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Stephen Douglas "Steve" Sabol was an American filmmaker. He was the president and one of the founders of NFL Films, along with his father Ed. He was also a widely exhibited visual artist. Sabol was born in Moorestown Township, New Jersey and attended Colorado College, where ... Wikipedia

Quick Facts

Birth date: October 2, 1942, Moorestown, New Jersey, United States
Birth place: Moorestown
Death date: September 18, 2012, Moorestown, New Jersey, United States
Profession:Television producer, Businessperson, Filmmaker, Narrator, Visual Artist
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Penny Ashman (m. ?–2012)
Children:Casey Sabol
Parents:Ed Sabol
Siblings:Blair Sabol
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1While training for his college football in the Weight Room at Philadelphia Health club, he was urged by 1964 AAU Mr. America, Val Vasilleff and Pro Wrestling Champion, Buddy Rogers, to enter the AAU Mr. Philadelphia physique contest. Mr. Sabol did so and, as a novice, took 1st Place. (Strength & Health Magazine).
2While training for his college football in the Weight Room at Philadelphia Health club, he was urged by 1964 AAU Mr. America, Val Vasilleff and Pro Wrestling Champion, Buddy Rogers, to enter the AAU Mr. Philadelphia physique contest. Mr. Sabol did so and, as a novice, took 1st Place.
3Suffered a seizure in March 2011.
4Played football at Colorado College in the early 60s.
5His father, Ed Sabol, founded NFL Films, which produces films for the National Football League. In 1989, Steve was named President of NFL Films.


Quotes

#Quote
1Life is good. Football is better!
2To me, football is very personal. Even as a kid, I looked at football in dramaturgical terms. It wasn't the score that interested me, it was the struggle.
3When we started in the early '60s, football had a little bit of a tradition. But, they didn't have a mythology. And NFL Films, through our music and our scripts and our photography, created a mythology for the sport.
4My Dad hated his job. He sold overcoats, but he wanted to make movies. He had a failed career working with the Ritz Brothers - they were like the Marx Brothers, only a tier below. I always had a picture in my mind of him in a straw hat.
5We see the game as art as much as sport. That helped us nurture not only the game's traditions but to develop its mythology: America's Team, The Catch, The Frozen Tundra.
6If there's one thing I can't stand, it's not being noticed.
7Lombardi, a certain magic still lingers in the very name. It speaks of duels in the snow and November mud... He remains for many the heart of pro football, pumping hard right now.
8The only other human endeavor on which there's more 16-millimeter film than pro football is World War II, and we're going to pass that in 2013.
9Covering a Super Bowl is actually one of the easiest things we do because our most experienced people are there. We'll have 25,000 feet of film and there's no way you're going to miss anything.
10All this technology has not changed the way NFL Films does business and our process. Yes, with one touch of a button now you reach millions of people but it is still the same approach that my father and I started out with.
11We would get 20 different angles and then cut them all together. That's what I called it at the time - the 'cubistic' treatment of shooting football. It was the same thing Picasso did except we did it with a football play. It's taking a single image and looking at it from multiple perspectives.
12NFL Films has had one continuous, creative vision for 47 years. These are timeless things; timeless stories that we capture just like people go back and read Greek mythology.
13How about that? You can hear NFL Films music on everything from 'SpongeBob SquarePants' to 'Deep Throat.'
14So they talk about heaven, and I don't know what is waiting for me up there. But I can tell you this: Nothing will happen up there that can duplicate my life down here. Nothing. That life cannot be better than the one I've lived down here, the football life. It's been perfect.
15A perfect record does not mean that someone is the greatest. Rocky Marciano never lost a fight, but I never hear anyone say he's the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.
16The autumn wind is a pirate. Blustering in from sea with a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously. His face is weather beaten, he wears a hooded sash with a silver hat about his head... The autumn wind is a Raider, pillaging just for fun.
17When my father bid $5,000 for the 1962 Championship Game, that was a huge amount. It was double the bid the year before. Pete Rozelle was flabbergasted. Who was this guy who was willing to spend so much money on what seemed like relatively worthless rights to the NFL Championship Game?
18I have loved football as an almost mythic game since I was in the fourth grade. To me, the game wasn't even grounded in reality. The uniform turned you into a warrior. Being on a team, the mythology of physical combat, the struggle against the elements, the narrative of the game.
19I think in the NFL knowledge is power, and you try to get the knowledge by whatever means.
20Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It's part ballet. It's part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage.
21I never thought of what I was doing as a way to sell the NFL. I was making movies about a sport that I loved, about players and coaches that I respected. I wanted to convey my love of the game through film. And most artists convey their love through art. And my art and my love was expressed through film.
22When we started NFL Films, there were no focus groups, there were no demographic studies, there were no surveys. Every decision that we made, we made with our hearts, not with our heads. And, in the very beginning, we really didn't even have a business plan.
23I remember when we were making 'They Call It Pro Football,' which was our 'Citizen Kane.' The first line is 'It starts with a whistle and ends with a gun.'
24I've been very lucky in the freedom that I've been given. Every artist needs two types of freedom: You need the freedom to - the freedom to come up with an idea or treatment - and then you need the other half of the freedom, and that's freedom from - somebody saying, 'This is great. This is how I want you to do it.'
25Football is a sport of emotions, and we have to capture that in our films.
26Football is such a great game, but football players are so dull.
27I was kicked out of school one year for streaking.
28The importance of an artist is bringing new signs into a language.
29I blew the college boards, and to ease the snub from Harvard made a tour of Europe.
30I always was fascinated by neat nicknames.
31I've always been fascinated by Picasso and how he would look at a single image through multiple perspectives and from separate moments in time. He would look at a woman's face and he would see almost a three-dimensional look even though it was a flat canvas. I thought, well why couldn't we do the same thing with a football play?
32There have been nine Super Bowls in New Orleans, and not all of them have brought the best of luck to NFL Films. We got robbed twice there, got food poisoning, and my hotel room was broken into on the day the Bears played the Patriots in January 1986.
33I don't go to games as much as I used to because of the NFL's Sunday Ticket. So I'll watch the games, take notes.
34If you can show something as complicated as two people falling in love with just music and camera angles, well, just think about what you can do with football.
35You know how I came up with the name 'Road to the Super Bowl?' It's an homage to the old Bob Hope - Bing Crosby buddy movies - you know, like 'Road to Zanzibar' or 'Road to Morocco.' Can you tell? All I've done my whole life is go to movies.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Studio Show WeeklyInside the NFL (1977)· Harold Bryant (executive producer)
· Patrick Kelleher (senior coordinating producer)
· Ross Ketover (senior coordinating producer)
· Gareth Hughes (videotape producer)
· Peter Shakkour (videotape producer)
· Lisa Greenberg (director)
· Leah Harper (associate producer)
· Ben Nygaard (associate producer)
· Tiffany Uriel (associate producer)
· Peter Schrager (associate producer)
2004Lifetime Achievement AwardSports Emmy Awards· Ed Sabol (NFL Films)
1982ACECableACE AwardsSingle Program - About SportsSports Illustrated: The First 25 Years (1981)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987ACECableACE AwardsSports Information Special or SeriesNFL Films Presents (1967)· Ed Sabol (executive producer)
1987ACECableACE AwardsSports Information Special or SeriesNFL Monday Night Matchup (1985)· Ed Sabol (executive producer)
1983ACECableACE AwardsSingle Program - About SportsThe History of Pro Football (1983)· Ross Greenburg (producer)


