The NFL lost a great man yesterday with the passing of Steve Sabol. He lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 69.
He and his father Ed Sabol brought the NFL to life with their company, which became known as NFL films. It all started back in 1962, when then commissioner Pete Rozelle wanted a film documenting the 1962 NFL Championship game. The commissioner got together with the Sabols, and they were brought on to work with the league, and their company eventually became known as NFL films. The rest, as they say, is history.
All football fans, young or old, have been affected by Steve Sabol and his groundbreaking work, whether we know it or not. Whether you are an older fan that can remember the weekly highlight shows that NFL Films put out, you are in my generation that learned of NFL Films through Follies videos, Super Bowl Highlight shows, …etc., you are familiar with their work. If you are a younger football fan, that has watched programs such as “America’s Game” or the “NFL Network Game of the Week”, you too know about NFL Films.
NFL Films was the first to mic players, as well as coaches. All of the behind the scenes looks we get at football, as well as other sports, can be traced back to NFL Films. We have all heard the wonderfully booming voice of John Facenda accompanying highlights that made football come to life like a dramatic play.
We all owe a great deal to Steve Sabol, his Dad, and their groundbreaking work.