Ed Sabol was a hero of mine — on many levels. He was a solopreneur, an artist, a football fan. He helped make the NFL what it is today. Sabol passed away Monday, February 9, at age 98. Below is a post I wrote about Sabol in 2011. At the end of the post is a documentary about his life. RIP.
As a sports-crazy boy growing up in America in the late 1960s and early 1970s, my daydreams looked like an NFL Films movie — my heroic deeds on the gridiron were in slow motion, with a soaring orchestral score, and the Voice of God (John Facenda) narrating.
Eight years before I saw my first NFL Films movie, the man responsible for those images, Ed Sabol, was a struggling solopreneur looking for a break.