Ed Sabol

Edwin Milton Sabol (September 11, 1916 – February 9, 2015) was an American filmmaker and the founder (with his son Steve Sabol, among others) of NFL Films. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011 as a contributor due to his works with NFL Films.

Ed Sabol
Edwin Milton Sabol

September 11, 1916
DiedFebruary 9, 2015 (aged 98)
Alma materOhio State University
OccupationFounder of NFL Films
AwardsAwards and honors


Early life, education, and career

Sabol was born to a Jewish family[1] in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1916 and raised in Blairstown, New Jersey.[2] While attending Blair Academy, he excelled in several sports, and set a World Interscholastic Swimming record in the 100-yard freestyle race.[3] He continued his noted swimming career at Ohio State University. He was selected for the 1936 Olympic team but refused to participate because of the games' connections to Nazi Germany.[1] He had some success in the theater as an actor, appearing on Broadway for the production of Where Do We Go from Here.[3] He served in World War II, and upon returning to civilian life, worked as a clothing salesman out of his father-in-law's factory.[4]

NFL Films

Sabol founded Blair Motion Pictures in 1962. Its first major contract was to film the 1962 NFL Championship Game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers at Yankee Stadium in New York. In 1964, Blair Motion Pictures became NFL Films, with an exclusive deal to preserve NFL games on film. It has been said by his son Steve Sabol, of NFL Films, "The only other human endeavor more thoroughly captured on 16-mm film than the National Football League is World War II."[4] In 1995, he officially retired from NFL Films in his role as President and chairman.[3] In 1996, he was elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

On February 5, 2011, Sabol was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.[5]


Sabol died on February 9, 2015, at his home in Arizona.[6]

Awards and honors

  • 1935 World Interscholastic Record holder, 100-yard freestyle swimming[3]
  • 1937 Big Ten championship, 400-yard freestyle relay swimming[3]
  • 1937 National AAU championship, 400-yard freestyle relay swimming[3]
  • 91 Emmy Awards (to NFL Films)[3]
  • 1987 Order of the Leather Helmet (presented by the NFL Alumni Association)[1]
  • 1987 Bert Bell Memorial Award (presented by the NFL)[1]
  • 1991 Pete Rozelle Award (presented by the NFL)[1]
  • 1996 International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame[1]
  • 2003 Lifetime Achievement Emmy[3]
  • 2004 John Grierson International Gold Medal[7]
  • 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame entry for Ed Sabol". Retrieved February 19, 2007.
  2. ^ Schudel, Matt; Shapiro, Leonard (February 9, 2015). "Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films, dies at 98". Washington Post. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Rollet, Ron. "Ed Sabol Bio". Cape May New Jersey State Film Festival. Retrieved February 19, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "NFL Films, Inc.: Father-Son Team Establishes Gold Standard For Sports Photography". CBSnews.com. August 25, 2004. Retrieved February 19, 2007.
  5. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Finalists
  6. ^ "NFL Films founder Ed Sabol dies". ESPN. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  7. ^ D'Amato, Sally-Ann (October 11, 2004). "SMPTE Announces Award Recipients for Contributions to Motion Imaging Technology". Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Archived from the original on September 27, 2006. Retrieved February 19, 2007.
  8. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Announced". Pro Football Hall of Fame. February 5, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2011.

External links

67th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2014 until May 31, 2015, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was held on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast in the U.S. by Fox. Andy Samberg hosted the show for the first time. The nominations were announced on July 16, 2015.The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 12 and was broadcast by FXX on September 19.The Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards ceremony was held on October 28, 2015 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

The ceremony became notable for breaking two major milestones: Game of Thrones set a new record by winning 12 awards, the most for any show in a single year (it was also the second HBO show to win the Outstanding Drama Series award), while Viola Davis became the first African-American woman in Emmy history to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder.This year also saw for the first time, two Streaming service networks win four Acting awards: Netflix, with Uzo Aduba in Orange Is the New Black and Reg E. Cathey in House of Cards; and Amazon Studios, with Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent and Bradley Whitford for the same show.

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series went to the HBO political satire Veep, which not only broke Modern Family's five-year hold on the award but became the second time a premium channel won Outstanding Comedy Series (the first was for HBO's surrealist romantic comedy Sex and the City in 2001).

A Football Life

A Football Life is a documentary series of 111 episodes, developed by NFL Films and aired on NFL Network that documents the lives of select National Football League players, coaches, owners, and teams. Friends, teammates, family members and other players and coaches associated with the subjects are interviewed.

