Redemption for Cards corner 'Money Mike'
January, 10, 2010
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Matt YorkArizona's Michael Adams hits Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers on the final play of Sunday's game.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cornerback Michael Adams was more emotional than most Cardinals players following Arizona's 51-45 victory over Green Bay in the wild-card round.
Adams' sack and forced fumble set up Karlos Dansby's winning touchdown return while bailing out Adams from earlier transgressions. He had missed a sack opportunity earlier in the game. Officials also flagged Adams for four penalties, including two for pass interference and one for holding.
Teammates call Adams by the nickname "Money Mike" in reference to the "Swingers" movie character played by Jon Favreau. Co-star Vince Vaughn was always assuring Favreau's character "you're so money and you don't even know it."
Adams had reason not to know it Sunday. The Packers' Aaron Rodgers passed for 422 yards and Adams was looking like the biggest goat not named Neil Rackers.
"Throughout the game, I was just praying to God, asking him for a fighting chance," Adams said.
Teammates kept telling Adams how money he was, more or less.
"Tim Hightower came to me in the second quarter after my second pass-interference penalty and he said, 'Keep your head up (because) you're going to make the play that wins this game,' " Adams said. "Throughout the game you can kind of lose faith and everything, but my teammates kept coming to me."
Never a doubt, right?
"Money Mike, he's just money," linebacker Clark Haggans said. "He's going to do whatever it takes. He's a great teammate and plays with a lot of passion, emotion and excitement. He made a great play and we're moving on to the next round."