NFL Films' Steve Sabol dies from brain cancer
The NFL lost one of its greatest contributors Tuesday, one who never wore a helmet on the field, but who was responsible for keeping the game's history alive with every generation of fans.
Steve Sabol, president of NFL films, died of brain cancer, NFL.com reports. He was 69, just weeks away from his 70th birthday.
Sabol's father Ed founded NFL Films and passed it on to his son. Sabol learned in March of last year that he had an inoperable brain tumor, but was able that summer to give the introduction for his father's enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Steve Sabol started as a cameraman with NFL Films before working his way to the top of the company and directing the work that brought 107 Emmys to NFL Films.
"My dad has a great expression," Sabol said when his father's induction was announced. "Tell me a fact, and I'll learn. Tell me a truth and I'll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever. And now my Dad's story will be in Canton and hopefully that will live forever too."
One can't help but expect that Steve Sabol also will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.