For football fans, there’s nothing like sitting in front of a big screen and catching all the action. Over the years, the filming of football has gotten increasingly fascinating and high-tech, thanks to the contribution of Steve Sabol, who died Tuesday at the age of 69, reports FOX Sports.

Steve Sabol’s father, Ed, founded NFL films in the 1960’s, but Steve was considered a pioneer and visionary that made the football what it is today.

Features such as the slow-motion replays and placing microphones on players and coaches to get closer to the action are credited to Steve Sabol.

He combined sports with the art of cinematography, which earned him 35 Emmy awards.

Sabol was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor after a seizure in March of 2011. He will not only be missed by his family, but by the entire NFL community.