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Subject: ARCHIVE: September 18, 2012 ~Filmmaker Steve Sabol, founders of NFL Films along with his father Ed Sabol, widely exhibited visual artist, earning EMMYS for his work, dies from brain cancer, just weeks before his 70th birthday.

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Date Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 05:23:17pm

American filmmaker was the president and one of the founders
of NFL Films, along with his father Ed, widely exhibited visual artist. ...

Steve Sabol
[ Stephen Douglas Sabol ]
(October 2, 1942 September 18, 2012)

Sabol was born in Moorestown, New Jersey and attended Colorado College, where he played football and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was the subject of a humorous article about his self-promotion exploits in the November 22, 1965, issue of Sports Illustrated. He began working at NFL Films as a cameraman alongside his father Ed Sabol (19162015) after graduation. He started in the filming industry when his father got the rights to the 1962 NFL Championship Game, played in Yankee Stadium on December 30.

This company eventually grew into NFL Films, with Sabol serving mainly as a cameraman, editor, and writer in the 1960s and 1970s. When ESPN was founded 1979, they soon signed NFL Films as a production company and Sabol became an on-air personality in the 1980s. He won 35 Emmy Awards and had a documentary about him air on 60 Minutes. Sabol played a part in founding the NFL Network.

...Sabol was the author of the poem "The Autumn Wind",
later adopted by the Oakland Raiders as an unofficial anthem.

Early life, education, and career

Sabol was born to a Jewish family in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1916 and raised in Blairstown, New Jersey. While attending Blair Academy, he excelled in several sports, and set a World Interscholastic Swimming record in the 100-yard freestyle race. He continued his noted swimming career at Ohio State University. He was selected for the 1936 Olympic team but refused to participate because of the games' connections to Nazi Germany. He had some success in the theater as an actor, appearing on Broadway for the production of Where Do We Go from Here. He served in World War II, and upon returning to civilian life, worked as a clothing salesman out of his father-in-law's factory.

NFL Films
Sabol founded Blair Motion Pictures in 1962. Its first major contract was to film the 1962 NFL Championship Game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers at Yankee Stadium in New York. In 1964, Blair Motion Pictures became NFL Films, with an exclusive deal to preserve NFL games on film. It has been said by his son Steve Sabol, of NFL Films, "The only other human endeavor more thoroughly captured on 16-mm film than the National Football League is World War II." In 1995, he officially retired from NFL Films in his role as President and chairman. In 1996, he was elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

On February 5, 2011, Sabol was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sabol died on February 9, 2015, at his home in Arizona.

Awards and honors

1935 World Interscholastic Record holder, 100-yard freestyle swimming

1937 Big Ten championship, 400-yard freestyle relay swimming

1937 National AAU championship, 400-yard freestyle relay swimming 91 Emmy Awards (to NFL Films)

1987 Order of the Leather Helmet (presented by the NFL Alumni Association)

1987 Bert Bell Memorial Award (presented by the NFL)

1991 Pete Rozelle Award (presented by the NFL)

1996 International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

2003 Lifetime Achievement Emmy

2004 John Grierson International Gold Medal

2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame


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One of the VERY few celeb notable senior citizen (age 70), to be survived by BOTH parents! (NT)Father Ed Sabol (1916-2015), and I think mother Audrey is still living at 96.Wednesday, September 18, 05:30:18pm

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