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Arizona Cardinals HBO 'Hard Knocks' 2022: Best Fan Tweets from Episode 7

Doric SamDecember 29, 2022

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley (19) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

The Arizona Cardinals have already been eliminated from playoff contention, but Wednesday's episode of HBO's Hard Knocks didn't have a somber tone as there were moments worth celebrating during the holiday weekend.

The episode opened with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph highlighting an effort play by star safety Budda Baker, using him as an example for younger players hoping to make an impression in the final weeks of a lost season. Later in the episode, Baker was named to his fourth Pro Bowl.

James Sawyer @jhall_1906

Budda Baker is the ultimate dawg! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a>

Cardinals Update @updatecardinals

Budda is such a great player

JJ 🧟‍♂️ @NoLimitJJ30

<a href="https://twitter.com/buddha?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Buddha</a> work ethic is crazy, <a href="https://twitter.com/JJWatt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JJWatt</a> &amp; him are real leaders of that locker room <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a>

Another fun moment was when fourth-year quarterback Trace McSorley was told he'd be making his first career NFL start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Christmas Night. There was home video of a young McSorley declaring his love for the game of football.

NFL Films @NFLFilms

Now introducing...<a href="https://twitter.com/McSorley_IX?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@McSorley_IX</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a> <a href="https://t.co/fUHkZYDXfq">pic.twitter.com/fUHkZYDXfq</a>

The highlight of the episode of the story of star running back James Conner. As he hosted his mother for Christmas dinner, the two of them reflected on his journey from being diagnosed with Hodgekin's lymphoma to being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. They looked back on videos of his draft day experience in 2017, which was and emotional reminiscence for both of them.

NFL Films @NFLFilms

It takes a village 🙏<a href="https://twitter.com/JamesConner_?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JamesConner_</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a> <a href="https://t.co/hOXjhsqW1e">pic.twitter.com/hOXjhsqW1e</a>

James Sawyer @jhall_1906

Much respect to James Conner! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a>

Unfortunately, Arizona suffered a 19-16 loss to Tampa Bay to extend its losing streak to five straight games. McSorley managed just 217 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and two lost fumbles, but he made some highlight-reel throws to keep the Cardinals in the game. Baker suffered a broken shoulder but still played the entire game.

NFL Films @NFLFilms

Left it all out there, broken shoulder and all. ❤️️<a href="https://twitter.com/Buddabaker3?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Buddabaker3</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a> <a href="https://t.co/DkT0wpsqnJ">pic.twitter.com/DkT0wpsqnJ</a>

Tyler Drake @Tdrake4sports

Some clarity: <br><br>The 44-yard reception by Leonard Fournette in the fourth quarter was the play Budda Baker injured his shoulder on. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a>

Veteran defensive end J.J. Watt had a fun interaction with Bucs quarterback Tom Brady. The revelation that the 33-year-old intends to retire after this year was another big moment in the episode.

SwissMontana @SwissMontana6

"I wish this old man would hold on to the ball a little longer."<br>- <a href="https://twitter.com/JJWatt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JJWatt</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/TomBrady?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TomBrady</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a>

NFL Films @NFLFilms

Still got it 😏<a href="https://twitter.com/JJWatt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JJWatt</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a> <a href="https://t.co/UZ5RcZMi1z">pic.twitter.com/UZ5RcZMi1z</a>

NFL Films @NFLFilms

Just a couple 🐐's chopping it up.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a> tonight 10pm on <a href="https://twitter.com/hbomax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@hbomax</a><a href="https://t.co/GeYhUnesZn">pic.twitter.com/GeYhUnesZn</a>

SwissMontana @SwissMontana6

"It's not public yet, but after this game J.J. Watt will announce that this season will be his last." 🥹<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HardKnocks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HardKnocks</a>

Arizona will carry a 4-11 record into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Hard Knocks will be there to document the team's final weeks of the season.