Chicago Cardinals John Cochran, Elmer Angsman, Charley Trippi and Bill DeCorrevont practice at the University of Chicago's Stagg Field on August 9, 1947. The University of Chicago discontinued their football program after the 1939 season. But the school's football team had a strong influence on the Cardinals. In the early 20th century, the Cardinals began wearing used maroon jerseys which they bought second-hand from the University of Chicago. Team founder Chris O'Brien said the jerseys were "cardinal red". The nickname --and the colors-- stuck. The Cardinals still wear red jerseys today.
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