Michael Bidwill grew up the second of five children in his family. He began to enjoy American football when he visited the Cardinals’ training camp for the first time in 1969 when he was 5-years-old. In 1974, Bidwill’s father, Bill (principal owner and chairman of the board of the Arizona Cardinals), made him one of the team’s ball boys along with his brothers William Jr., Patrick and Tim. Michael Bidwill attended Georgetown Prep and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Saint Louis University in 1987. In 1990 graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.
After practicing law as a federal prosecutor in Phoenix from 1990-96, Michael Bidwill joined the Arizona Cardinals organization in 1996 as Vice President/General Counsel. Currently, he serves as the team President, a position he had held since 2007.
In 2014, it was announced that Bidwill was named the chair of the league’s new conduct committee. Composed of representatives of NFL ownership, the committee reviews the league’s Personal Conduct Policy annually and recommends appropriate changes along with advice from experts. He also chairs the NFL’s Security and Fan Conduct Committee, a group of eight club executives that oversees and develops best security practices for all NFL facilities. Additionally, he also serves on the board of the National Football League Foundation, which awards millions of dollars in grants to support youth and high school football programs, health and safety efforts, as well as community health initiatives.
In addition to his role with the Cardinals, Bidwill has been active in the greater Phoenix business community where he has been an advocate for economic growth and development. Bidwill currently resides in Paradise Valley with his wife and family while he continues all of his endeavors.
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