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William V. Bidwill
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Biography

William V. Bidwill’s association with the Cardinals began as a child ball boy on Chicago’s South Side and continues today as owner.

A native of Chicago, Bill Bidwill presides over the oldest continuously-operated professional football franchise. Founded in 1898, the Cardinals join the Chicago Bears as the only two remaining charter members of the National Football League (1920). As his involvement with the team continues through its eighth different decade, the current one has to rank among the most memorable. The Cardinals have finished .500 or better in four of the last five seasons. They captured back-to-back division crowns in 2008 and ’09, won their first NFC title and advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time in team history following the ’08 season.

William V. Bidwill’s association with the Cardinals began as a child ball boy on Chicago’s South Side and continues today as owner.

A native of Chicago, Bill Bidwill presides over the oldest continuously-operated professional football franchise. Founded in 1898, the Cardinals join the Chicago Bears as the only two remaining charter members of the National Football League (1920). As his involvement with the team continues through its eighth different decade, the current one has to rank among the most memorable. The Cardinals have finished .500 or better in four of the last five seasons. They captured back-to-back division crowns in 2008 and ’09, won their first NFC title and advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time in team history following the ’08 season.

The Cardinals have remained in the Bidwill family since Bill’s father, Charles, a prominent Chicago sports

figure and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, purchased the team in 1932. Charles ran the club until his death in the Cardinals’ NFL championship year of 1947. Charles’ wife, Violet, then guided the franchise’s fortunes for the next 15 years, followed jointly by sons Bill and  Charles, Jr. (Stormy). Bill became sole owner in 1972.

Named a Cardinal vice president during his undergraduate days at Georgetown University, Bill Bidwill returned to Chicago from the Navy in 1956 to begin assisting family interests that included football. When the Cardinals moved to St. Louis in 1960, Bidwill returned to the organization on a full-time basis.

Bidwill continues to have a daily presence at the Cardinals training facility and is a popular fixture at team events, charity function and football activities. This past December he received an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University.

Bidwill was credited with bringing Super Bowl XXX to Arizona on January of 1996 and the region again hosted the title game when Super Bowl XLVII was played at University of Phoenix Stadium in February of 2008.

An active supporter of various civic and charitable organizations and endeavors, Bidwill directed the formation of Cardinals Charities, the team’s organization dedicated to supporting worthy Arizona causes, shortly after the Cardinals arrived in the state.

He also serves on the Player Dire Need Fund committee as well as the Hall of Fame Committee. In August of 2007 he was named to the Board of Trustees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the governing body of the Canton-based organization.

Bidwill and his wife, Nancy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September of 2010. They are the parents of five children and have nine grandchildren.

 

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