Blair Academy

Blair Academy is a highly selective, coeducational, boarding and day school for students in high school. The school serves students from ninth through twelfth grades. The school's campus is situated on 463 acres (1.87 km2) in Blairstown Township, in rural Warren County, New Jersey, United States, approximately 60 miles (97 km) west of New York City.

February 9

February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 325 days remaining until the end of the year (326 in leap years).

Greg Cosell

Greg Cosell is an NFL analyst and a senior producer at NFL Films. He is the nephew of iconic broadcaster Howard Cosell. Cosell is widely regarded by NFL insiders as one of the most knowledgeable and trusted football analysts.Born in Queens, New York, Cosell attended Amherst College where he played basketball. After applying for a job at NFL Films, he was interviewed by founder Ed Sabol at the company's New Jersey headquarters, and subsequently hired as a producer.

In 1984, Cosell with NFL Films President Steve Sabol created a show titled Monday Night Matchup (now known as NFL Matchup) which was initially hosted by Chris Berman. The show has grown to one of the most respected sports television programs in the industry and he currently co-hosts the show with Sal Paolantonio and Matt Bowen.

Cosell co-authored the book The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays.Cosell joins SiriusXM Fantasy Football Morning with John Hansen and Adam Caplan every Friday to break down the film for Fantasy Football fans. He comes into every segment with his theme song, Lawyers, Guns and Money by Warren Zevon.

John Facenda

John Thomas Ralph Augustine James Facenda (August 8, 1913 – September 26, 1984) was an American broadcaster and sports announcer. He was a fixture on Philadelphia radio and television for decades, and achieved national fame as a narrator for NFL Films and Football Follies. Through his work with NFL Films, Facenda was known by many National Football League fans as "The Voice of God."

Karl Kassulke

Karl Otto Kassulke (March 20, 1941 – October 26, 2008) was a professional American football player.

Kassulke graduated from Drake, where he starred as a safety. He played 10 seasons in the National Football League, all with the Minnesota Vikings. Kassulke started in Super Bowl IV, where he and teammate Earsell Mackbee missed a tackle on Otis Taylor on the final touchdown of the game, late in the third quarter. The next season, he was selected to the Pro Bowl.

On July 24, 1973, Kassulke suffered a motorcycle accident on the way to training camp that left him paralyzed from the waist down.After his playing career, Kassulke worked with Wings Outreach, a Christian Ministry to the disabled.Kassulke was immortalized in NFL lore by NFL Films' official highlight film for Super Bowl IV. Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, who was wired for sound by NFL Films executive producer Ed Sabol, noted the confusion in the Vikings' defense due to the Chiefs' shifting offense and quipped, "Kassulke was running around there like it was a Chinese fire drill".

Les Richter

Leslie Alan Richter (October 26, 1930 – June 12, 2010) was an American football linebacker who played for the Los Angeles Rams of National Football League (NFL). He also served as the head of operations for NASCAR and president of the Riverside International Raceway. Richter was twice a consensus All-American for the California Golden Bears football team of the University of California. With the Rams, he played in eight Pro Bowls. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

NFL Films

NFL Films is a company devoted to producing commercials, television programs, feature films, and documentaries for and about the National Football League (NFL), as well as other unrelated major events and awards shows. Founded as Blair Motion Pictures by Ed Sabol in 1962, and run by his son Steve Sabol until his death, it is currently owned by the NFL and produces most of its videotaped content except its live game coverage, which is handled separately by the individual networks. NFL Films is based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award

The Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, created in 1989 and named for the late longtime NFL commissioner, Pete Rozelle, is bestowed annually by the Pro Football Hall of Fame "for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football". Unlike the Baseball Hall of Fame's comparable Ford C. Frick Award, the Rozelle Award has occasionally been granted to broadcast executives and production people in addition to on-air personalities.

Reds Bagnell Award

The Reds Bagnell Award is presented annually to an individual for their contributions to the game of American football. The award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club. It is named for longtime Club president and College Football Hall of Fame member Reds Bagnell.


Sabol is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Ed Sabol (1916–2015), American filmmaker

Juraj Sabol (born 1983), Slovak footballer

Shaun Sabol (born 1966), American ice hockey player

Steve Sabol (1942–2012), American filmmaker

September 11

September 11 is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 111 days remaining until the end of the year.

