Saturday night’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is all about history. It’s hard to imagine a more fitting start to the night than to honor Ed Sabol, the founder of NFL Films.
Sabol only made a three minute speech. Instead, he used his time to premiere one last film.
In that film, Sabol encapsulated what has made NFL Films so great over the years. He wrapped up football’s history in just a few short beautiful minutes, and none of the images would be available if not for NFL Films. As always, he glorified the game — not himself.
“I dreamt the impossible dream,” Sabol said. “I’m living it.”
Ed Sabol’s son Steve, who took over NFL Films, introduced his dad. Steve is recovering from brain tumors, and his presence made the moment even more special.
“He was a loving father. A generous boss. Most of all, he was the funniest man I’ve ever known,” Steve Sabol said.
Football. Film. Fathers and sons. What a great start to Hall of Fame night.
UPDATE: Here’s Steve’s introduction.