Robert Kraft: Steve Sabol was 'a true visionary'

September 18, 2012 - 5:20 pm
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement Tuesday night in the wake of the death of Steve Sabol of NFL Films. '€œToday, the entire National Football League mourns a great loss. It is impossible to measure, or truly comprehend, the impact that Steve Sabol and NFL Films have had in the growth and popularity of the NFL. He was a true visionary. It was Steve and his father, Ed, who first had the idea of recording professional football'€™s greatest moments and blending them with words of poetry and music. Steve was an artist who loved telling stories about the game of football. As a result, he brought generations of fans closer to the game by exposing them to the sights and sounds in a way that no one else ever has. '€œAs chairman of the broadcast committee, I had the opportunity to work closely with Steve over the years. I know a lot of passionate football fans, but I never met anyone who loved the game more purely, or was more passionate about preserving its history, than Steve was. '€œThe films he created and the highlights he captured were amazing. I still get goose bumps every time I watch one of the Patriots'€™ America'€™s Game series. '€œHe spent his life preserving the legacy of the National Football League and its many legends. In doing so, he became a legend in his own right and leaves a legacy that football fans will enjoy for generations to come. '€œOn behalf of my family and the New England Patriots, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Sabol family and all those who are mourning his loss.'€