Bill Bidwill Bio
Bill Bidwill was an American Businessman and the sole owner of the Arizona Cardinals. He was born on 31 July 1931 and died on October 2, 2019, at the age of 88.
|Birth Date||31 July 1931|
|Birth Place||Chicago, IL|
|Death Date||October 2, 2019|
|Spouse||Nancy Bidwill (m. 1960–2016)|
|Children||Michael Bidwill, Nicole Bidwill, Patrick Bidwill, Tim Bidwill, William Jr Bidwill|
|Net Worth||$1.4 billion (Approx.)|
Early life and education
Bill Bidwill Born in Chicago, Illinois, Bidwill and his elder brother Charles adopted by Charles and Violet Bidwill.
He attended Georgetown Preparatory School, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy until 1956. He went to college at Georgetown University, and after his graduation, moved to St. Louis a few months before the Cardinals moved there.
Bill Bidwill was the sole owner of the Arizona Cardinals. In his 57 years as at least part-owner, the Cardinals only made the playoffs eight times.
He moved the team to Phoenix, Arizona, before the 1988 season after St. Louis refused to build a new stadium to replace Busch Memorial Stadium, even though the local fans well supported the team.
Bidwill had also publicly pledged to support a future effort to gain an expansion franchise for St. Louis. Instead, he 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.
He had a reputation for running the Cardinals rather cheaply; the Cardinals had one of the lowest payrolls in the league for many years. Following the move to State Farm Stadium in 2006, the team began to spend more money.
The increased revenue paid off in 2008, when the Cardinals won their division for the first time since 1975, hosted a playoff game for only the second time in franchise history and advanced to Super Bowl XLIII. They won two more division titles in 2009 and 2015.
He 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. Bidwill also has two other sons, Patrick and Tim, and a daughter, Nicole.
After the death of Ralph Wilson in March 2014, Bidwill became the longest-tenured owner in the NFL.
Wife and Children
He was married to his wife Nancy Bidwill in 1960 and couple got divorced in 2016. Bidwill had five children Michael Bidwill, Nicole Bidwill, Patrick Bidwill, Tim Bidwill and William Jr Bidwill.
Bill Bidwill Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Bill Bidwill is $1.4 billion.
Death and Cause
Bidwill passed away on October 2, 2019. He was 88. At the time of his passing, he was the longest-tenured owner in the NFL.