Tag:NFL Films
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:32 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 9:33 am

'A Football Life: Bill Belichick' mikes Hoodie up

Posted by Will Brinson

If you had to pick one coach to get miked up for an entire season to produce a two-part NFL Films documentary, it would, quite obviously, be Bill Belichick, right?

Ha, exactly. Of course it wouldn't. But it is -- Belichick, in a commercial that aired during Monday night's Jets-Giants game on NFL Network, is shown like he's never been seen before, as NFL Films followed him around for the entire 2009 season, his 35th year in coaching and the Patriots 50th anniversary season.

 "Bill Belichick doesn’t only make history – he studies it; he understands his place in it; and he appreciates our desire to capture it," said NFL Films President Steve Sabol. "Like Vince Lombardi’s Packers in 1967, Belichick and the Patriots gave us access to his football life and what we created is a portrait of the coach, the father, the taskmaster – and most importantly – the man."

I highly recommend that you watch the preview, which you can see over at NFL.com, because it will show you just how freaking awesome this series will end up being. What's odd about the tease is that there's nearly more emotional moments shown in the preview than there are creepy hoodie moments.

And there's probably a good chance that everyone who sees this will have a different viewpoint of Belichick following the series than they did before. In other words, pretty par for the course for the always-excellent NFL Films.

"It is beyond measure what NFL Films has done to promote football, preserve its history and entertain generations of us who love the game," Belichick said. "When the legendary coach of the NFL Films team, Steve Sabol, approached us about capturing our 50th anniversary season in 2009, it was an honor to participate."

It's still really bizarre that, of all people, Belichick agreed to do this. But then again, there's only so much air time that the NFL can give to Rex Ryan.

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Posted on: March 18, 2011 5:16 pm

Steve Sabol undergoing treatment for brain tumor

Posted by Will Brinson

NFL Films President Steve Sabol was recently hospitalized after suffering a seizure while in Kansas City at an awards show. Initially, it appeared that the prognosis was good for Sabol, 68, as he was upgraded to "stable" condition. However, the NFL reported on Friday the news that Sabol is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.

"(Steve) will begin treatments soon," a statement from NFL Films said. "Steve is in good spirits and is deeply appreciative of everyone's good wishes."

Extensive tests following Sabol's hospitalization led to the discovery of the tumor, and Sabol is expected to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment soon.

The news is obviously gut-wrenching, especially as it comes on the heels of a joyous moment for the Sabol family, when Steve's father Ed was named a member of the 2011 NFL Hall of Fame class.

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:18 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 1:29 am

Steve Sabol hospitalized, in stable condition

Posted by Will Brinson

Scary news out of Kansas City: NFL Films president Steve Sabol was hospitalized Monday night, according to the NFL.

Sabol, 68, was in Kansas City at the 101 Awards to accept the Lamar Hunt Award on behalf of NFL Films when, according to NFL.com, he suffered a seizure.

He was "taken to a hospital, underwent a series of tests over the weekend and was awake and alert Monday." There is some slightly good news, however: according to multiple reports, Sabol is now listed in "stable" condition.

Sabol is, for many people in a younger generation of football fans, almost the "voice of football." While he doesn't necessarily announce games, much of the game's history is narrated with his rich, distinctive voice.

His father, Ed, was recently selected for the NFL Hall of Fame and founded NFL Films.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:23 am

Where does NFL draw line on glorifying hits?

Posted by Andy Benoit
D. Butkus (US Presswire)
The NFL was caught in an embarrassing position Wednesday when league officials had to apologize for its photo vendor (Replay Photos) selling shots of the James Harrison and Brandon Meriweather hits that, hours earlier, had resulted in the two players being heavily fined. Obviously, the league cannot glorify and profit from the very violence that it is so vehemently denouncing.
On this note, let’s raise the question of, Where is the line drawn?

Should the NFL affiliate itself with video games that glorify illegal hits? Or, what about old NFL Films clips of guys like Jack Tatum, Mel Blount or Ronnie Lott laying the wood to defenseless receivers? Those hits were not illegal at the time, but that doesn’t mean they were any less violent.

This is not to imply that the league should stop showing video of those old hits; we’re merely opening a dialogue about whether it should. You could argue that not showing those old clips is, in a way, a form of censorship or rewriting history. But you could also argue that it’s hypocritical for the league to glorify what would now be illegal hits with Sam Spence music and slow motion replay on its own DVD or television special.

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