Today in Sports History: February 12

In 2013, the NFL paid tribute to the life of Steve Sabol, president and one of the founders of NFL Films, and his many contributions to the league at a ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Steve Sabol was an American filmmaker and in 1985 became the President of NFL Films. NFL Films was founded by his father, Ed Sabol. NFL fans learned to love the game of football, which was shown through the lens of the NFL films, produced by Ed and Steve Sabol. Steve started working as a cameraman for the NFL before taking over at NFL Films. 

Sabol won over 40 Emmy awards, oversaw 107 Emmys for NFL Films, awarded the Sporting News 2002 “Sports Executive of the Year” and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. 

The company started as only wiring players and coaches and used it for sound. It changed how music was used within the film, changed how motion was used within the film by using slow-motion, and was the first to come up with the idea of editing montages in sports. Almost everything we see on television came directly from Steve and Ed Sabol and what they came up with to glorify the game of football.

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