The Arizona Cardinals and their Connection to Texas

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By: Jonathan Rodriguez
October 6th, 2016


It’s another Thursday Night Football matchup which means that there has to be some Texas products suiting up tonight, right? Well, right you are, and here are the Texans from the Arizona Cardinals.

Joplo Bartu

The former Atlanta Falcon now Arizona Cardinals linebacker has his football roots embedded at Waller High School. Bartu was a First-Team All-District tight end and linebacker for Waller when they made a 10-4A state semifinal appearance before he made his way to Texas State University in 2008 where he was redshirted as a freshman and go on to have a great career there.

Brittan Golden

The former West Texas A&M receiver spent his time in high school as a two-way starter for the Denver City Mustangs switching between wide receiver and defensive back. His senior season in 2006 included him receiving Second-Team All-Region honors and a First-Team All-District selection for the 5-2A classification. Golden was also valuable as an infielder for the baseball team where he garnered First-Team All-District honors.

Alex Okafor

The defensive end from Texas created quite the resume when he left Pflugerville High School. A 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection and three-year starter for his school, Okafor helped Pflugerville reach the 5A Div.II State Title game. USA Today deemed him a Second-Team All-USA selection and he totaled 131 tackles and 20 sacks in his last two years in high school.

Brandon Williams

Before Williams was a cornerback in the NFL and at Texas A&M, he was Under Armour All-American and five-star recruit as a running back for Brookshire Royal High School. According to and he was ranked as the third best running back nationally in high school. During his senior year in 2010 he rushed for 2348 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also had 144 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns and received a 2010 Texas 3A All-State honor.

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