DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 5: Steve Sabol of NFL Films speaks on behalf of his father Ed after he was named into the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame class during an announcement at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 5 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
NFL Films president Steve Sabol passed away on Tuesday.
NFL Films president Steve Sabol passed away on Tuesday from brain cancer at the age of 69. Sabol had been battling the disease for close to 18 months after learning that he had an inoperable brain tumor in March of 2011.
Sabol took over NFL Films from his father, Ed Sabol who was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Aug. of 2011. Steve was the on to introduce him. During his time at NFL Films, Sabol won over 40 Emmy Awards and saw NFL Films as a whole win well over 100. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, NFL FIlms is located just outside of the city in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released this statement following his passing:
Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "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."
Click here to view a tribute video produced by NFL.com.