The Arizona Cardinals had two former players named as semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023. Wideout Anquan Boldin and defensive end Dwight Freeney were named as semifinalists.
Boldin played 14 seasons and played seven with the Cardinals. As a rookie in Arizona, he was named 2003 Offensive Rookie of the Year when he caught 101 balls for 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns. In his seven years with the Cardinals, Boldin caught 586 passes for 7,520 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Boldin had five years of 1,000 yards or more receiving yards and had two seasons of 100 catches or more while in Arizona. Although the Reciever is one of the best in Cardinals history, Boldin’s Physicality was unmatched.
After his time with Arizona, Boldin played for the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, and Detroit Lions. He finished his career with 1,076 catches, 13,779 receiving yards, and 82 receiving touchdowns.
Freeney spent just one season with the Cardinals in 2015, recording nine tackles, five for a loss, eight sacks, and nine quarterback hits. Freeney will be known for the time he played with the Indianapolis Colts.
In his 16-year career, Freeney compiled 350 tackles, 128 tackles for loss, 125 sacks, 148 QB hits, and 47 forced fumbles. He made seven Pro Bowls and three NFL ALl-Pro-Teams. Freeney’s spin move was outstanding and it gave offensive tackles nightmares.
Both players have a good chance of making the Hall of Fame someday. I think both players have Hall of Fame-worthy numbers and should get in down the road, if not this year.
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