cardinals’ defensive line might be the most concerning position on the defense. Against the run, they finished 24th in the NFL last season and the line had a combined seven sacks. Their unit is led by 31-year-old nose tackle Corey Peters, who remains the most consistent run defender on the team. He finished the 2019 season with 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

After him, they are counting on last year’s third-round pick Zach Allen to start as the left side defensive tackle. He had a disappointing rookie year, suffering a season-ending neck injury in week four. Allen finished the year with only eight tackles through 144 snaps.

Even then, expectations remain very high for the second-year defensive tackle. The Cardinals had him as a top-25 prospect on their draft board for a reason and are hoping for big improvements from the Boston College standout.

The return of Brentson Buckner as the Cardinals’ defensive line coach certainly helps. He helped the Raiders jump from last in the NFL in sacks (13) in 2018 to 24th (32) last season. Their run defense also made a significant improvement from being 30th in 2018 to eighth in 2019. He was one of the biggest reasons why the Cardinals had so much success from 2013 to 2017.

Seventh-round pick Michael Dogbe, Miles Brown, and Lyndon Johnson are the only other defensive lineman under contract for the Cardinals through 2020. Dogbe had some good moments in the preseason but was a healthy scratch for most of the year. He had five tackles, one tackle for loss, and one QB hit through eight games. Brown was in and out of the roster but finished with four tackles. Johnson signed with the team on a futures contract.

With that said, they are still in search of a dominant starting defensive tackle that they have been missing since the departure of Calais Campbell in free agency a few seasons ago. Rodney Gunter is an impending free agent that led the Cardinals’ defensive lineman in sacks (3). His 2019 statistics also include 31 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and 10 QB hits. His familiarity with Buckner and Vance Joseph’s defense makes him a player likely to be re-signed.

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Zach Kerr and Jonathan Bullard were quality backup defensive lineman for the Cardinals last season but are impending free agents as well. Cardinals will be interested in re-signing them but not before letting them test the market. Clinton McDonald and Caraun Reid will not be back.

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The Cardinals can immediately improve their defensive line by trading for Chiefs’ DT Chris Jones or the Jaguars’ DT Calais Campbell. If they choose to upgrade the nose tackle position, Steelers’ Javon Hargrave and Texans’ D.J. Reader are good options. None of these players will come cheap but it is the price they have to pay for quality players.

If they choose to go bargain hunting, Cowboys’ Maliek Collins or Eagles’ Timmy Jernigan would fit the bill. Derek Wolfe and Shelby Harris will get plenty of interest from the Cardinals.

Javon Kinlaw and Derrick Brown are the top defensive tackle prospects on the 2020 draft class. Day two prospects to consider are A.J. Epenesa, Ross Blacklock, Jordan Elliott, and Justin Madubuike.

If the Cardinals can improve their run defense and upgrade the pass rush up front, it will do wonders for the secondary which finished 31st last season.

Whatever the team decides to do, this position must be prioritized in either free agency or the draft. No more taking chances on inconsistent draft prospects like Robert Nkemdiche, or aging players like Terrell Suggs. If the Cardinals want to contend in 2020, they need to minimize their mistakes and get the most out of the money they spend.

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The flood of one-year roster-building deals continued Wednesday for the Cardinals as they agreed to terms with veteran defensive lineman Trevon Coley as well as running back D.J. Foster.

Foster, acquired by the Cardinals in 2017, finished last season on injured reserve with a hamstring issue. He has appeared in only 13 games for the Cardinals, having missed all of 2018 with an injury. Mostly used as a receiving back in 2017, he had 17 catches that season. The former Arizona State and Scottsdale Saguaro High School star has not had a catch or rushing attempt the past two seasons.

Coley played in seven games for the Colts in 2019, but the previous two seasons he started 29 games for the Browns, compiling 80 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

His signing comes the same day former Cardinal defensive lineman Zach Kerr signed as a free agent with Carolina. The Cardinals already re-signed Jonathan Bullard on the defensive line, and also brought in newcomer Jordan Phillips as a free agent to be a starter on the line.

Foster is only the third running back on the roster, along with Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds.

