“Steve was a legend in this business – a dynamic, innovative leader who made NFL Films the creative force it is today. The work he and his dedicated and talented team create every day is one of the many reasons why so many more fans love the game of football today. On behalf of everyone at ESPN, I offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Penny, and the rest of the Sabol family.”
– ESPN President John Skipper
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend Steve Sabol. Every time I saw him, he brought a quick smile to my face. He was happy everyday on the job for a simple reason – Steve was a man who loved pro football and loved making movies about it. He and NFL Films have long been unparalleled in their craft and for that reason millions of us will forever owe Steve a huge thank you.”
– ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman, who first worked with Sabol in the mid-1980s
“Steve had amazing passion for the game of football and everything he did at NFL Films reflected positively on the coaches, players and administrators of the National Football League. For the last 22 years, Steve has been a great inspiration to me and was instrumental in my development as an NFL analyst. I will never forget how positively he impacted every person he came in contact with, not just in the football world. You would be hard pressed to find a single person that would have a negative word about Steve.”
– ESPN NFL analyst and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, who has had an office at the NFL Films headquarters for many years
“The NFL lost one of its most influential figures and the world lost a great man.”
– ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on his Twitter feed
ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt discussed Sabol’s impact and legacy on ESPN Radio’s The Scott Van Pelt Show this afternoon.
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