NFL Films President Steve Sabol Dies At The Age Of 69

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Steve Sabol, the president and co-founder of the renowned NFL television production, “NFL Films” had passed away this morning after fearlessly battling brain cancer.

Steve Sabol had been informed of his disease after suffering a seizure in 2011. Steve had been fighting the cancer ever since.

Similar to Apple’s Steve Jobs being able to revolutionize technology, NFL Films Steve Sabol had also reformed the business of sports filmmaking.

From the way the players were depicted on television to the creative style of how a NFL game is captured lies mainly on the shoulders of Ed Sabol [Steve Sabol’s father who initially created NFL Films] with Steve ultimately becoming the driving force of the business as the years went by.

To the fans that can’t get enough of HBO’s American football program, “Hard Knocks,” know that this amazing NFL documentary was filmed and produced by none other than Steve Sabol and his team.

Steve Sabol made a simple football game that many already had called to be the best sport in the world even more sophisticated through stimulating art and innovative vision. For those reasons alone, we salute him.

Rest in peace.

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10 Responses to NFL Films President Steve Sabol Dies At The Age Of 69

  1. Grew up watching NFL Films with John Facenda narrating. Fell in love with the sport. Steve Sabol’s impact cannot be overlooked. He will be sorely missed.

    • CDR says:

      It’s difficult to lose a guy like Steve Sabol in the NFL world. We’re fortunate to have had such a genius behind the films.

  2. tophatal says:

    Fans don’t truly appreciate what Sabol and his father brought to the NFL with their ingenuity and business acumen. Beyond NFL Films, the techniques that they created are now widespread and used across the sports’ landscape to make sports’ viewing an even more exciting spectacle.

    Tophtal ………………

    • CDR says:

      You hit it right on the head Alan. After being able to view NFL games the way the Sabol’s presented them, there was no going back. It was like having HDTV for the first time, once you saw it, you forgot all about the regular television.

  3. I had the opportunity to call on NFL Films as a customer years ago when I was working in industrial sales and marketing. Of all things, I was selling high purity water filters which were critical to the development of the film they used to produce their amazing productions. Having the chance to walk through their facility and see where they made magic was a true highlight of my work career…since I love sports so much. I never got a chance to meet Steve or Ed Sabol but did meet a number of folks who worked for them. Every one of them was a class act…as has NFL Films been all these years.

    • CDR says:

      Thanks for the comment! It’s great to see you again Bruce. Haven’t heard from you in a while. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Not many people can say they actually were able to get a tour of the NFL Films’ facility. Hearing that the people were all class acts doesn’t surprise us one bit. It starts from the top.

  4. As sports fans, we are all better off for Sabol’s contributions.

  5. Anyone who was born prior to the early 80′s and loves the NFL has in part Sabol to thank for their love. NFL Films made football that much better creating a passion for the game within all of us. RIP

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