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September 18, 2012

On behalf of The DeSean Jackson Foundation, DeSean Jackson Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer; and, the Jackson Family, I extend our sincere condolences to the Family, friends and fans of NFL Films President, Steve Sabol.  Mr. Sabol’s vision, creativity and passion for the NFL and the professional athletes who are blessed to play in the league have been instrumental in enhancing, promoting and documenting the NFL history and individual player’s careers; developing & empowering legends; and, engaging professional NFL players, their opininons and interests both on and off the field.  I am truly grateful to Mr. Sabol.   – DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

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Sep 18, 2012

NFL Films President Steve Sabol succumbs to cancer

By Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY  (Reprinted from USA TODAY, with permission)
2012-09-18 10:52 PM

NFL Films President Steve Sabol died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.
Kirby Lee, US Presswire

NFL Films President Steve Sabol died Tuesday after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. He was 69.

“Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Steve’s passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. … He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.”

NFL Films began in 1962, when Sabol’s father, Ed, won film rights to the league’s championship game, which Steve worked as a cameraman.

Sabol is survived by his wife, Penny; his son, Casey; his parents, Audrey and Ed (who is 96); and his sister, Blair.

Under Steve Sabol, NFL Films pioneered video techniques such as super slow-motion, wireless microphones on players and dramatic music added to replay highlights.

His father was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year.

“My dad has a great expression,” Sabol said when his father’s induction was announced. ” ‘Tell me a fact, and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth, and I’ll believe. But tell me a story, and it will live in my heart forever.’ And now my dad’s story will be in Canton, and hopefully that will live forever, too.”

Father and son received the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2003. According to the NFL, Steve Sabol won more than 40 Emmy Awards and oversaw 107 Emmys for NFL Films.

The family requested donations be sent to the Jefferson Foundation for Brain Tumor Research, c/o Lindsey Walker, 925 Chestnut St., Suite 110, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107.