After 110 years for continuous football domination, the Arizona Cardinals finally have an "official" (sorta) fan club. And all they had to do was lose the Super Bowl!
Apparently the Cards did not have an organized, dues-paying fan group despite their many years of excellence. But that all changed on Draft Day with the launch of The Big Red Army. It's the brainchild of Dave Gilmore, a regional director of sales for a national hotel chain, who quit his job in order to die his hair red and care about Cardinal football. A lot.
Football has been his life, so much so that Gilmore and his wife, Colleen, agreed to schedule the birth of their daughters in the off-season. And so it happened that the births of Courtney, Zowie and Saydee did not conflict with the Arizona Cardinals schedule."
Now his full-time job is convincing Glendale retirees to put down $60 a year to join the club and BELIEVE! Amazingly, Dave is not alone in his quest.
"Jerry Fletcher Jr. of Peoria not only is committed to signing up as a fan club member, but his dad's store, Fletcher's Tire and Auto Service, also is among the corporate sponsors of the Big Red Army.
"This (kickoff) is to get the Cardinals fans together," Fletcher said. "If you are a football fan, it is one of the biggest things in your life. I know, for me, family and God are Number 1 and 2, and then the Cardinals are right up there on the list of the most important things in my life.
The best part of the story is that a team that was playing in a Super Bowl did not already have its own fan club, so this guy quit his job before the game in order to start one. I don't even think Kurt Warner's faith is that strong.
Big Red Army of Cardinals fans building ranks with fan club [Arizona Republic]
Who Needs A Job When You Can Run An Arizona Cardinals Fan Club [No Guts, No Glory]
The Big Red Army [Arizona Cardinals Fan Club]