Originally published in the Sept. 1996 issue of Philadelphia Magazine, and reprinted here with the author's permission.
Today gives the start of the NFL season. What better place to start than Rich Cohen's excellent portrait of Ed and Steve Sabol? The league as we know it is hard to imagine without them. Published last October in the Atlantic, here's "They Taught America How to Watch Football":
Tonight, Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Good for them.