New Cardinals TE Zach Ertz bids farewell to Philadelphia in letter to fans

Oct 19, 2021, 9:12 AM
Zach Ertz of the Arizona Cardinals looks on prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at First...
Zach Ertz of the Arizona Cardinals looks on prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ertz was recently traded to the Arizona Cardinals from the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
(Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

After playing eight years and winning a Super Bowl for the Philadelphia Eagles, new Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz said an emotional goodbye to the only team he had previously known.

“I would just like to start by saying that I am eternally grateful for the love and support I felt in the eight years in this amazing city,” Ertz said in a letter posted to his Twitter.

“You have inspired me to push my limits each and every day to make sure I left no stone untouched in my pursuit to represent you the way you deserved.”

Arizona watched breakout tight end Maxx Williams’ season end in a game against the San Francisco 49ers but was swift to act in acquiring the Philadelphia asset.

In response, the Cardinals sent a 2022 fifth-round draft pick and rookie cornerback Tay Gowan to Philadelphia for the 30-year old tight end on Friday.

Ertz posted 579 catches for 6,267 yards, scored 38 touchdowns, ranks second all-time in franchise recptions and appeared in three Pro Bowls in his career with the Eagles.

“From the bottom of my heart, I am eternally grateful to you for embracing me, cheering for me and loving me as only the greatest fans could,” Ertz wrote.

“Philly, we are world champions and no one can take that from us. This is home. Philadelphia is home.”

Arizona Cardinals

Jordan Hicks #58 and Budda Baker #3 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrate after Hicks sacked Andy Dalt...
Tyler Drake

‘Heart of Cardinals defense’ Jordan Hicks more than deserving of DPOW

Highlighted by Wednesday's NFC Defensive Player of the Week nod, Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks is turning in a season to remember.
20 hours ago
Chandler Jones #55 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after his tackle against the Seattle Seahawks du...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals enter MNF matchup surrounded with big playoff implications

The Cardinals aren't oblivious to the upcoming national spotlight that comes with Monday Night Football. They're looking forward to it.
20 hours ago
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the second quarter in the game ...
Haboob Blog

Have others gotten a Kliff Kingsbury tattoo before Frank Sanders? ‘Not a male’

Former receiver Frank Sanders got a tattoo of current Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury this week, but maybe he's not the first to do so.
20 hours ago
Jordan Hicks #58 of the Arizona Cardinals sacks Andy Dalton #14 of the Chicago Bears during the sec...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals’ Jordan Hicks takes home NFC Defensive Player of the Week

It could have been a number of Arizona Cardinals taking home NFC Defensive Player of the Week after their team roughed up the Chicago Bears.
20 hours ago
Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on as Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Bu...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals have chance to save fans from Brady v. Belichick fatigue

It is up to the Arizona Cardinals to keep the Brady vs. Belichick debate on barstools and out of the upcoming Super Bowl.
2 days ago
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals passes the ball against the Chicago Bears in the first hal...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray has 3rd-best MVP odds after return to action

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is the league leader in completion percentage and yards per attempt.
2 days ago
New Cardinals TE Zach Ertz bids farewell to Philadelphia in letter to fans