After a long 98 years of life, NFL Films founder Ed Sabol died peacefully in his Arizona home.
Ed Sabol, who founded NFL Films and made sports on camera popular, died in his home at the age of 98 at his residence in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Sabol’s rise to fame came in 1962 when he released a film called Pro Football’s Longest Day, which featured the NFL championship matchup between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.
This film helped convince the NFL to start doing camera work, which in turn helped it become a more popular professional sports organization than Major League Baseball and boxing, along with college football.
Due to his overwhelming success in revolutionizing video camera use in the NFL, Sabol became the official historian of the league and earned 52 Emmy Awards for his work in NFL Films.
Sabol’s camera usage created a new era of football, and the Super Bowl became the official championship game shortly after his revolutionary film.
The man known as “Big Ed” retired from his work in 1995 before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Since the Super Bowl will be reaching its 50th anniversary, Sabol will likely be heavily mentioned in what will be a special pre-game ceremony while receiving tributes throughout the regular season.