Bill Bidwill Biography

Bill Bidwill was an American businessman who was the principal owner and chairman of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). Bidwill was co-owner from 1962 for ten seasons with his brother Charles Jr. and was the sole owner since 1972.

Bill Bidwill Education

Bidwill studied at Georgetown Preparatory School, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy until 1956. He then went to college at Georgetown University, and after his graduation, moved to St. Louis a few months before the Cardinals moved there.

Bill Bidwill Chicago Cardinals

Bidwill’s father, Charles Bidwill, purchased the team, then known as the Chicago Cardinals, from Dr. David Jones in 1933. After his death at age 51 in 1947, his widow, Violet Bidwill, authorized business partner Ray Bennigsen to carry on management of the team. Violet married St. Louis businessman Walter Wolfner in 1949 and he later became managing director.

Bill Bidwill St. Louis Cardinals

Before the 1960 season, Violet moved the Cardinals to St. Louis. Charles Jr. and Bill inherited the team after their mother’s death in January 1962, and served as co-owners for ten seasons, until Bill purchased it outright in 1972. Among NFL franchises, only the New York Giants and Chicago Bears have been controlled by one family longer than the Cardinals.

Bill Bidwill Arizona Cardinals | Arizona Cardinals Owner

Bill’s ownership has been marked by little success. In his 57 years as at least part-owner, the Cardinals have only made the playoffs eight times (1974, 1975, 1982, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015). Bidwill moved the team to Phoenix, Arizona, prior to the 1988 season after St. Louis refused to build a new stadium to replace Busch Memorial Stadium, in spite of the fact that the team was well supported by the local fans.

Bill Bidwill Photo

He had also publicly pledged to support a future effort to gain an expansion franchise for St. Louis. Instead, Bidwill voted to approve a new franchise in Jacksonville, Florida. However, St. Louis eventually gained a new franchise anyway, the relocated Los Angeles Rams in 1995. The Rams returned to Los Angeles in 2016.

In recent years, Bill has ceded most day-to-day control over the Cardinals to his sons Michael and Bill Jr., who serve as team president and vice president, respectively. He also has two other sons, Patrick and Tim, and a daughter, Nicole. After the death of Ralph Wilson in March 2014, William Bidwill became the longest-tenured owner in the NFL.

Bill Bidwill Age

Bidwill was born William V. Bidwill, Sr. on July 31, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. At the time of his death on 2 October 2019, Bidwill was 88 years old.

Bill Bidwill Family

Bidwill was the son of Charles Bidwill and Violet Bidwill Wolfner. His father was an owner of the National Football League’s Chicago Cardinals and after his death, Violet Bidwill, authorized business partner Ray Bennigsen to carry on management of the team. Bidwill had a brother named Charles Bidwill.

Bill Bidwill Wife | Nancy Bidwill Death

Bidwill was married to Nancy Bidwill from 1960 till her death in 2016. She died at the age of 84 after a long battle with breast cancer.

Her son, Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, announced her passing in a statement, saying she died surrounded by close family members. The Bidwills were married for nearly 56 years.

Bill Bidwill Children

Bidwill had five children; one daughter, Nicole Bidwill, and four sons, Michael Bidwill, Patrick Bidwill, Tim Bidwill, and William Jr Bidwill.

His son, Michael Bidwill, is an American businessman, prosecutor, and football executive who is currently the president of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.

Bill Bidwill Death | Bill Bidwill Cause Of Death

Bidwill died on 2 October 2019 at the age of 88. His death was announced by the team.

“It is with great sadness that we share the news that our owner, Bill Bidwill, has passed away today at the age of 88,” the Cardinals said in a statement.

Bill Bidwill Net Worth

Bidwill has an estimated net worth of $1.4 billion which he had earned from his businesses and from being the principal owner and chairman of the Arizona Cardinals.

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