Ed Sabol was finally enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in a moment that was long overdue. Sabol was introduced as the first member of the class of 2011, and set the bar so high that none of the other inductees -- including Deion Sanders or Shannon Sharpe, who each have a gift for gab -- will be able to top it. Beginning with the video of his son, Steve, presenting him and ending with a short, but poignant, speech Sabol stole the show, and rightfully so.
"Let me tell ya about my dad," Steve Sabol said. And with that, the video introducing Ed Sabol was off. It was a special moment, and contained the final NFL Films project Sabol worked on. As he always did in his film work, Sabol created a masterpiece, capturing some of the finest and most entertaining moments in NFL history, all wrapped into that familiar NFL Films package. It was wonderfully done, but what else would you expect from the master himself?
Give Sabol's presentation a watch. The introduction is 10 minutes long, but worth every single second of it.
As Sabol marveled at his Hall of Fame bust, he took the mic and told the crowd, "I dreamnt the impossible dream. I'm living it." He didn't need to speak long in Canton, only spending about three minutes reading his speech. Instead he let his last video do the talking.
Congratulations to Ed Sabol, the man who revolutionized the game of football in his own way. Sabol and his son combined to give us one of the better moments you'll see at a Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, and a video that will live on long after the memory of Saturday's events fades.