NFL Films President Steve Sabol (1942-2012): 5 Top Ways He Was An Innovator, Visionary, Storyteller
Oh, also, Rex Ryan...
1. Annual team highlight videos
NFL Films would famously produce a highlight film for each team after every season, regardless of how great or poorly the team did. The videos were best known for glossing over or out and out ignoring any negative events that the team experienced during the season. So miraculously, in their Sabol-produced video, the Texans actually went 2-0 in 2005. Come to think of it, of all the noteworthy accomplishments belonging to Steve Sabol, his greatest feat may have been squeezing 30 minutes of highlights out of that Texans team. Incredible.
So, NFL fan, you may not know it, but a big piece of your football-watching soul passed away today. The grandparent who, perhaps unbeknownst to you, was the one telling you your football bedtime stories is no longer with us. We leave you now with The Autumn Wind, the unofficial anthem of the Oakland Raiders, written by Steve Sabol and blending everything that makes NFL Films great -- heroes, villains, football, heart-pumping music and the voice of John Facenda.
Rest in peace, Steve Sabol.
The Autumn wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
His face is weatherbeaten
He wears a hooded sash
With a silver hat about his head
And a bristling black mustache
He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold.
The Autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
He'll knock you 'round and upside down
And laugh when he's conquered and won.
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