NFL CommunicationsNFL Films President Steve Sabol, for five decades the creative force behind the unique brand of storytelling and cinematography that brought America closer to the game of football, died today at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. “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.”

With John Facenda narrating and Steve Sabol producing, I would have sat there and watched an NFL Films episode of Joe Montana clip his toenails. They could turn absolutely anything into the most dramatic event you ever witnessed.  After every episode I felt like I just got out of battle. Just sports drama at its finest.