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The football world says goodbye to a legend of the sport on Tuesday. Steve Sabol, President of NFL Films, has died just weeks away from 70th birthday after an 18 month battle with brain cancer.

Sabol took over the mantle of NFL Films President in 1985 from his father Ed, who founded the company. Steve learned in March of 2011 that he had a brain tumor that can't be removed. He introduced his father during Ed's emotional enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August of 2011. Sabol is survived by his wife, Penny, his son Casey, his parents Audrey and Ed, and his sister Blair.

"Steve was the creative genius behind NFL Films' remarkable work," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday in an email to NFL personnel. "Steve's passion for football was matched only by his talent and energy. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we looked at football and sports, and a great friend. His legacy is assured.
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That's terrible, I didn't even know he was sick. I'm a huge nfl films fan, he certainly made a major contribution to the sport. RIP
 

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Very, very sad. Unfortunate that he won't be around when he gets inducted into the Hall of Fame one day. At least he was able to be with his father last year when he finally got in. The NFL wouldn't be the same without all their work and creativity. It's not a stretch to say that he was one of the most influential people in the NFL over the past half century.
 

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Not only in the NFL, but in sports television in general... NFL Films style and their pervasive presence giving you basically every angle of a game really changed how people experience sports on television on what we expect in terms of access.
 

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Without NFL Films the NFL isn't what it is today. Also like Dornado said it really helped sports as a whole and the coverage given to it. Which makes it such a shame how NFL has disrespected NFL films in the past decade or so.

Also it irks me to no end that they made Ed Sabol wait so long. Both Sabols should have been in the Hall of Fame years ago.
 

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What a legacy. NFL Films has completely changed the way we look at sports. His company made Hard Knocks, which led Showtime's 'The Association', which is likely to lead to something better. Incredible work.
 
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