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Steve Sabol

'NFL Films' Founder

Dead at 69

9/18/2012 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Steve Sabol -- one of the founding members of "NFL Films" -- passed away this morning after battling brain cancer. He was 69.

Steve had suffered a seizure in March 2011. Doctors discovered an unremovable tumor in his brain ... and he had been receiving treatment ever since.

Sabol co-founded NFL Films in the '60s with his father, Ed Sabol ... and together they revolutionized the way football fans watched the game ... with slow dramatic montages, compelling music and candid player soundbites from the field and the sidelines.

Under Steve's leadership, NFL Films produced several iconic shows ... including, "Hard Knocks," "NFL Films Presents" and "Football Follies."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Sabol's death ... saying, "Steve’s passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. Steve’s legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.”

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eicarr     

Made a dumb sport look important.

703 days ago
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sidithers    

Cancer sucks
He will be missed

703 days ago
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Jay W.     

RIP Steve... Thanks for the great entertainment.

703 days ago
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TheTruth    

After reading a couple of these comments, all I can say is "what a bunch of losers." Thanks Steve, RIP.

703 days ago
5.

John    

RIP... I just watched a steelers film last night..

703 days ago
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beatlefan    

When I was MUCH younger I attended some of Steve's great parties in the art museum area of Philadelphia.. He was Always a gentleman with grace and style and I am so sorry to hear that he passed away. He was Bright, funny and very kind... be at peace Sweet Steve

703 days ago
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bsinnett1    

Steve was a great innovator of the way the NFL highlights were seen in your home every week ....I remember watching NFL Films Presents when I was a kid ...what a great person !.....R.I.P Steve !

703 days ago
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NocturnalDirtPeople    

I love Steve Sabol. Him and his dad were NFL films pioneers if your a fan of football you have to pay your respects to the Sabol Family.

703 days ago
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jetfanglo    

too bad his life couldn't go into overtime.............loved his 'nfl follies' & hbo 'hard knocks'.......godspeed,mr.sabol.....thanx

703 days ago
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some guy    

Hmmm... how will Goodell be able to make a buck off this?

703 days ago
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mikeman    

the replacement refs ruled that he's alive, though.

703 days ago
12.

KnuckleDragger    

Why? Still looking for your father?

703 days ago
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penny    

Steve was a really nice man and used to have Happy Hour on Friday's at Copperfield's in Mount Laurel for his employees and restaurant regulars. I have fond memories of him and his employees, we laughed and drank and had a great time. You will be missed.

703 days ago
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anony    

This is very sad.
And both his parents are still alive.

703 days ago
15.

Denver    

He and his dad were pioneers in filiming football and will be remembered forever "on the frozen tundra of Lambeau field"....

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