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Arizona Cardinals, competitive and embraced by fans, have shown how to win over a city

Arizona Cardinals, competitive and embraced by fans, have shown how to win over a city

Los Angeles went two decades without an NFL team.

Sometimes, even though the Cardinals were here, Arizona felt that way too.

“There were a lot of fans from the visiting team in the stands,” recalled retired quarterback Jake Plummer, who spent his first six seasons with the Cardinals. “I’d throw the ball and get hit, then listen for the crowd because I couldn’t see the receiver. When the crowd would cheer I’d think, ‘Did I complete that pass, or do I have to get up and play defense now?’”

For years after the Cardinals moved from St. Louis to Arizona in 1988, ads were stapled to telephone poles touting tickets to...

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