The stories, images and vision produced by Steve Sabol will last forever. Now his legacy will too.
Sabol will be included in the centennial class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame that will be presented this summer, although posthumously. The former NFL Films administrator died in 2012 at the age of 69 after a brain cancer.
Sabol's father, Ed, whom he will join in the Hall of Fame, founded NFL Films in 1962. Together, they will become the third father and son combo to reach Canton (Art and Dan Rooney, Tim and Wellington Mara are the others).
Steve Sabol worked with his father from 1964 as director of photography and assumed the position of president of the company in 1985. He led NFL Films to more than 100 Emmy awards under his administration, including 35 of his, in categories ranging from writing and direction to cinematography and production.
"Steve was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after Sabol's death. "Steve's passion for football was only matched by his talent and energy. He was a great contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we saw football and sports, and a great friend. His legacy is insured".
Among the greatest achievements of NFL Films is the innovation of wiring players to provide live audio streams. Other innovations such as the editing edition, the music behind sports films and the slow motion at ground level are attributed to Sabol.
The programs produced by NFL Films include "Inside the NFL", "A Football Life" and "NFL Films Presents".
"I never thought about what I was doing as a way to sell the NFL" Sabol told CNBC in June 2012. "I was making films about a sport I loved, about players and coaches I respected. I wanted to convey my love for the game through the movies. And most artists convey their love through of art. And my Art and my love were expressed through cinema. "