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Charles W. Bidwill, Sr.
Class of 1967
"I may be a nut on this subject, but my idea is that pro football will be a helluva thing in a few more years … Our game is making definite strides forward, strides with each year.” (1936)
Full Name: Charles W. Bidwill, Sr.
Birthdate: September 16, 1895
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: April 19, 1947
High School: St. Ignatius (Chicago, IL)
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 5, 1967 (represented by his son, Charles Bidwill, Jr.)
Presenter: Art Rooney, President, Steelers
Other Members of Class of 1967: Chuck Bednarik, Paul Brown, Bobby Layne, Dan Reeves, Ken Strong, Joe Stydahar, Emlen Tunnell
Charles W. Bidwill, Sr. Enshrinement Speech 1967
Presenter: Art Rooney
Reverend Clergy, inductees, and ladies and gentlemen. I would like to congratulate the inductees that are being taken into the Hall of Fame today. I congratulate the selectors for their excellent choice. This is indeed a wonderful group that has done so much for professional football. In death we so easy and often forget our own or our friends. The Hall of Fame and the selectors have not forgotten. It is my honor to present to the Charles and Stormy and Billie Bidwill, their Dad being inducted into the Hall of Fame. You have heard much about his father; however, his father made many contributions to professional football in its infancy that will never be known only by his fellow members that were with him. He took the worst of it and made many sacrifices for the best interest of the National Football League. I am grateful to Story and Billie Bidwill that they choose me to participate in this - - in him being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Charles Bidwill Jr.
If our Dad were alive today, I think (you’ll have to excuse me I’m a little emotional) I think that the one thing he would say is how great it is to be with such fine people and thank you.