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  • Thu., Apr. 24, 2014 5:00PM - 9:00PM MST "Spring Tailgate" at the Big Red Rib and Music Festival The Cardinals are hosting a live TV special, as team president Michael Bidwill, general manager Steve Keim, and coach Bruce Arians preview the 2014 Draft and season with hosts Paul Calvisi and Ron Wolfley. There will be players in attendance.
  • Mon., May. 05, 2014 8:00AM MST On-field work Players allowed on-field football work with coaching (no helmets, no contact, no offense vs. defense)
  • Thu., May. 08, 2014 5:00PM MST NFL Draft First round of the NFL draft.
  • Fri., May. 09, 2014 3:30PM MST NFL Draft Second and third rounds of the NFL draft.
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 9:00AM MST NFL Draft Fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL draft.
  • Tue., May. 20, 2014 8:00AM MST Organized Team Activities Players allowed on-field football work with coaching. Helmets allowed, as is offense vs. defense.
  • Wed., May. 21, 2014 8:00AM MST Organized Team Activities Players allowed on-field football work with coaching. Helmets allowed, as is offense vs. defense.
  • Thu., May. 22, 2014 8:00AM MST Organized Team Activities Players allowed on-field football work with coaching. Helmets allowed, as is offense vs. defense.
  • Fri., May. 23, 2014 8:00AM MST Rookie minicamp Rookie minicamp.
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Deshea Townsend
Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
Age:
38
College:
Alabama
Hometown:
Batesville, MS
Experience:
1

Biography

Former NFL cornerback Deshea Townsend enters his second season with the Cardinals as assistant defensive backs coach after being hired on 2/10/11. A 13-year NFL veteran who was with the Indianapolis Colts (2010) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1998-2009) during his playing career, Townsend assists defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi and works with the team’s cornerbacks and nickel backs.

Former NFL cornerback Deshea Townsend enters his second season with the Cardinals as assistant defensive backs coach after being hired on 2/10/11. A 13-year NFL veteran who was with the Indianapolis Colts (2010) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1998-2009) during his playing career, Townsend assists defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi and works with the team’s cornerbacks and nickel backs.

During his playing career, Townsend appeared in 191 career games (80 starts) and collected 428 tackles (359 solos), 21 interceptions, 15.5 sacks, three touchdowns, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. He also played in 14 postseason games (seven starts) with Pittsburgh and had 42 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble.

Townsend played in eight games in 2010 for the Colts and had nine tackles on defense and two special teams stops. He won two Super Bowl rings as a player with the Steelers at Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII, and his position coach at the time was current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Townsend had his best season with Pittsburgh in 2004 when he started 15 games and had 59 tackles, four interceptions and four sacks. 

He was a four-year starter (1994-97) at Alabama and earned first-team All-SEC honors following his junior season in 1996. He entered the NFL with the Steelers as a fourth-round pick (117th overall) in the 1998 NFL Draft. 

Born in Batesville, MS, Townsend played both offense and defense at South Panola High School (Batesville, MS) and accounted for 1,800 yards of offense and 18 touchdowns as a senior while leading the school to the 5A state championship game in 1992.

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    Last regular season road meeting: Cardinals 17, Seahawks 10 on Dec. 22, 2013.
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    Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23 at Seattle Seahawks, 2:05 p.m. AZ time.
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    Last regular season home meeting: Seahawks 34, Cardinals 22 on Oct. 17, 2013.
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    Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 6:30 p.m. AZ time.
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    Last regular season meeting: Redskins 22, Cardinals 21 on Sept. 18, 2011.

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