Best of Awards: 2009 Regular Season

The regular season brought the Cardinals their first 10-win season since 1976. Achieving that milestone could not have been accomplished without help from more than a few vital players on the squad. As long as Arizona holds onto these core players, games in January will be frequent. This week Tyson Qualls wraps up the two part series with the Best of 2009.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie:

Rodgers-Cromartie has proven himself as one of the best up and coming cornerbacks in the NFL. As a Pro Bowler in only his second year, the Cardinals relatively unknown draft pick has paid dividends.

This season he contributed six interceptions, three forced fumbles, and 50 tackles, helping blanket receivers while the rest of the team could get to the quarterback. This young and talented corner should be a staple of the Cardinals' secondary for years to come.

Darnell Dockett:

This season Dockett turned in the second highest sack and tackle total of his career. Dockett lead all interior lineman in sacks for the 2009 season, bringing the quarterback to the ground seven times in 16 games. He also added the fourth interception of his career.

Dockett is one of the key components to the defense and his presence cannot be fully measured by stats alone. He is consistently a clutch player, proven by the fact that five of his seven sacks came in the final two minutes of the half. He also picked up over half of his sacks on the road, showing that like the new Cardinals, he is a commodity that travels well.

Larry Fitzgerald:

The face of the franchise, Fitzgerald had yet another stellar season in a Cardinals' uniform. Nearly 100 catches, over 1,000 yards, and 13 touchdowns paced the offense throughout the season. Fitzgerald was also selected for the Pro Bowl. While his yardage was not as high as usual, Fitzgerald caught the most touchdown passes of his career.

Adrian Wilson:

As a long time Cardinal, Wilson has seen the ups and downs of the NFL's oldest franchise. The players that had to perform under the unfortunate conditions at Sun Devil Stadium truly appreciate the luxury of Glendale's newest attraction. Wilson is certainly one of those players.

This year he continued to be a multi-faceted threat. He finished with 74 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, and five interceptions. Wilson is widely considered one of the most talented safeties in the NFL. After living in obscurity for the first few years of his career, Wilson has built his reputation throughout the league.

Kurt Warner:

As the director of the offense, the senior member of the Cardinals has found the fountain of youth in yet another season. Considered washed up all the way back in 2004, Warner has been the savior of a struggling franchise. Warner threw for 26 touchdowns in 15 games during the 2009 campaign.

Even with the veteran quarterback competing at such a high level, the retirement rumors have begun to swirl. Warner does not want to be an athlete who lingers past the time of their usefulness. Following another stunning playoff performance against Green Bay, Warner may be useful until he's well into his forties.

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