Sharp-eyed viewers of last Monday's game might have noticed that coach Mike McCarthy was wearing an unusual pin on his team-issued jacket.
Steve Sabol, who passed away last week. As a co-founder (with his father) of NFL Films, Sabol had a profound impact on the way the game has developed in the last half-century. It seems to me inarguable that professional football wouldn't be the colossus it is without his highlight films bringing us all the action in slow-motion over an orchestral score.
At the risk of seeming a contrarian, I also wonder if Sabol's influence wasn't entirely benign; those same highlight films glamorized and glorified the hard-hitting style of football now causing the NFL so much trouble in court at the moment. He went a long way to giving so many in the press and at the League the (mistaken) impression that it was those hits football fans crave. But that's a conversation for another day, and shouldn't diminish his other accomplishments as he remember him.
The memorial logo was worn last weekend by all NFL Films personnel.