|PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey released this statement on the passing of Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill:|
“A dad. A husband. A giant of the NFL and an Arizona icon — Bill Bidwill never forgot he was part of our community, and he showed it throughout his long and remarkable life.
“Bill was passionate about many things, but especially his faith, family and the Cardinals football team he loved so much. He served his nation in the U.S. Navy and gave back generously to his community, starting and advancing numerous charities.
“Bill brought the Cardinals to Arizona over three decades ago, helping pioneer Arizona’s professional sports identity. He was pivotal to bringing Arizona’s first Super Bowl to the state in 1996, as well as two more in 2008 and 2015. He stood out among NFL owners for his kindness, good nature and leadership, and was an early proponent of bringing more diversity into the team’s front office.
“Living to the age of 88, with five children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, his was a life truly well lived — and his impact and legacy will live on. My deepest condolences go out to the entire Bidwill family during this difficult time.”