Former Miami Dolphins president and Chief Operating Officer Bryan Wiedmeier died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 56.
Wiedmeier was first hired by the Dolphins in 1981 by the team's original owner, Joe Robbie. He held various roles with the organization. He was promoted to his role as President and COO in 2006 by H. Wayne Huizenga. With Stephen Ross, who bought the team in 2009, a organizational shift renamed Wiedmeier the team's Senior Vice President for NFL Affairs and Projects.
"On behalf of the entire organization that Bryan served so well for so long, I want to pass along my condolences to his wife, Mary, and the rest of the Wiedmeier family," Ross said in a release following the reports of Wiedmeier's passing. "Bryan will always be remembered as a member of the Miami Dolphins.”
Wiedmeier moved to the Cleveland Browns in January 2010, where he served as the Executive Vice President for Business Operations. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in October 2012, and was given just 15 months to live. Nearly four years later, Wiedmeier was still working for the Browns, in the second years of a four-year extension the Browns had signed with him in 2014.
“It’s with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Bryan Wiedmeier," Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam made in a statement released on Tuesday. "We were very fortunate to have gotten to know him during our time with the Browns. Bryan truly is a special person, exactly the type of person you want in your organization and on a personal level as a friend. He would always put others before himself and we always valued his opinion because of his vast experience in the league. We had the opportunity to spend some time with Bryan and his family last week and were really moved by his spirit at this most difficult time. He loved his family and will be sorely missed. Our sympathy goes out to Mary and his family.”
Dolphins President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Garfinkel said in a statement, "I was lucky to have the opportunity to get to know Bryan over the last few years. He was kind, generous of spirit, and deeply passionate about the Dolphins. He is beloved by many in the Dolphins organization and will be greatly missed."
Dolphins Senior Vice President Nat Moore added, "Bryan was the ultimate Dolphin. He worked his way up from intern to the President of the team and had the utmost respect of everyone in the organization. Throughout his 29 years with the team, he did his part, each and every day, to make us better. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
Twitter also had some former Dolphins expressing their thoughts on Wiedmeier:
RIP Bryan Wiedmeier. You will be missed sir. Thoughts and prayers go out to your friends and family.— OJ McDuffie (@ojmcduffie81) June 8, 2016
Saddened by the loss of former Dolphins executive Bryan Wiedmeier, one of the true good guys in sports. (Cont)— Mike Dee (@PadresMikeDee) June 8, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mary and the entire Wiedmeier family.— Mike Dee (@PadresMikeDee) June 8, 2016
Wiedmeier is survived by his wife, Mary, and five children, Lauren, Victoria, John, Danielle, and Matthew. Thoughts and prayers to all of them.