Between the years AD 1900 and 2099, September 11 of the Gregorian calendar is the leap day of the Coptic and Ethiopian calendars. These leap days occur in the years immediately before leap years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. In all common years of the Coptic and Ethiopian calendars, September 11 is New Year's Day.

Sports Lifetime Achievement Award

The Sports Lifetime Achievement Award is a special award given away each year at the Sports Emmy Awards. It was first given away in 1989. It is always announced days before the nominations are.

Steve Sabol

Stephen Douglas Sabol (October 2, 1942 – September 18, 2012) 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, New Jersey and attended Colorado College, where he played football and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was the subject of a humorous article about his self-promotion exploits in the November 22, 1965, issue of Sports Illustrated. He began working at NFL Films as a cameraman alongside his father Ed Sabol (1916–2015) after graduation. He started in the filming industry when his father got the rights to the 1962 NFL Championship Game, played in Yankee Stadium on December 30.

This company eventually grew into NFL Films, with Sabol serving mainly as a cameraman, editor, and writer in the 1960s and 1970s. When ESPN was founded 1979, they soon signed NFL Films as a production company and Sabol became an on-air personality in the 1980s. He won 35 Emmy Awards and had a documentary about him air on 60 Minutes. Sabol played a part in founding the NFL Network.

Sabol was the author of the poem "The Autumn Wind", later adopted by the Oakland Raiders as an unofficial anthem.

Super Bowl IV

Super Bowl IV, the fourth and final AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional American football, was played on January 11, 1970, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The American Football League (AFL) champion Kansas City Chiefs defeated the National Football League (NFL) champion Minnesota Vikings by the score of 23–7. This victory by the AFL squared the Super Bowl series with the NFL at two games apiece. The two leagues merged into one after the game.

Despite the AFL's New York Jets winning the previous season's Super Bowl, many sports writers and fans thought it was a fluke and continued to believe that the NFL was still superior to the AFL, and thus fully expected the Vikings to defeat the Chiefs; the Vikings entered the Super Bowl as 12.5 to 13-point favorites. Minnesota posted a 12–2 record during the 1969 NFL season before defeating the Cleveland Browns, 27–7, in the 1969 NFL Championship Game. The Chiefs, who previously appeared in the first Super Bowl, finished the 1969 AFL season at 11–3, and defeated the Oakland Raiders, 17–7, in the 1969 AFL Championship Game.

Under wet conditions, the Chiefs defense dominated Super Bowl IV by limiting the Minnesota offense to only 67 rushing yards, forcing three interceptions, and recovering two fumbles. Kansas City's Len Dawson became the fourth consecutive winning quarterback to be named Super Bowl MVP. He completed 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown, with one interception. Dawson also recorded three rushing attempts for 11 yards.

Super Bowl IV is also notable for NFL Films miking up the Chiefs' Hank Stram during the game, the first time that a head coach had worn a microphone during a Super Bowl.

Tau Epsilon Phi

Tau Epsilon Phi (ΤΕΦ), commonly known as TEP or Tep, is an American fraternity with 13 active chapters, 5 active colonies, and 10 official alumni clubs chiefly located at universities and colleges on the East Coast. The national headquarters is located in the New Jersey township of Voorhees and the official colors of the organization are lavender and white (although most chapters use purple instead of lavender).

The Autumn Wind

"The Autumn Wind" is a sports-themed poem written by former NFL Films President and co-founder Steve Sabol (son of founder Ed Sabol) describing the atmosphere of autumn weather, as it relates to pro football season. It is synonymous with the National Football League (NFL)'s Oakland Raiders, and is often heard blaring out of the speakers at Raider games. Narrated by John Facenda, this 1974 production has been dubbed "The Battle Hymn of the Raider Nation".The poem was first used for the team's official team yearbook film in 1974, of the same title, and also for NFL Films' hour-long recap of the 1974 season. Legend has it that when Raider owner and managing general partner Al Davis heard "The Autumn Wind" song for the first time, he remained silent for a second before telling then NFL Films President Ed Sabol that he loved it, and that "it epitomized everything that the Raiders stood for". It has been used on numerous official NFL Films audio album soundtracks, most notably The Power & The Glory LP, featuring Facenda narrating over it, as well as numerous other Sam Spence-composed and conducted NFL Films Orchestra tracks.

They Call It Pro Football

They Call It Pro Football is a 1967 sports documentary film about American football. The first full-length film from NFL Films, its visual style helped to define future presentations of the sport on film and TV. In 2012, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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