NFL Films Founder And Groundbreaking Filmmaker Ed Sabol Dies

Ed Sabol

Ed Sabol, right, with aspiring filmmaker and future RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left, at the 1968 NFL championship game.

Scottsdale, AZ—Ed Sabol, who founded NFL Films with his son, Steve, died at his home Monday. He was 98.

Sabol was a former overcoat salesman (like Jerry’s dad on “Seinfeld”) who enjoyed filming Steve’s high school football practices. By adding the voice of John Facenda, a few more cameras and exciting music, he forever changed the face of sports films.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Over the course of his career, he won 52 Emmy Awards.

His most famous titles include “Pro Football’s Longest Day,” “They Call it Pro Football” and “RECOiL

He also started the sports blooper genre.

Sabol also served as a rifleman in Europe during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey and their daughter, Blair. Steve died in 2012 at the age of 69 from brain cancer.

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