Saddened to Hear about Steve Sabol

March 08, 2011 | Brian Billick

I was saddened to hear Steve Sabol of NFL films had been hospitalized over the weekend.

Sabol was in Kansas City attending the 101 Awards, where he was to accept the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football on behalf of NFL Films, when he became ill.

Steve Sabol has been with NFL Films since 1964, when he began working for his father as a cinematographer. In that time, he has received 27 Emmy Awards for writing, cinematography, editing, directing and producing.  His father, Ed, was recently named to the 2011 Class for the Hall of Fame.  An honor well deserved.

The Sabol’s are the “keeper of the flame”.  The popularity and excitement that has become the NFL is in no small part due to the vision of both Ed and Steve in presenting our game in the most dramatic and artistic way possible.

The wiring of players and coaches that help give fans a closer look at the game, in no small part, are due to the trust the teams, coaches and players have in NFL Films and the Sabol’s.  I would not have agreed to have my team do the first ever “Hard Knocks” that have become so popular, if it were done by anyone else besides Steve.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve in hopes of a quick recovery.