Ed Sabol enters the Hall of Fame
NFL Films founder Ed Sabol is the first of seven men to be
inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
The 94-year-old Sabol will be followed, in order, by Richard
Dent, Chris Hanburger, Shannon Sharpe, Marshall Faulk, the late Les
Richter, and Deion Sanders.
An aspiring filmmaker in 1962, Sabol approached Commissioner
Pete Rozelle offering to double the rights fee for filming the 1962
NFL championship game between the Packers and Giants. Rozelle
accepted the $3,000 and a wildly successful marriage was
NFL Films revolutionized the visuals for football, particularly
with use of slow motion and music.
Sabol retired in 1995, succeeded as NFL Films president by his
son Steve, who introduced his father for induction.