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":
Steve Sabol, the president of NFL Films, died today following an 18-month battle with brain cancer. He was 69. Sabol took over NFL Films from his father, Ed, who founded the company in 1962, and he won over 40 Emmys. Sabol will likely be remembered for his company's many sports broadcasting innovations, including…