Steve Sabol Dies At Age 69

DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 5: Steve Sabol of NFL Films speaks on behalf of his father Ed after he was named into the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame class during an announcement at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 5 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Steve Sabol, a Philadelphia native who ran NFL films right in our backyard for 5 decades, has passed away at the age of 69 due to complications from brain cancer.

Sabol & NFL Films changed the way we saw the game. He made a dirty, brutal sport look like art and the game's popularity today owes a lot to the work Sabol did over there in Mt. Laurel.

"Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "Steve's passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. Steve's legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend."

“Steve Sabol was one of the most influential and innovative people in the NFL community," said Eagles owner Jeff Lurie. "Football benefited so much from his unique vision and incredible ability to bring fans closer to the action. He was also a joy to be around, an endless source of energy and ideas. All of us at the Eagles will miss him, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

We here at BGN celebrate his life and contributions to the game we love. Thanks Steve & RIP.


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