Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill spent 5 days in ICU with COVID-19

Sep 8, 2020, 4:45 PM

In the most recent episode of the Arizona Cardinals Flight Plan, team president Michael Bidwill addressed the coronavirus with his team.

“Take this seriously. We all have to be committed, because this is going to be a wild season. So far it’s been a wild offseason,” he said. “We’ve done everything we can do to give you all the tools, all the instruction, all the safe measures that we can take, so let’s take this seriously.”

Bidwill has the first-hand experience to caution his team.

Around July 1, he caught the coronavirus and ended up in the intensive care unit of a Rhode Island hospital.

Bidwill said he had been following COVID-19 protocols. He wore a mask when necessary and was only outside when exercising in the morning, early enough that few people would be around.

He felt a symptom come on and got a test. It came back negative. It was a false negative.

Four days later, he began to feel significant fatigue.

His symptoms continued to worsen. Two days later he had a fever and headache, and a doctor recommended him to go to the hospital.

He spent the next five days in the ICU at a Newport Hospital.

“When ER doc came back after I got the CT scan of my chest, she sat down next to me and she held my hand. And I’m like, ‘Why is the ER doctor holding my hand, and why is she looking at me so concerned?'” Bidwill recalled.

“She said, ‘We don’t have your test yet, but the CT scan shows prominent COVID in both of your lungs.’ And she’s looking at me like, ‘Dude, you’re going to be on a ventilator in a day or two.’ It scared me to death.”

With Week 1 underway, it will be important for players to avoid the coronavirus both for the sake of their own health and for the season to take place in full.

Bidwill hopes that with the lessons that he learned, his players will be extra cautious in their off-the-field activities.

Arizona Cardinals

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr. (77) protects his quarterback during the fi...
Sam Graveline

Cardinals take OT Paris Johnson Jr. in ESPN 2023 NFL mock draft

ESPN's Matt Miller thinks the Cardinals will beef up the offensive line in his first 2023 mock by selecting Ohio State OT Paris Johnson Jr.
12 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, right, and Byron Murphy Jr. (7) celebrate after an NFL foo...
Wills Rice’s Patra ranks Cardinals’ cornerbacks among weakest rooms in league

The Cardinals enter training camp with a few question marks personnel-wise on the defensive side of the ball, especially at cornerback.
1 day ago
Nick Scott #33 of the Los Angeles Rams tackles Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals after a recep...
Sam Graveline

PFF: Tight end shaping up to be biggest position battle for Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals head into training camp expecting to have healthy competition at a handful of positions, including at tight end.
2 days ago
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with fans after beating the Houston Texans 31-5...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals Corner: The timeframe of Kyler Murray’s contract extension

We haven't heard much lately when it comes down to Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and a contract extension. When will a new deal get done?
2 days ago
Markus Golden #44 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts to a defensive play during the first half against...
Nikash Nath

Cardinals LB Markus Golden among players with best team-friendly deals

Arizona Cardinals LB Markus Golden's contract cracked PFF analyst Brad Spielberger's top team-friendly deals ranking.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) participates during the team's NFL football practice, Wednesday...
Nikash Nath

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray among top 5 QBs in multiple PFF passing metrics

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray's accuracy was on point in 2021, especially when looking at deep throws.
5 days ago
Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill spent 5 days in ICU with COVID-19