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The Cardinals are hoping for a major turnaround in 2020 behind quarterback Kyler Murray, but the roster still needs to be upgraded. General Manager Steve Keim has some cap space this offseason and will aim to plug holes on both sides of the ball. This is the final positional group breakdown leading into free agency, which is scheduled to begin with the legal tampering period on Monday, March 16.

Free agent primer: Offensive Line

Other positional primers: LB I WR I DL I QB I CB I TE I S I RB I ST

Cap hit of players under contract for 2020 (via OverTheCap.com): T D.J. Humphries ($12.8 million); G Justin Pugh ($10.5 million); G J.R. Sweezy ($6.5 million); C Mason Cole ($887,629); G/C Lamont Gaillard ($632,034); T Joshua Miles ($603,644); T Brett Toth ($585,000); G Sam Jones ($585,000).

Scheduled free agents: C A.Q. Shipley; T Justin Murray (exclusive rights); T Marcus Gilbert; T Jordan Mills; G Max Garcia.

Need: Low

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Analysis: The Cardinals locked down an integral piece by re-signing D.J. Humphries to a three-year deal in February. He will return to play left tackle, while Justin Pugh and J.R. Sweezy are projected to return as the starting guards. Starting center A.Q. Shipley is an impending free agent, and it remains to be seen if he returns or if the Cardinals go younger at the position. Mason Cole started all 16 games as a rookie in 2018 and filled in at multiple spots last season.

Right tackle is the most intriguing position. Justin Murray started most of the season after veteran Marcus Gilbert tore his ACL, and improved as the year went on. He will be back as an exclusive rights free agent, so it will be interesting to see if the Cardinals plunk him in as a low-cost starter or if they look for a higher-priced veteran to fortify the position. It’s tough to pencil in Gilbert as a clear-cut starter due to his extensive injury history, but he is a talented player who shouldn’t command the type of salary he did in past years.

Brett Toth, Lamont Gaillard and Joshua Miles are a trio of young players aiming to get into the mix with a solid offseason, while Sam Jones hopes to make the team after spending 2019 on the practice squad.

General Manager Steve Keim could stick with familiar faces at every position, or he could look to revamp a spot or two on the free agent market. Some of the top tackles scheduled to hit the market include Jack Conklin, Bryan Bulaga, Anthony Castonzo and Jason Peters. If Keim wants to add an interior player, prominent impending free agents include Brandon Scherff, Joe Thuney and Andrus Peat.

Notable past free agent special teams signings: Sweezy (2019); Pugh (2018); Andre Smith (2018); Alex Boone (2017); Earl Watford (2017); Evan Mathis (2016); Mike Iupati (2015); Shipley (2015); Jared Veldheer (2014); Ted Larsen (2014); Eric Winston (2013); Adam Snyder (2012); Daryn Colledge (2011); Rex Hadnot (2010); Mike Gandy (2007); Al Johnson (2007); Milford Brown (2006); Oliver Ross (2005); Pete Kendall (2001); Mike Gruttadauria (2000); Lester Holmes (1998); Lomas Brown (1996).

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The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday they have agreed to terms with two players, one of whom is returning after being on the team last season.

Defensive lineman Trevon Coley and running back D.J. Foster each agreed to one-year deals for undisclosed amounts.

Coley, 25, played seven games for the Colts in 2019 and played 31 games in two seasons with the Cleveland Brows prior to that. He had six tackles with Indianapolis last season and 80 tackles in two seasons with the Browns to go with two passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and 2.5 sacks.

Coley came into the NFL out of Florida Atlantic as an undrafted free agent with Baltimore and was on the Redskins and Browns practice squads after that.

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Foster, 26, returns to a running backs room that has no problems making headlines lately. The Cardinals recently traded running back David Johnson to Houston in a deal that brought receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the desert, and Arizona also re-upped with Kenyan Drake for one season after using the transition tag on him.

The depth chart at that position also includes Chase Edmonds.

Foster played six games last year and missed some time with an injury, but all of his snaps came on special teams. In 2017, Foster had a career-best 152 yards from scrimmage, 133 of those being receiving yards.

