Dick Harmon: Granite High grad, NFL Films producer Kevin Bushman believes faith works

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 15 2012 3:36 p.m. MDT

As the only member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints onboard, Bushman says everyone is aware of it and he's put under a microscope in all he does. Staffers are also aware he graduated from BYU and they're constantly asking him about the Cougars, especially when BYU defeated Oklahoma in the grand opening of Jerry's House in Dallas.

When he came to Mount Laurel as an intern, he found himself in the same LDS ward as Ty Detmer and Chad Lewis, former BYU football players. His LDS bishop was Vai Sikahema, whom he ended up living with for a few months after he married.

And that's another thing. While in Mount Laurel, he met Rhonda, who is from Michigan but just happened to be working as a nanny in the area. Both had attended Ricks College at the same time, both had been in Provo the same general time, but it took this leap of faith to go work for nothing in New Jersey for his official run-in with his future spouse.

"Things work out for a reason," he said. "I believe that. I really do."

The mantra of NFL Films, founded by Steve Sabol in 1962, is a direct edict and plan of action for those who work and produce the award-winning pieces.

"Deliver the moment," is this mantra, said Bushman. "That's what they drill into to us, to always deliver the moment. We are like Hollywood in that we tell stories but unlike Hollywood, we can't change the script because what we do is real life and we don't know the ending. We have to be able to deliver the moment of a game, a championship, a personality — and that's the key to what we do."

The founder of NFL Films, Ed Sabol, was a World War II veteran who sold topcoats and had a hobby of carrying a motion picture camera he received as a wedding gift everywhere he went. He began taking sports shots at high school games in which his son Steve played. He later began Blair Motion Picture Studios and won the bid to film the 1962 NFL championship for $4,000.

Sabol's work impressed NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle so much, he proposed to NFL owners they hire Sabol's studio, a suggestion they rejected. The following year, they reversed their decision and gave him $20,000 seed money to rename his company NFL Films.

There's a common element to all this.

Live your dreams. Take chances on things you believe are worth it.

If you believe, you've won a big chunk of the battle in your heart.

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