” Lombardi, a certain magic still lingers in the very name. It speaks of duels in the snow and November mud… He remains for many the heart of pro football, pumping hard right now. “


” To me, football is very personal. Even as a kid, I looked at football in dramaturgical terms. It wasn’t the score that interested me, it was the struggle. “


” When we started in the early ’60s, football had a little bit of a tradition. But, they didn’t have a mythology. And NFL Films, through our music and our scripts and our photography, created a mythology for the sport. “


” Football is such a great game, but football players are so dull. “


” The only other human endeavor on which there’s more 16-millimeter film than pro football is World War II, and we’re going to pass that in 2013. “


” I’ve always been fascinated by Picasso and how he would look at a single image through multiple perspectives and from separate moments in time. He would look at a woman’s face and he would see almost a three-dimensional look even though it was a flat canvas. I thought, well why couldn’t we do the same thing with a football play? “


” We would get 20 different angles and then cut them all together. That’s what I called it at the time – the ‘cubistic’ treatment of shooting football. It was the same thing Picasso did except we did it with a football play. It’s taking a single image and looking at it from multiple perspectives. “


” I remember when we were making ‘They Call It Pro Football,’ which was our ‘Citizen Kane.’ The first line is ‘It starts with a whistle and ends with a gun. “


” Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It’s part ballet. It’s part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage. “



All 9 Steve Sabol Quotes about Football in picture


Lombardi, a certain magic still lingers in the very name. It speaks of duels in the snow and November mud... He remains for many the heart of pro football, pumping hard right now.
To me, football is very personal. Even as a kid, I looked at football in dramaturgical terms. It wasn
When we started in the early
Football is such a great game, but football players are so dull.
The only other human endeavor on which there
I
We would get 20 different angles and then cut them all together. That
I remember when we were making
Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It

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