The NFL announced this morning that Steve Sabol passed away after an 18-month battle with brain cancer at the age of 69. Steve was the son of Ed Sabol, who founded NFL Films and was inducted into the Pro football Hall of Fame in 2011 with Steve as his presenter.
Growing up as young boy, I knew of football and watched it on occasion with my family and friends, but it wasn’t until I began watching old highlight films on the NFL Network and ESPN that I really began to appreciate football for the wonderful sport it was. Relieving old games and seeing them articulated in a manner that made it feel so real, it made me want to dive into the sport even more. Little did I know one of the primary figures behind the films I was watching was none other than Steve. His recollection of games and ability to describe them as if I were in the game right there at that moment helped me gain a better understanding of the game of football. Even when he wasn’t speaking in a film, he was working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure ever movie that NFL Films made was of the highest quality.
As I grew up in this new age of football, Steve was the one behind NFL Films, which I truly believe is one of the biggest reasons that football is, without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest sport in the world. No other sport allows you to relieve games of the past in a manner that makes you feel like your right there as its happening. No other sports dives into the lives and stories of players and coaches the way NFL Films has, and I can honestly say that Steve is and hsi father Ed are two of the biggest reasons I’m standing here today as the editor of Stripe Hype.
Thanks for everything you and your family have done Steve, and God Bless.