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"He's a legend, what he brought to the table, what he brought to the game. Still to this day, NFL Films plays a major role in shaping our thought process of the game of football, and allowing you to get a closer glimpse of each player and team, coaches." - Deion Sanders on Ed Sabol
"My dad has a great expression. He always says, 'Tell me a fact and I'll learn, tell me the truth and I believe, but tell me a story, and it will live in my heart forever.' Interestingly enough now, my dad's story is going to be in Canton and hopefully that will live forever, too." - Steve Sabol
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Ed Sabol has never played in an NFL game but he has everything to do with the current success the league enjoys. He founded Blair Motion Pictures in 1962 (it would become NFL Films in 1964). He went on to win 91 Emmy's and NFL Films is still the gold standard when it comes football and film-making.
"I've dreamt the impossible dream and I'm living it right now," Sabol said Saturday night. "This honor tonight really goes to NFL Films. I just happen to be accepting all the accolades. … I just want to say one thing: I've been very, very happy to have been your boss for all these years. You're a great bunch of people, dedicated, hard-working and loyal, and the reason I'm sitting up here."
After Sabol ended his speech, NFL Network's Rich Eisen summed it up best: "How awesome was that?"
According to NFL.com, Sabol first put a microphone on a player and coach during a game in 1965. The most famous was putting a microphone on Chiefs coach Hank Stram in Super Bowl IV, where the Hall of Fame coach could be heard telling his team to "Just keep matriculatin' the ball down the field, boys."
Sabol, 94, remains one of the most revered figures in the league. During Friday's enshrinement dinner, the Canton Repository reports that, "When Sabol — the man whose creation, NFL Films, helped skyrocket pro football into the popularity stratosphere — struggled to get to his feet when introduced, the discomfort showing on his face. Helped by his son and presenter, Steve, in his own battle against brain tumors, the elder Sabol eventually stood, drawing a loud ovation from the thousands in the Civic Center."
Son Steve presented his father for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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