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TrebMaxx
09-18-2012, 11:18 AM
Love NFL Films, RIP sir!

ShowtimeSBMVP
09-18-2012, 11:20 AM
Ian Rapoport ‏@RapSheet

Very sad. From Commissioner Goodell: "Deeply saddened to announce Steve Sabol died this morning after his 18 month battle with brain cancer"


RIP

Rain Man
09-18-2012, 11:21 AM
Whoa. That was unexpected.

He seemed like a likable guy.

htismaqe
09-18-2012, 11:21 AM
What a bummer.

Isn't his dad still alive?

htismaqe
09-18-2012, 11:21 AM
Whoa. That was unexpected.

He seemed like a likable guy.

He had brain cancer. He's been battling with it for over a year.

LVNHACK
09-18-2012, 11:21 AM
RIP.....Always enjoyed his work

Frazod
09-18-2012, 11:22 AM
That sucks. RIP

pimpchief
09-18-2012, 11:24 AM
Wow. Lost someone really cool. Rip

Rain Man
09-18-2012, 11:25 AM
He had brain cancer. He's been battling with it for over a year.

He never mentioned that to me.

The Franchise
09-18-2012, 11:26 AM
Damn.......RIP.

Hog's Gone Fishin
09-18-2012, 11:27 AM
He couldn't tolerate this organization and finally quit fighting. RIP !

Predarat
09-18-2012, 11:28 AM
RIP Steve Sabol.

Rain Man
09-18-2012, 11:34 AM
What a bummer.

Isn't his dad still alive?

I was wondering that myself. I just watched a documentary on NFL Network about Ed. Looks like Ed is still around.

The documentary was kind of interesting. I guess Ed's father-in-law was stinking rich by making overcoats. Ed was a "vice president" at the overcoat factory but had no interest in it. Eventually the father-in-law sold the company on retirement realizing that he had no one to take over. Ed got some of that money and went wild with it - big house, high-end Mercedes, etc. It also gave him the money to start a film company, and he eventually found his way to the NFL.

I wasn't paying close attention, but it sounded like he initially paid the NFL to do their films, presumably then selling them himself. It started getting too expensive, so he approached them about setting up a film company within the NFL, and the rest is slow-motion, John Facenda-narrated history.

Rasputin
09-18-2012, 11:37 AM
R.I.P. Steve Sabol

Thank you for all the Football takes you made!

CoMoChief
09-18-2012, 11:38 AM
Def changed the way we see games.

RIP

htismaqe
09-18-2012, 11:39 AM
I was wondering that myself. I just watched a documentary on NFL Network about Ed. Looks like Ed is still around.

The documentary was kind of interesting. I guess Ed's father-in-law was stinking rich by making overcoats. Ed was a "vice president" at the overcoat factory but had no interest in it. Eventually the father-in-law sold the company on retirement realizing that he had no one to take over. Ed got some of that money and went wild with it - big house, high-end Mercedes, etc. It also gave him the money to start a film company, and he eventually found his way to the NFL.

I wasn't paying close attention, but it sounded like he initially paid the NFL to do their films, presumably then selling them himself. It started getting too expensive, so he approached them about setting up a film company within the NFL, and the rest is slow-motion, John Facenda-narrated history.

According to Wikipedia, he's 96 years old and still alive.

And btw, the part in bold kind of gives me chills. :thumb:

gblowfish
09-18-2012, 11:39 AM
His father Ed just went into the pro football HOF this year, he's 96. This is very sad. NFL Films was, and is, the greatest sports film company in the world. Steve had a great sense of humor, and was a very talented guy. I lost one of my best buddies from high school to brain cancer after a prolonged battle. Sad day for the Sabol family and for the NFL.

Micjones
09-18-2012, 11:45 AM
Sabol made an indelible mark on the NFL.
Sad day for my favorite sport.

Radar Chief
09-18-2012, 11:55 AM
Wow, first Iíve read of it.
RIP to one of the NFL greats.
Hard to imagine what the NFL would be without the Sabol family and their contributions.

Kraus
09-18-2012, 12:01 PM
I freakin' love NFL films - RIP Steve.

Luke Warm
09-18-2012, 12:01 PM
Damn that sux. RIP Mr. Sabol

BoneKrusher
09-18-2012, 12:02 PM
Sad News.
RIP

Mugalug
09-18-2012, 12:30 PM
NFL films was top notch. Steve Sabol did great work. RIP

mikey23545
09-18-2012, 03:19 PM
It was 18 months ago right here in Kansas City that NFL Films genius Steve Sabol suffered a seizure while attending the annual 101 Awards Banquet.

