The Cardinals have undergone significant roster turnover this offseason, with quarterback Kurt Warner, receiver Anquan Boldin, linebacker Karlos Dansby, and safety Antrel Rolle moving on, and moving out.
As the team transitions, a fairly recent arrival has been setting a strong example with his work ethic.
“Clark [Haggans] is a breath of fresh air in today’s world,” Cardinals strength and conditioning coach John Lott told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “He’s
somebody who has an old school approach to a new school way of playing.”
Haggans, who entered the league in 2000 with the Steelers, won a Super Bowl in 2005 and then jumped to Arizona in 2008, just in time to make it to the Super Bowl again, where the Cardinals lost to his former team.
Now 33 years old, Haggans remains focused.
“It’s very easy to wake up, get on the computer and look at your checking
account and say, ‘Man, I can kind of chill if I want,'” Lott said. “He
looks at this like, ‘OK, I need something to motivate me. I’m going to
come look at these young guys who don’t know what they don’t know.'”
A backup in 2008, Haggans started 14 regular-season games for the Cardinals in 2009.
This year, the Cardinals need Haggans and former Steelers teammate Joey Porter to lead the team’s defense — and to help the defense compensate for the inevitable dip in offensive production that will happen with Kurt Warner retired and a 2006 top-ten bust getting a chance to turn his career around.