Plenty of monumental figures in pro football have shared their thoughts and memories of NFL Films president Steve Sabol, but Sabol’s contribution to the game of pro football are perhaps best captured by the observations of former NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol.
“Steve Sabol understood better than anyone that the National Football League was sports’ ultimate unscripted drama,” Ebersol said. “He brought it to life in such a way that I believe he had more influence than anyone else on how sports fans see the NFL. On top of that, he was one of the most glorious human beings I have ever met.”
For those of us who grew up in the era of three channels, time stood still when any one of those channels featured a production of NFL Films. Whenever I hear the term “NFL Films,” I’ll think of Steve Sabol.
Then again, I’ve been doing that for almost as many years as I’ve been watching the NFL.