Filmography

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2012 Baltimore Ravens: Super Bowl XLVII Champions2013Documentary executive producer
NFL Characters Unite2012Documentary producer
Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts2012Documentary executive producer
Namath2012TV Movie documentary executive producer
The San Francisco 49ers Team of the '80s2012Documentary executive producer
Greatest Super Bowl Moments2011Video documentary executive producer
Lombardi2010TV Movie documentary executive producer
NFL Full Contact2010TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
NFL Films Presents2009TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Hard Knocks2001-2009TV Series documentary executive producer - 10 episodes
Dallas Cowboys 10 Greatest Games2008Video executive producer
Truth in 242008Documentary executive producer: NFL Films
Packers Team Marketing NFL Greatest Games Series2008executive producer
In Just One Play: The Big-Play Men of the NFL2008executive producer
Manning, Brady and Favre: The Quarterbacks2008executive producer
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City Chiefs2007TV Series documentary executive producer
Kansas City Chiefs: The Complete History2007Video executive producer
NFL: Favre 4 Ever2006Video executive producer
The Complete History of the Philadelphia Eagles2004Video documentary executive producer
2003 New England Patriots: Super Bowl XXXVIII Champions2004Video documentary executive producer
The Wild Ride to Super Bowl I2004TV Movie documentary executive producer
Sounds of the Game2003TV Series co-executive producer
2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII Champions2003Video documentary executive producer
The Bravest Team: The Rebuilding of the FDNY Football Club2002TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Game of Their Lives: Pro Football's Wonder Years2001TV Movie documentary executive producer
The NFL's Hard-Hitting Grooves2001Video documentary short executive producer
The NFL's Greatest Games: '58 Championship1998Video documentary executive producer
Football America1996TV Movie executive producer
Follies, Crunches and Highlights1990TV Movie documentary producer
Strange But True Football Stories1987TV Movie documentary producer
NFL Monday Night Matchup1985TV Series senior producer
The History of Pro Football1983TV Movie documentary producer
Wake Up the Echoes: The History of Notre Dame Football1982Video documentary producer
Sports Illustrated: The First 25 Years1981TV Movie producer
They Call It Pro Football1966Documentary producer
NFL Game of the Week1965TV Series producer - 1973-1986

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NFL Top 102007TV Series
The NFL's Hard-Hitting Grooves2001Video documentary short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NFL: Favre 4 Ever2006Video
They Call It Pro Football1966Documentary

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Sunday1977cameraman: N.F.L. Films, special football sequences

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Greatest Adventure--The Story of Man's Voyage to the Moon1983Video documentary

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2001TV Special other crew

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
30 for 302010TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
The Greatest Game Ever Played2008TV Movie special thanks: NFL
Brian's Song1971TV Movie thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charlie Rose2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
NFL Films Presents2001-2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel2007TV SeriesHimself - Filmmaker (segment "Storytellers")
Playing with Rage2006DocumentaryHimself
Size Doesn't Matter: The Billy Klinke Story2004Documentary shortHimself - Host
NFL Game of the Week2004TV SeriesHimself - Host
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Big Charlie's2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Lost Treasures of NFL Films: Birth of the Bucs2001TV MovieHimself
Sports on the Silver Screen1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Follies, Crunches and Highlights1990TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Football Life2016TV SeriesHimself
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Producer & Director (In Memoriam)
60 Minutes Sports2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Filmmaker (segment "NFL Films")

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