NFL Films a pleasure to work with

By Steve Stout -

It was a pleasure having an NFL Films crew at my house earlier this week.

The interview I did with them lasted about three hours, but the time seemed to fly by.

NFL Films is currently working on “A Football Life” documentary about Paul Brown and an “NFL Films Presents” episode on Weeb Ewbank.

Both are scheduled to air this fall on the NFL Network.

As co-founders of Miami University’s Cradle of Coaches Archive, Judge Nick Selvaggio and I were asked to take part in the projects.

Selvaggio was interviewed at the Cradle of Coaches Archive on Wednesday.

Brown and Ewbank – each members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – were both graduates of Miami and were football teammates there for a season.

In fact, Brown succeeded Ewbank as Miami’s quarterback.

NFL Films producer Paul Camarata has been great to work with and his crew members were consummate professionals.


Like a lot of pro football fans, I grew up watching NFL Films, an entity which was created by Ed Sabol and his son, Steve, over 50 years ago.

More than just highlight shows, NFL Films’ well-crafted productions made the game seem more like theater than sport.

Original narrator John Facenda, to me, will always be the voice of the NFL.


Chris Willis, head of the research library at NFL Films since 1996, is a graduate of Urbana University and played football for the Blue Knights from 1990-93.

Before landing at NFL Films, the Columbus native worked for a year at the Ohio Historical Society.

Willis has written several books on football history and in 2002, he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the HBO documentary “The Game of Their Lives: Pro Football in the 1950’s.”

For more information on Willis’ books, go to


Trivia Time – Former Cincinnati Bengals’ safety David Fulcher played college football at Arizona State.

This week’s question – What was NFL Films originally called in 1962?

By Steve Stout

Steve Stout can be reached at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout

Steve Stout can be reached at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout