A replay of “Ed Sabol: King of Football Movies,” about the 94-year-old creator of NFL Films that originally aired Monday, will be shown again Saturday at 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., before and after the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony on the NFL Network (4 p.m., following a three-hour “Total Access” preview show).
Profiles as well of inductees Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders, two NFL Network analysts, will also reair. The Faulk special, “Rush to Canton,” is Saturday at 9 p.m.; Sanders’ “Canton Goes Primetime” will go Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1 a.m.
Another inductee, Shannon Sharpe, the CBS studio NFL analyst who will be pesented by NFL Network analyst and his brother Sterling Sharpe, has a doc on him called “Jounrey to Canton” that reairs at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The Sabol special, which we’ve alluded to in previous blog postings, really spells out how NFL Films all came to being, and some of its memorable moments leading to Ed Sabol’s induction as the 19th “contributor” to the NFL.
Such as :
== Ed Sabol’s hobby with a 16mm camera was to shoot the football practice of son Steve’s Haverford School in Haverford, Penn., in the late 1950s. After starting his own small movie company, he bid on the 1962 Bears-Packers NFL “World Championship Football” game. “Being the visionary he was, it was easy for him to make the leap from filming a little boy’s football game to the National Football League,” said Steve Sabol.
== From Phil Tuckett, an NFL Films producer and cinematorgrapher from 1969 to 2006: “He was like the original film mogels. The vision made them great. And that’s what Big Ed brought to it. He cared about the romance and the adventure. That’s what the style of NFL Films became.”
== The John Facenda-narrated “They Call It Pro Football” in 1967 was “the ‘Citizen Kane’ of sports films at the time,” Steve Sabol said. “(Commissioner Pete) Rozelle told us that if the NFL was to succeed and flourish, it would have to do so on television. And in order to succeed on television, it would need a certain image, a mystique. ‘And the film I saw yesterday — that’s the way we want to market the league.’”