Foster had nearly 5,000 yards from scrimmage in his four-year career at Arizona State, split fairly evenly between rushing and receiving.

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A two-time all-conference pick at both center and linebacker for Louisiana Tech, an all-America selection in 1950, and a linebacker on the mythical all-Louisiana First 100 years of Football team, Leo Sanford recently established an endowed scholarship, the largest in Tech Athletics history, to be awarded annually to a deserving student-athlete.

Family and friends gather to celebrate the Leo and Myrna Sanford Endowed Athletics Scholarship.“I’ll be happy to have given the second-largest endowed scholarship if one of you other guys would step up,” Sanford said recently at the breakfast that an unofficial club of friends enjoy each Friday in Shreveport at Southfield Grill.

“Leo, you’re such an icon to us as an institution; the best part of my job is getting to say ‘thank you’ to people like you who support the University’s mission and truly understand what we’re trying to do,” Tech Vice-President for University Advancement Brooks Hull said. “We celebrate this moment and gift today, but your philanthropy started long ago.”

President Les Guice recently held a lunch reception to honor the Tech Athletics Hall of Famer and Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer in the Chris Richardson Family Suite Level at Joe Aillet Stadium, which sees its 51st season of football begin Sept. 8 when the Bulldogs host Southern in Tech’s 2018 home opener.

“Listen, it was a great day,” Sanford said. “When the president does something like that for you … the AD was there and a few others, a lot of my family. The food was great and the atmosphere was out of this world.”

“Leo has had a most positive impact on Louisiana Tech since arriving on campus 70 years ago,” Guice said. “He has set a standard of excellence, loyalty and commitment to this institution as a student athlete and alumnus that few can match. His performance as an athlete at Tech and in the NFL played a major role in elevating Tech’s reputation as a powerhouse in the Joe Aillet era, a reputation that Tech continues to benefit from today.”

“I made this investment because I think Tech is one of the finest schools you can go to, for two reasons: for education and also for athletics,” he added. “I realize we may not be in the class of majors like Notre Dame or LSU, but we play a good brand of football. And you don’t have to spend every nickel in your savings account to go to a game. You can take your whole family and you’re going to see football as good as you’ll see it played anywhere.”

The scholarship will reach all teams in Tech’s athletics department, not just football.

“Might be a basketball player or a track man,” Sanford said. “I gave it to the program to use as they see fit; whatever is best for the school and the program.”

Sanford hopes the scholarship will help an athlete who loves the game, needs the financial assistance, and is willing to persevere, which is something he knows a little about: In 1943, when he was a sophomore at Shreveport’s Fair Park High, Sanford was one of only four players on the Fair Park football squad who didn’t get game uniforms. Fifteen years later, he was wrapping up an 8-year NFL career in Yankee Stadium in “the greatest game ever played,” Sanford’s and Baltimore’s overtime victory over the New York Giants.

Such a gift as this endowed scholarship is not out of the ordinary for Sanford. Bobby Aillet, a Tech teammate for two years with Sanford, has been close friends with him since, and the two families they formed grew up together and often traveled together.

“He wouldn’t fit the mold of most of today’s linemen,” said Aillet, who retired from NCAA football officiating as one of the game’s most respected referees. “He is a very gentle man but a very hard-working linebacker. None of that ugly stuff, nasty stuff; he was strictly about tending to his business.

“I wouldn’t say he was gentle on the field, because he wasn’t,” Aillet said. “He was always a very gentle man, but a hard player. He was right there at center and linebacker, right in the middle of things. But such a kind person.”

He and his late wife Myrna, who passed away this spring, began dating when he was a student at Fair Park High in Shreveport and she was a soda jerk. From her obit:“On their first real date he told her he was going to marry her, and she told him he was crazy. While she spent the next 68 years admitting he was right, she’d also tell you he was still crazy.”

Curt Joiner, one of Leo’s son-in-laws, will tell you it’s a “good” kind of crazy. “I don’t know if there’s any guy in the world I enjoy spending an evening with more than my father-in-law,” Joiner said.

