The creative force behind NFL Films, Steve Sabol, has died at 69, reports The New York Times. The cause was brain cancer, according to the National Football League. Sabol learned he had the cancer last year.
While Sabol’s father founded NFL Films, Steve Sabol formed the images and sounds that became iconic, the story notes — images such as “a kicked football floating end-over-end or a pigskin bullet spiraling in slow motion; a row of bruised and dirtied gladiators hunkering on the sideline; the crunch of bodies brawling at the line of scrimmage or colliding in the open field," the piece notes.
ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman said the Sabols made a 49-14 game "seem like some kind of epic Greek tragedy.”
Steve Sabol was cited on more than a third of the 107 sports Emmy Awards won by NFL Films, the story notes.
Sabol’s father, Ed Sabol, 96, survives his son, according to the piece.