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Ebersol says Sabol’s influence was unmatched

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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.

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5 Responses to “Ebersol says Sabol’s influence was unmatched”
  1. aldavisisthenfl says: Sep 18, 2012 9:15 PM

    “The Autumn Wind”

    The Autumn wind is a pirate
    Blustering in from sea
    With a rollicking song he sweeps along
    Swaggering boisterously.

    His face is weather beaten
    He wears a hooded sash
    With a silver hat about his head
    And a bristling black mustache.

    He growls as he storms the country
    A villain big and bold
    And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
    As he robs them of their gold.

    The Autumn wind is a Raider
    Pillaging just for fun
    He’ll knock you ’round and upside down
    And laugh when he’s conquered and won.

    Steve Sabol

  2. footballfan01 says: Sep 18, 2012 11:23 PM

    NFL Films made me fall in love with football.

    R.I.P.

  3. reddcowboys says: Sep 19, 2012 12:00 AM

    RIP Steve, you’ll be missed by all that you’ve touched. Thanks for the memories you given me.

  4. wcdunkenfield says: Sep 19, 2012 2:56 AM

    There should be a moment of silence at every game this week for Steve. He meant that much to the league and the sport… I expect the old line teams, especially the Eagles, to do it anyway…

  5. jrspike says: Sep 19, 2012 9:59 AM

    Yesterday, an article appeared that Steve had never played football, maybe they were not an Eagle fan.
    Just ask Jaws about Steve an the Eagles.

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