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Innovator, NFL Films Founder Ed Sabol Passes Away

Posted by Andrew Walker on February 9, 2015 – 5:39 pm

Ed Sabol left a mark on the National Football League that simply cannot be measured.

Sabol, the founder of NFL Films, died Monday. He was 98.

From its founding in 1964 until he retired in 1995, Sabol and NFL Films revolutionized the way a game was presented to the world, winning 52 Emmy Awards over that 31-year span.

Enjoy blooper reels? Love hearing the microphones on players, coaches and referees? How about that catchy orchestra music? All were the brainchild — or, at the very least, staples — of Sabol and NFL Films.

In 1985, Sabol — a 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee — turned over the role of NFL Films President to his son, Steve, who, of course, also is responsible for the way we watch football today.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Sabol’s friends and family.


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