Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, whose life spanned nearly the entire existence of the franchise his family has owned for nearly nine decades, died Wednesday at 88.

Bidwill was born in 1931, a yearbefore his father Charles agreed to buy the Chicago-based NFL team for $50,000. He began working for the franchise full-time in 1960, the year it moved to St. Louis, and gained sole ownership 12 years later before relocating the team Tyler Lockett Jersey to Arizona in 1988.

It is with great sadne s that we share the news that our owner, Bill Bidwill, has pa sed away today at the age of 88.

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Our dad pa sed away today the same way he lived David Moore Jersey his life: peacefully, with grace, dignity and surrounded by family and loved ones, Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said in a . 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 endle s kindne s and compa sion in recent years have made our dads life so meaningful.

"Above all else, we will remember him as a man devoted to Richard Sherman Jersey the three central pillars of his life his immense faith, his love for his family and his life-long pa sion for the Cardinals and the sport of football.

Bidwill's Cardinals were rarely a powerhouse on the field, making the playoffs only once in a 25-season stretch from 1983-2007. But they made it all the way to the Super Bowl the following season, losing 27-23 to the Steelers in the first of four playoff appearances over eight years.

I felt like in that 2008 (Super Bowl) run, I felt like he was more a part of things than Will Dissly Jersey before or even a little after," said Kurt Warner, the Cardinals' quarterback that year. "He understood how special that turning of the corner was. To get to know him not just as the owner of the team but as an individual and I got to hear him through his voice. I enjoyed that.

NFL commi sioner Roger Goodell said in a Ezekiel Ansah Jersey release:"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 Marquise Blair Jersey condolences to Bill's family and the Cardinals organization, which along with his faith, meant so much to him."

Bidwillis survived by his five children Bill Jr., Michael, Nicole, Patrick and Tim and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His wife Nancy died in 2016.

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