The cause of the seizure was a cancerous tumor on the left side of his brain. On Tuesday that cancer claimed Sabol’s life. He passed away at his home in suburban Philadelphia. Steve Sabol was 69 years old.

Sabol was the son of the father/son combination of Sabols that turned NFL Films into one of the greatest chroniclers of professional football and helped lead the league to its status as America’s past-time.

“We see the game as art as much as sport,” Sabol said before his father Ed was inducted into the Pro Football Hal of Fame last year. “That helped us nurture not only the game’s traditions but to develop mythology: America’s Team, The Catch, the Frozen Tundra.”

Ed Sabol is 96 years old and survives his only son.

“My dad has a great expression,” Sabol said last year. “‘Tell me a fact, and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever’.”

Steve Sabol is also survived by his wife Penny, son Casey and his sister Blair.

“Steve’s passion for football was matched only by his talent and energy,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we looked at football and sports, and a great friend. His legacy is assured.

“Steve was an incredible visionary. He spent 50 years at the NFL and changed the way we see pro football. So when you’re watching the games this week, it’s worth remembering just how much Steve contributed to the way we think, see, and love our game.”



Edit: Sorry about the Q

In58men
09-18-2012, 03:21 PM
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Buck
09-18-2012, 03:21 PM
This q-ly sucks.

In58men
09-18-2012, 03:22 PM
This q-ly sucks.

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Detoxing
09-18-2012, 03:22 PM
Oh that really fucking sucks.

R.I.P Steve, football wouldn't have been the same w/o you.

Hog's Gone Fishin
09-18-2012, 03:23 PM
Shit , twice in one day !

listopencil
09-18-2012, 03:25 PM
RIP

DaFace
09-18-2012, 03:27 PM
Merged. Sorry to hear this - he's got a legacy in the NFL that rivals some of the founders. RIP.

listopencil
09-18-2012, 03:31 PM
Still gives me goosebumps:

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Hammock Parties
09-18-2012, 03:33 PM
Everything NFL films, ever, is fucking magic.

RIP

listopencil
09-18-2012, 03:37 PM
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Munson
09-18-2012, 03:39 PM
I loved watching his work. It was legendary.

RIP

Ace Gunner
09-18-2012, 03:48 PM
love his work. RIP

Hammock Parties
09-18-2012, 03:51 PM
Steve Sabol is pretty much the reason I am a Chiefs fan. It all kinda started for me with this video:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61CacRqUgTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

chiefqueen
09-18-2012, 04:06 PM
What a bummer.

Isn't his dad still alive?

I believe Ed is still alive and is around 95. Steve had one daughter that I know of who is in her late 20's.

KCUnited
09-18-2012, 04:27 PM
John Fox just challenged the death.

displacedinMN
09-18-2012, 06:08 PM
This is a sad day for football. He and Ed were innovators in their work. I loved watching the commentary on the history of NFL Films. Laughed a lot.

Ultra Peanut
09-18-2012, 06:23 PM
Whoa, Jesus. Like two days ago I randomly started wondering how he was doing and thinking, "Oh god, he's got to be pretty old by now."

I had no idea about the cancer, that's awful.

ILChief
09-18-2012, 06:35 PM
I'm glad Clark released a statement on this but is completely silent on his dipshit QB and his band of rejects.

Braincase
09-18-2012, 08:56 PM
I'd love to see Sabol's first NFL film from the great beyond.

"As Derrick Thomas drops Johnny Unitas for a 7 yard loss..."

boogblaster
09-18-2012, 09:02 PM
RIP .. a visionary .....

Chiefs=Champions
09-18-2012, 09:16 PM
RIP

pr_capone
09-18-2012, 09:20 PM
RIP Sabol. You were massively influential in my learning about the game and learning to love it. I loved watching your NFL films and learning about legends of the past which only fueled my love for this sport.

You will be a rockstar in heaven.

listopencil
09-18-2012, 11:00 PM
I'd love to see Sabol's first NFL film from the great beyond.

"As Derrick Thomas drops Johnny Unitas for a 7 yard loss..."

Who is going to beat Lombardi's team though? CP should have an all-dead fantasy draft, and include HC/OC/DC.

Bump
09-18-2012, 11:47 PM
one of the best film makers of our generation. Really made a huge impact. RIP.

cdcox
09-18-2012, 11:57 PM
Steve Sabol could make Matt Cassel look good.


RIP

Deberg_1990
09-20-2012, 08:08 PM
RIP Sabol.....definately helped bring the game to the masses....


I remember we used to have to wait a whole day to get game highlights. During MNF Howard Cosell would narrate each Sundays NFL Filmsgame highlights.


I gave to ask though......is NFL films still relevant in the age of Internet, instant access, Sunday Ticket, Redzone channel, 24 hour sports highlights, etc.......?