Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NFL Films made Hank Stram a star

Of all the great things co-NFL Films founder Steve Sabol did for the NFL, one of the best was putting microphones on coaches during games.

It humanized the coaches and brought viewers closer to the sidelines. The results were great, and it started with Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram.

Stram was an underrated coach, leading the Dallas Texans of the American Football League to the 1962 title. A few years later, he and the Chiefs lost the first Super Bowl to the Packers. In 1969, he guided the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl and were underdogs to the Vikings, but won, 23-7.

Sabol asked Stram to wear a microphone during the game, but balked at first. Later, he agreed, and the video from Super Bowl IV continues to live in NFL Films lore.

For anyone who's watched the footage, it comes down to this play: 65 Toss Power Trap.

Click here to watch highlights of Stram in Super Bowl IV.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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