Even those who don’t like the NFL probably enjoy NFL Films.
NFL Films has spent 50 years not merely documenting football games but elevating them to dramatic battles between good and evil, king and iconoclast, Cowboy and Steeler.
The slow motion tackles, the cold Lambeau breath, the blood and mud-splattered Sunday warriors hitting and running and sweating and grunting and crying to the music of Sam Spence, the voice of John Facenda and the images of Steve Sabol. Gorgeous.
Through NFL Films, Mr. Sabol, along with his father Ed, helped turn professional football from a sport that many people liked into nothing less than a national heartbeat.
Steve Sabol has died at the far too young age of 69 after a battle with brain cancer. He leaves behind his father, mother, wife, son, a sister, and millions of images of the greatest sport on Earth.
Life is not slow motion, nor is it set to heart-stirring music and inspirational narration. It is, however, always in close-up. Look into the camera on a cold autumn day, think of Steve Sabol, and capture the essence, soak up the drama, and play hard on every down.