“Leo and Myrna have maintained loyal support and involvement in Tech’s activities over many decades, frequently reuniting at Tech events with other legends from that era, while inspiring many of us by their loyalty to their alma mater,” Guice said. “Now we’ve celebrated a new standard established by Leo, the most generous athletics scholarship endowment in Tech’s history. In honoring Myrna, that gift will benefit and inspire many other student athletes and alumni in the future.”

The Sanfords, for decades a fixture at all sorts of Tech events, invested in each other and in the University, but also deeply in friendships. The weekly Friday breakfast group was started by former Tech football player and Fair Park High coach, the late Clem Henderson, with 47 present 10 years ago. Time has marched own, but a few of the longtime friends are still able to gather: Sanford and fellow former Bulldogs Aillet and Charlie Glover, former Arkansas hoops star Leo McDonald from Many, Tech supporters Glenn Price and Joe Roach, and the only LSU Tiger in the bunch, Jack Daniel.

“But,” Sanford said with a smile, “he’s still a good guy. And, we’ve got him outnumbered.”

Tech’s student-athletes have continued to increase their success in the classroom over the past decade. In the NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR) released in May, all 16 of Louisiana Tech’s Division I sanctioned programs remained penalty-free, and two programs recorded historical bests in their multi-year scores.

Women’s soccer and softball both recorded their highest multi-year rates at 984 and 987, respectively, while baseball, football, men’s golf, women’s basketball and women’s cross country joined them with an increase in their scores from the previous year.

Tech also posted its highest multi-year average of 965.4, besting last year’s 963.0 by 2.5 points. It marks the eighth time in the last nine years that LA Tech has boasted an average of 960 or higher on its multi-year rate.

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One of the hardest hitters to ever roam the Seminole secondary, Lee Nelson earned his place in the Florida State Hall of Fame after spending just two years on the campus. Nelson walked on to the Seminole team in 1974 and promptly won a starting cornerback job. He led FSU in tackles that year (86) and as a senior, was named the Seminole MVP on defense. He finished his collegiate career by playing in the American Bowl All-Star game. As a 15th round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1976, the odds were against him once again but he not only made the club but went on to spend the next 11 years with the Cardinals. He retired from pro football in 1986.

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Patrick Vahe still has a chance to make an NFL roster. The former Texas offensive lineman who started for the Longhorns for four seasons made it through rookie mini-camp with the Baltimore Ravens and was signed by the franchise on Monday.

Vahe was one of two players signed by the Ravens to fill out the team’s 90-man roster following the mini-camp, which took place this past weekend. By no means is Vahe a lock to survive the cut to make the 53-man roster once training camp ends (even though the Baltimore Sun reported upon Vahe’s signing that left guard specifically has been an issue for the club), but he wouldn’t be the first undrafted free agent offensive lineman from the Texas program to catch on in the NFL.

Beginning with Lyle Sendlein in 2007, Texas has seen six undrafted free agent offensive linemen — Kyle Hix, Michael Huey, David Snow, Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins and Kent Perkins — become either active-roster players for various franchises, stick on a roster as a member of the injured reserve (Hix spent two seasons with the New England Patriots) or get multiple chances to make a roster (Huey spent time with four different clubs over parts of four different seasons). Sendlein has enjoyed the most successful career among the undrafted Texas offensive linemen with 124 career starts over nine seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, but both Hopkins and Perkins spent active-roster players during the 2018 season with the Cincinnati Bengals (Hopkins logged nine starts while Perkins appeared in one game).

Like some of the aforementioned Longhorns, Vahe got no time to develop when he arrived on the Forty Acres (Sendlien was the only one of the seven who received a redshirt year in the program). Vahe and fellow 2015 signee Connor Williams were thrown into the fire immediately, becoming the first true freshmen offensive linemen in recorded school history to log starts in a season opener when Vahe and Williams were on the field for the first offensive snap at Notre Dame in 2015.

Including the Notre Dame game to begin his career, Vahe started 45 games for the Longhorns (all at left guard) and saw in action in 48 contests (three games missed due to injury). A 2015 Freshman All-American (ESPN.com) and a three-time honorable mention All-Big 12 performer during his career, Vahe is one of four Texas products on the Ravens roster as he joins former All-American safeties DeShon Elliott (2017) and Earl Thomas (2009) and kicker Justin Tucker.

