RIP Steve Sabol: The Top 7 NFL Films “Moments”


“Moments is in quotations because there aren’t moments with NFL Films. They don’t deal in moments. They roll out Oscar-worthy short film one after the other, and they are somehow strung together in our minds. Each one – whether it’s The Autumn Wind or The Power and the Glory – forms with the next and the next and the next to become an ongoing cinematic experience that is nearly impossible to put into words (which is why this first paragraph is so airy and terrible and inflated).

You know how some things just make newborn babies shut up and stop crying, and for whatever reason they can cut themselves off in the middle of a tantrum, and their eyes and (we’ll assume) their heart are just transfixed on the TV screen, or the dog, or another kid, or whatever it is that their microscopic brains can stand?

That’s what NFL Films is like for its millions of fans. We don’t know what it is, but their productions make us late for class – be it high school, or college, or our 56-year-old victory lap at a community college. Their sounds are addicting. Intoxicating, really.

They were viral before VIRAL was a thing.

Here are the Top 7 “Moments” from the anals (hahah, anals!) of NFL Films’ portfolio, in honour of the late Steve Sabol, and in no particular order.

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The Autumn Wind is a Raider



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“Cursing”



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John Facenda



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… Philadelphia



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The Power and the Glory

(*NOTE: Some Deutsch bag took the NFL Films’ audio of “Power and the Glory” and edited it to his own selected images. To his (or her?) credit, he/she did a good job.)



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America’s Game



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