President of NFL Films Steve Sabol died of brain cancer on Tuesday. Sabol was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in March 2011. He was 69.
Sabol won more than 40 Emmys during his time with NFL Films and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Sabol took over NFL Films from his father, Ed, who founded the company, and instituted several groundbreaking ideas in the world of sports television. NFL Films was the first company to wire coaches and players for sound as well as the first to use slow motion and montage editing in sports.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made a brief statement:
Very sad. From Commissioner Goodell: "Deeply saddened to announce Steve Sabol died this morning after his 18 month battle with brain cancer"— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2012
One final statement from Goodell to think about when watching games this weekend.
Goodell: "When you’re watching games this week, it’s worth remembering how much Steve contributed to the way we think, see, & love our game"— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2012
And what better way to honor Sabol than with a video. RIP, Steve Sabol.
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