NFC West: Troy Hambrick

By the decade: NFC West runners

January, 1, 2010
Shaun Alexander stands above all others as the NFC West's most productive runner during the first decade of the 2000s.

Marshall Faulk's career spanned the 1990s and 2000s, affecting his standing.

I used Pro Football reference to produce rushing totals for all NFC West players since 2000 (Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, Seahawks). Four players had at least 5,000 yards. None had even 3,000 for the Cardinals.

In fact, Alexander scored more rushing touchdowns during the decade -- 100 -- than all Cardinals players combined.

According to this Pro Football Reference list, Arizona players combined for 99 rushing touchdowns during the decade. I verified that information through official league stats. The Cardinals had two rushing touchdowns in 2005. Alexander had 27.

Tim Hightower's 18 rushing touchdowns led Arizona during the decade. Also on the list: Edgerrin James (16), Emmitt Smith (11), Marcel Shipp (11), Thomas Jones (9), Michael Pittman (9), Beanie Wells (7), Obafemi Ayanbadejo (3), Josh McCown (3), J.J. Arrington (3), Matt Leinart (2), Jeff Blake (2), Jake Plummer (2), Kurt Warner (1), Anquan Boldin (1) and Troy Hambrick (1).

I'll have to remember that as one piece of evidence to consider when the time comes to discuss Alexander's case for the Hall of Fame.

Cardinals record longest run since 2004

November, 22, 2009
ST. LOUIS -- Tim Hightower's 50-yard run in the first half against the Rams was the Cardinals' longest since Troy Hambring gained 62 yards on a run against the Dolphins on Nov. 7, 2004.

Another sign the Arizona offense is rolling: Kurt Warner completed a 27-yard pass to ... tight end Ben Patrick.

Looking like a long day for the Rams.