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Steve Sabol: 5 Top Scenes From His Life’s Highlight Reel
Posted By Patrick Kiger On September 19, 2012 @ 6:15 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
The Sabols — father Ed and son Steve — did for pro football what Cecil B. DeMille did for Biblical epics. Beginning in 1962, the Sabols’ film studio, NFL Films, essentially created the modern highlight film, with its slow-motion ballet of long bombs spiraling into receivers’ hands and the tumult of muscular giants colliding at the line of scrimmage, all set to majestic orchestral music.
The elder Sabol, now 94, was the visionary who turned clips of NFL action into a lucrative business franchise; Steve, who passed away on Tuesday at age 69 in New Jersey , pushed the ball even further down the field creatively. The onetime Colorado College running back and art history major dreamed up innovations that made the the outsized spectacle of an NFL game somehow seem intimate and human-scale. As he modestly explained in a 2000 New York Times article : “My father … knew business and loved schmoozing with people, while he let me try all these things with the films.” Here are five of Steve Sabol’s biggest contributions.
Here’s a 2008 USA Today video on Steve Sabol and NFL Films.
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 passed away on Tuesday at age 69 in New Jersey: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/sports/football/steve-sabol-creative-force-behind-nfl-films-dies-at-69.html?pagewanted=all
 2000 New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/29/nyregion/in-person-catching-football-on-film.html?src=pm
 “The Autumn Wind,”: http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders/ci_21572575
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egLzNsV7OzM
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