I was greatly saddened when I heard the news that Ed Sabol had passed as I similarly was when his son Steve passed in 2012. They and NFL films are the biggest reasons I am the NFL fan I am today. The Sabols were the pioneers that changed the way we see the game. 

They were ridiculed at first for spending incredible amounts of money on the reels and reels of film needed to produce the slow motion highlights that we crave and love so dearly. Sabol obviously knew what others didn’t: that creating a story and a mood while giving amazing insight would bond the American public to football forever.

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.



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