"Steve was the creative genius behind NFL Films' remarkable work," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today via email. "Steve's passion for football was matched only by his talent and energy. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we looked at football and sports, and a great friend. His legacy is assured. Steve was an incredible visionary. He spent 50 years at the NFL and changed the way we see pro football. So when you're watching the games this week, it's worth remembering just how much Steve contributed to the way we think, see, and love our game."
Steve and Ed Sabol turned a sideline highlight reel service into a major art form, dramatizing the action via slow-motion camera shots, driving orchestral soundtracks and poetic copy read by legendary narrators.
From the AP:
His father, Ed, founded NFL Films, and Steve was there working beside him right from the start in 1964. They introduced a series of innovations now taken for granted today, from slow-motion replays to blooper reels to sticking microphones on coaches and players. And they hired the ''Voice of God,'' John Facenda, to read lyrical descriptions in solemn tones.