Steve Sabol dies: NFL Films president passes away at 69

Sabol, 69, had battled brain cancer for the last 18 months. Photo: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Films President Steve Sabol has died from brain cancer. He was 69.

The NFL said Sabol died Tuesday, 18 months after he was diagnosed with a tumor on the left side of his brain. Sabol started working with his father Ed, NFL Films' founder, in 1964, and their innovations revolutionized sports broadcasting and helped make the NFL the country's most popular sport.

Ed was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. The two received the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Sabol took over as president of NFL Films in 1985 after his father, Ed, began filming games and producing unique highlights for the league in 1964. From there, NFL Films grew to be one of the most influential media companies in sports.

"Steve was an incredible visionary," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told "When you're watching the games this week, it's worth remembering just how much Steve contributed to the way we think, see, and love our game."