Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill dies at 88

The Arizona Cardinals announced on Wednesday that team owner Bill Bidwill has died. He was 88 years old.

Bidwill was the principal owner of the Cardinals since 1972. He and his brother Charles Jr. inherited the franchise upon their mother’s death in 1962. His father Charles bought the team in 1932 when it was based in Chicago.

Bidwill moved Cardinals to Arizona

Bill bought Charles Jr. out of his share in 1972. He moved the franchise from St. Louis to Phoenix in 1988.

His son Michael Bidwill is president of the Cardinals. He is assumed to take over control of the franchise.

The NFL released a statement on Bidwill’s death from commissioner Roger Goodell:

“Bill Bidwill was part of the NFL family his entire life, starting from his days as a ball boy through his time as an owner. Although never one to seek the spotlight, Bill had an incredible sense of humor and he made extraordinary contributions to the NFL. Bill's vision brought the Cardinals, the NFL and multiple Super Bowls to Arizona. He was a leader in embracing diversity and employed the first African American female executive, and the first African American general manager and head coach tandem. We extend our condolences to Bill's family and the Cardinals organization, which along with his faith, meant so much to him.”

Bidwill and his wife Nancy, who died in 2016, had five children — Nicole, Bill Jr., Michael, Patrick and Timothy.

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PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 20: Owner Bill Bidwill of the NFL St. Louis Cardinals (later Arizona Cardinals) on the field before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium on October 20, 1985 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
FILE - In this March 15, 1988, file photo, Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell, left, looks on as NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announces that the Cardinals will move from St. Louis to Phoenix, Ariz., during a press conference in Phoenix. William V. Bidwill, who owned the NFL’s Cardinals franchise in three cities, has died. He was 88. The team announced that Bidwill passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. A cause of death wasn’t immediately given.(AP Photo/Rob Schumacher, File)
Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell, left, looks on as Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis addresses the media on the signing of former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, during the NFL Coaches Meeting, Wednesday, March 26, 2003, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Roy Dabner)
FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2003, file photo, Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill accompanied by Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, right, answer questions from the media at the NFL owners meeting in Chicago, after the Phoenix area was awarded the 2008 Super Bowl. William V. Bidwill, who owned the NFL’s Cardinals franchise in three cities, has died. He was 88. The team announced that Bidwill passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. A cause of death wasn’t immediately given. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell, left, and coach Dennis Green, right, pose with Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald at a news conference Sunday, April 25, 2004, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals took Fitzgerald as the third choice in Saturday's first round of the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Tom Hood)
Bill Bidwell, owner of the Phoenix Cardinals sits on the bench watching his players warm up before their game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004. Bidwell and his Cardinals return to the city that once was their home. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Arizona Cardinals coach Denis Green, left, and Arizona's first-round NFL football draft choice, quarterback Matt Leinart, center, from Southern California, and team owner Bill Bidwell pose with Leinart's No. 7 team jersey during a news conference, Sunday, April 30, 2006, in Tempe, Ariz. Leinart was drafted tenth overall by the Cardinals.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Bill Bidwell, owner of the Arizona Cardinals sits on his team's bench during warm up drills prior to their game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005. Bidwell was the owner of the former St. Louis football Cardinals before they moved to Arizona. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012, file photo, Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, front, and his son, team president Michael Bidwill, stand on the sidelines prior to an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Glendale, Ariz. William V. Bidwill, who owned the NFL’s Cardinals franchise in three cities, has died. He was 88. The team announced that Bidwill passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. A cause of death wasn’t immediately given. (AP Photo/Paul Connors, File)
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