Sabol was the first to “mic up" players and coaches. It allowed fans to see and hear a side of football never before accessible, they ate it up – and still do. The NFL network, which Sabol had a hand in creating, broadcasts SoundFX, a show that is simply sound bites from coaches and players from games – another “Sabol-ism.” He produced reality TV before the words were even in our vernacular.
Over his lifetime, NFL films has been awards Emmys in various categories including writing and cinematography. His words were given a voice by John Facenda, which Sabol nicknamed the “voice of god.” His narrations gave the films life, humor, drama and connection to those watching. And then there was the music. The original scores and orchestrations added even more suspense and drama to an already heightened sense of reality. The end product was something you couldn’t turn away from, something you couldn’t change the channel from. At least that was the case for millions of fans around the world, including myself.
Thank you Mr. Sabol. Thank you for making me love football. Thank you for making the NFL what is is today. You will be missed.