Steve Sabol Dies Of Cancer

[Video] The president of NFL Films passed away Tuesday at 69. We look at what he meant to the NFL and how his films helped bring football to the forefront of American sports.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released this statement in regards to the passing of Sabol:

"Steve's legacy will be part of the NFL forever. 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."

And if you've ever seen an official NFL Film, you know that those words couldn't ring more true. Goodell went on to state that Sabol was a "creative genius" and that his "passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy."

Sabol started working with NFL Films with his father, Ed, in 1964 when they introduced many novel concepts for the day, such as slow-motion replays and inserting microphones onto players and coaches during games. The result was film making history.

Sabol received 35 Emmys for various talents that included writing, cinematography, editing, directing and producing — numbers unmatched by anyone. Ed was even elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year.

Today, we salute you, Steve. Thank you for showing us the beautiful, real and majestic side of professional football through the scope of a lens.

Below is a video USATODAY produced, showcasing the brilliance of Steve and NFL Films.

Josh Helmuth is the editor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JHelmuth or subscribe at