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The way Jake Plummer figures it, maybe the planets are aligning just right for his old team. His brother Brett told him the other day: "Can you believe it? We've got a black president, and the Cardinals are in the Super Bowl. Miracles do happen.''
"And,'' Plummer said Monday from his beloved Idaho, "a pilot just made a perfect landing in the Hudson River. Maybe it's all an omen. Maybe it's good news for the Cardinals. I hope so.''
Speaking from Sandpoint, Idaho, in a rare interview since he disappeared from football two years ago, the man the Cardinals drafted to get them to a Super Bowl talked about how incredible it was that the star-crossed franchise finally got there. He talked about quite a few other things: the Bidwills, the sport (handball) he's now passionate about, Pat Tillman, his odd post-Denver courtship by Jon Gruden, and his new job -- at least for now -- delivering meals-on-wheels to senior citizens in Sandpoint, a town of 7,500 in Idaho's northern panhandle, 50 miles from the Canadian border.