Louisville's Legacy

The Ville is where the great Johnny Unitas played

college football he completed 245 passes for 3,139 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Cards from 1951 to 1954 before going on to an 18-year Hall of Fame career in the NFL. Other Louisville Cardinals greats include football linebackers Tom Jackson (current ESPN analyst) and Otis Wilson (UofL Hall of Famer), Coaches Howard Schnellenberger and Lee Corso (current ESPN analyst), Hall of Fame men's basketball coaches Denny Crum and Rick Pitino, WNBA star Angel McCoughtry, and more!

Student-Athlete U

Succeeding in the Classroom Also

Louisville's student-athletes achieved remarkable success in the classroom, posting a record 3.124 cumulative GPA for all 23 sports. Additionally, a school-best 355 student-athletes earned AD Honor Roll status for the 2012 fall semester (3.0 GPA).

Cards in the Pros


18 Louisville Cardinals have been drafted in the most recent professional sports league drafts.
4 National Football League (NFL) Draft - 2014 *
3 Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft - 2014 *
2 Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Draft - 2014 *
7 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft - 2013 *
2 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft - 2013 *


345 Honors and Climbing

More than 345 All-America honors have been bestowed upon Louisville Cardinals throughout history. In 1980, men's basketball star Darrell Griffith was named a consensus first team All-American on his way to winning the John Wooden Award given to the National Player of the Year. All-Americans

National Champions

Individual Titles

Over the past decade, ten Louisville Cardinals have won an individual National Championship including Men's Swimming and Diving's Joao De Lucca. The sprinter won the national title in the 100 freestyle to go along with his 200 free win from earlier in the Championship meet last March. De Lucca became the first male swimmer to win the both the 100 and 200 free in the same year since 1995.

Coaches of the Year

Elite Head Coaches

17 of Louisville's current head coaches have been named a Conference Coach of the Year while leading the Cardinals. Combined, the active coaches have racked up 51 Coach of the Year honors over the past two decades

A.D. Honor Roll Reaches New Heights

350+ Student-Athletes Earn a 3.0 or Higher

A record number of students was named to the Athletic Directors Honor Roll. Student-athletes must post a 3.0 GPA or higher for the semester. More than 350 student-athletes (plus another 168 members of the spirit groups, pep band, managers and trainers) were named to the honor roll this past fall, which set a new school record.


Cards In the Community

5,000+ Community Service Hours:

The Cardinals are Louisvilleā€™s sports team and the University is proud of its strong relationship with the community. The CardsCARE program gives student-athletes the opportunity to spend much of their time giving back to The Ville. Louisville student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and staff members volunteer more than 5,000 service hours annually. CardsCARE