Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films, dies at 98
Ed Sabol, the founder of NFL films, died Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 98.
Sabol, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011, revolutionized NFL Films to change the way sports were presented. During his time at NFL Films, from 1964 to 1995, the company won 52 Emmy Awards.
While Sabol was in charge, NFL Films introduced the first use of microphones on coaches, referees, and players. They also added popular music to footage, and created the famous blooper reel, “Football Follies.”
“We began making the game personal for the fans, like a Hollywood movie,” Sabol told The Associated Press before his Hall of Fame induction.
“Violent tackles, the long slow spiral of the ball, following alongside the players as they sidestepped and sprinted down the field. The movie camera was the perfect medium at the time to present the game the way the fans wanted to see it.”
Sabol served as NFL Films president until 1985 when he turned over the reins to his son, Steve, who died in 2012 at 69.