Ed Sabol lit the NFL fuse with his fusion of prose, promotion, and prophecy. It’s not embellishing to say that Sabol did more to propagate pro football than Pete Rozelle.
Working with his son, Steve, Sabol introduced a series of innovations taken for granted today: super slow-motion replays, blooper reels, reverse angle shots.
The Blonde Bomber’s admiration could be heard in the kind words he spoke, while Craig chose to display his fondness with a little help from his trusty auto-tune machine.
The NFL said Sabol died Tuesday, 18 months after he was diagnosed with a tumor on the left side of his brain. Sabol started working with his father Ed, NFL Films’ founder, in 1964.