Remembering Steve Sabol (1942-2012): The Power and the Glory of NFL Films

September 19, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Steve Sabol, the president of NFL Films, passed away Tuesday from brain cancer.  He was 69 years old.
I never met Sabol, although I have always wanted to. Now, unfortunately, that’s one more thing on my bucket list that won’t happen.  Although I never knew him personally, I know his work with NFL Films. His work (and before that, his father’s) turned me into a full-blown NFL fan as a child.
I liked football when I was a child, but was by no means passionate about it. How passionate can a child really be, anyway? The relationship between the game of football and me fundamentally transformed then, however.
I was nine years old in 1992. That year holds special meaning for any football fan in the state of Wisconsin, as that’s the year Brett Favre emerged for the Green Bay Packers. It's also the year the Packers began their climb back to respectability after a long absence. The team finished 9-7 that year and sensing the Packers would soon be...

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