Bill Bidwill is pictured with son Michael Bidwill, the Cardinals team president, on the sidelines prior to the 2012 NFL season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. (AP Photo/Paul Connors, File)
“Our dad passed away today the same way he lived his life: peacefully, with grace, dignity and surrounded by family and loved ones,” Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “We are overwhelmed by the support our family has received, not only now but throughout the latest chapter of his life. We are especially grateful to the nurses, doctors and other caregivers whose endless kindness and compassion in recent years have made our dad’s life so meaningful.”
A cause of death was not immediately known. Bidwill, who had long ago ceded day-to-day operation of the franchise to Michael, is survived by his five children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His wife, Nancy, died in 2016 at age 84.
The bowtie-wearing Bidwill headed a family operation that dated to 1932, when his father Charles purchased the Chicago Cardinals, reportedly for $50,000. The younger Bidwill was a ballboy for the 1947 team that won the franchise’s lone NFL championship. He moved them to Arizona from St. Louis in 1988. Bidwill had a networth of
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