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Elliott and Vahe were both members of the 2015 signing class that’s produced six NFL draft picks to date (Elliott, Williams, linebacker Malik Jefferson, punter Michael Dickson, defensive end Charles Omenihu and cornerback Kris Boyd). The first full-cycle recruiting class for former head coach has also produced one active-roster undrafted free agent (Holton Hill) and one undrafted full-season injured reserve roster member (Chris Warren III) with Vahe and safety P.J. Locke III (Pittsburgh Steelers) vying to get their way onto the roster of their respective clubs ahead of the 2019 season.

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Former Giants star Ottis Anderson has won a battle over time before.

It’s been 26 years since he retired, and when he quit, his 10,273 yards rushing was eighth on the NFL’s all-time list and his 81 rushing TDs ranked seventh. You’d think those numbers could get him consideration for the Hall of Fame, but he’s never even been a semifinalist. And as the years pass, Canton seems to get smaller and smaller in the distance.

But Anderson, buttonholed by TMZ, isn’t holding any grudges against Hall of Fame voters: “One day, they’ll figure it out,” he says.

“If you check my credentials, I think I earned the right to be considered [a Hall of Famer],” Anderson says. “Put me in … until then, we’ll just keep on enjoying what I accomplished as a 14-year vet.”

Giants fans remember how Anderson, thought to be washed up, helped Bill Parcells’ team stun the Buffalo Bills, 20-19, in Super Bowl XXV by rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Anderson was the game’s MVP.

Ron Borges of SI.com recalled how Parcells, with running back Joe Morris injured and youngster Lewis Tillman waiting his turn, motivated Anderson with the story of Old Red.

According to Anderson, “Bill said to me, ‘Old Red was a coon dog. Loved to hunt coon. He was great at it, too. But as Red got older, he didn’t get off the porch as quickly. He’d already made a name for himself.

“Well, the farmer went out and got himself a puppy as a way to motivate Red. Every time the door opened the puppy was there, ready to go. Red didn’t jump up. But then the puppy came back from a hunting trip with some coon. That got Red’s attention.

“Bill said to me, ‘Here’s the moral of the story. I can let Lewis Tillman play. He’ll do a good job. But if you want to stay on the team, you’ve got to decide to get motivated.’

“That’s the year I was 32, and became the oldest back at the time to gain over 1,000 yards. Bill would walk by me at practice and say, ‘Ooo, that dog, he wants to hunt today.’ He was great at pushing people’s buttons to get them to play harder.”

So, Anderson has won one battle over time. Can he win another?

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Marlin Martin “Pat” Harder (May 6, 1922 – September 6, 1992) (FB) was the first player in NFL history to scored 100 or more points in three consecutive seasons and was a member of the Chicago Cardinals “Million Dollar Backfield” with quarterback Paul Christman and halfback Charley Trippi. The Milwaukee native played fullback for the University of Wisconsin, leading them to an 8-1-1 record in 1942 and a third place finish in the NCAA national standings. In 1943, Pat began serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and turned pro after returning once the war ended. Having drafted Harder second overall in the 1944 NFL Draft, the Cardinals also used the 5’11, 200 pound fullback as a place kicker and kick returner. Subsequently, he led the NFL once in field goal attempts, field goals made and field goal percentage, twice in extra point attempts and extra points made and three times in total points from 1947 to 1949. Pat played eight seasons with the Cardinals (1946-1950) and the Detroit Lions (1951-1953) and was named to two NFL Pro Bowls. In 1948, Harder rushed for 554 yards and six touchdowns and hit 53 of 53 extra points to earn the NFL UPI Most Valuable Player award. He led the Cardinals to the 1947 NFL Championship and then took the Lions to back-to-back league titles in 1952 and 1953. Pat Harder finished his career with 3,016 rushing yards and 33 TDs, 864 receiving yards and five touchdowns, 35 field goals made on 69 attempts and 198 PATs on 204 attempts. In 86 career games, he scored a total of 531 points. Harder remained in football as an NFL official from 1966 to 1982 and officiated the famous 1972 Immaculate Reception game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. Pat Harder was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.