With the state holding its celebration this weekend for 100 years of statehood, team president Michael Bidwill took part in a panel discussion downtown Saturday — along with former Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzalez and national collegiate wrestling champion from Arizona State Anthony Robles, and hosted by Republic columnist Dan Bickley — about their memories of some big sports moments they were part of in Arizona’s history.
For Bidwill, of course, it was the Super Bowl journey in the 2008 season. “The one thing I wanted to see, I wanted to see my father lift the George Halas Trophy over his head,” Bidwill said about the NFC title that emotional day in January of 2009, when the Cards had worked their way to a Super Bowl appearance. “To see us play the Eagles in the NFC Championship game in front of all of you here was something really special for me.”
Bidwill, who is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, also noted the impact of the passing of Prop 302 back in 2000, which not only helped build University of Phoenix Stadium — which is home not only for the Cards but a place to help the Fiesta Bowl keep BCS status — but also create Cactus League homes for baseball teams that might have otherwise fled the state. The stadium also has meant Super Bowls, as in plural, now that the 2015 game is coming back.
At one point during Bidwill’s speech, someone in the audience interrupted by bellowing, “We want Manning!” Bidwill chuckled, asked if someone had put the fan up to it, and moved on. Can’t say anything on that subject right now, not with Peyton Manning still under contract with the Colts.
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