Yes, you read that headline that I'm feeling iffy about correctly. For the first time since 1989, an Arizona Cardinal Tight End registered 100 receiving yards in a single professional football game. Congratulations to Trey McBride for breaking the streak!
This milestone is a huge deal for niche stat guys. One of my boys even hit me up for this momentous occasion. For a hot second, I thought I ran into some box last night but forgot, and he was congratulating me.
Before today, the last Cardinals TE to post over 100 receiving yards was Rob Awalt on November 9th, 1989. Back then, they were known as the "Phoenix Cardinals," I was -2 years old, and Milli Vanilli was one of the hottest acts on Earth.
Everybody knows I unironically LOVE Milli Vanilli.
In 2021, Maxx Williams had 94 yards for the Cards, which brought this jaw-dropping stat into the mainstream. Shocked by its improbability (at the time, the Texans had the 2nd longest streak w/o a 100-yard TE, which dated back to 2013), I dove deep into this topic in a blog entitled A Deep Dive into the Futility of Arizona Cardinal Tight End Production that further broke down the Cardinals' lack of Tight End success. No bias...it's worth the read.
Maxx Williams' 94 yards in 2021 was not just a close call to triple digits; it was also the most by a Cardinals TE since Awalt went off for a buck-oh-five in '89. So, not only did it take until today for a Cardinals TE to eclipse 100 yards, but from November 9th 1989-September 19th, 2021, no Cardinals TE went over 90 yards.
These weren't empty, meaningless garbage time yards, either. With Kyler Murray back, the Cardinals won just their 2nd game of the year (which is HUGE for the Pats in their hunt for the top draft pick), and McBride's grab that set up the game-winning field goal also put him over the century mark.
Even though I have zero faith in their head coach, maybe brighter days are ahead for the Cardinals? Trey McBride is low key already one of their best TEs of the past 30 years. In week 8, he had 10 receptions for 95 yards. Now that the streak is over, watch him put up back-to-back 100 yard games, similar to when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended their 0-26 streak with TWO straight wins to close out the 1977 season (as all my readers remember so well).
Here's a little something for the nerds.
Trey McBride is the first player in NFL history to have two moms. What a great day for the lesbian mother community. You helped end a 34-year streak! Think about where gay rights were 34 years ago (hopefully the Fascist right doesn't do more to send society back 340 years). Also, it's kinda wild that "bride" is in his last name...I wonder if that's on purpose?