Most of the game-changers in the NFL change the game by their play on the field. Ed Sabol changed the way fans see the game, hear it…he changed the NFL experience. The founder of NFL films brought fans closer to the game by bringing the sights, sounds, brutal physicality and even comic nature of our beloved game right into the fans’ living rooms.
Without NFL Films, not only would fans not experience the present game with the same intensity, but a lot of the history of the game may have been lost. For Packers fans who, more than any other fans, revere the history of the NFL, Ed Sabol’s contribution was a lasting and endearing one.
Thank you Ed, for your passion to preserve and present the game of football in all its glory…and all its guts as well. Your 2011 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ensures that you will never be forgotten and today, Packernation remembers you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Ed, you proved that being a Pro Football Hall of Famer is not just about how you play the game, it is about how you love the game of football. You will be missed.
Ed Sabol, dead at 98. R.I.P