Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill has reportedly died at the age of 88.
Bidwill, who has owned the Cardinals since 1972, reportedly died Wednesday in Arizona. His father, Charles, bought the team in 1932, with Bill working in various roles with the team since, beginning with ball boy as a child, and eventually working full-time in the organization in 1960, after a brief service in the Navy.
Bidwill gave up day-to-day operations to his son Michael in 2007, when Michael became the team president.
“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,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “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 condolences to Bill’s family and the Cardinals organization, which along with his faith, meant so much to him.”