Steve Sabol, half of the father-son team credited with revolutionizing sports broadcasting and president of NFL Films, passed away Tuesday (Sept. 18) after a battle with brain cancer at the age of 69 in Moorestown, N.J., reports the AP.
Sabol was diagnosed with a brain tumor after suffering from a seizure in March 2011. His father Ed Sabol founded NFL Films in 1964 and Steve worked with him as a cinematographer from the very beginning. The two are pictured together above in 2004.
Before his father was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Steve told the AP, “We see the game as art as much as sport. That helped us nurture not only the game’s traditions but to develop its mythology: America’s Team, The Catch, The Frozen Tundra.”
Over the course of his career, Steve Sabol earned 35 Emmys for writing, cinematography, editing, directing and producing.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says in a statement, “Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of
NFL Films. 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
Sabol is survived by his parents, Audrey and Ed, his wife Penny, his son Casey and his sister Blair.