Steve Sabol of NFL Films dies

Steve Sabol, the man behind some of the greatest sports videography ever, has died

9/18/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

August 3, 2011; Canton, OH, USA; Ed Sabol is presented his bust by Steve Sabol at the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRENFL Films president Steve Sabol has died at age 69 due to complications from a brain tumor.

Sabol and his father Ed, were key figures in NFL Films for decades, and made it into the incredible media machine that it is today.

Steve Sabol won Emmy awards in 5 different categories, and took home over 40 Emmys total. Under Sabol, NFL Films pioneered many things that seem commonplace today, including wiring players and coaches, slow motion, and sports montages.

Sabol's influence on the NFL was greater than almost anyone else. His incredible film work is one of the biggest reasons the NFL is such a popular sport today.

Sabol recently helped induct his father Ed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and there's no doubt that Steve will be posthumously following his father into Canton sometime in the near future.

RIP to Steve Sabol, a true NFL legend.
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9/18/12   |   billywa   |   658 respect

(Edited by billywa)

If John Facenda was the voice of the NFL, then Ed and Steve Sabol were its' eyes.

Almost as much as the men who played the game, Steve Sabol helped make the NFL what it is today. In an age of only three commercial networks, before cable, ESPN, the NFL Network, and Sunday Ticket, NFL Films not only brought the game closer to the fans, but it humanized the men who played it while at the same time glorifying their feats.

How much of an impression did it make on me as a sports hungry kid?  Just two nights ago, I found myself in the midst of a 30 mile bike ride humming some of the music from an NFL films production from about 1972!

Rest in peace Steve.

9/18/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

NFL Films was essentially my childhood. Sad, sad day.