STEVE SABOL took everything seriously except himself. He was a character, but not a buffoon. He was colorful, but respectful.
Sabol was magna cum laude at the Haverford School when his life took an odd turn. He was rejected by Harvard and went to tiny Colorado College, where his zest for life flourished.
In a 1982 interview with Daily News columnist Tom Cushman, Sabol talked about some of the pranks he was able to pull. Usually, he was his own target. Remember, this was the early 1960s, so some of this stuff wouldn't fly today.
Sabol was a fullback languishing on the bench when he had the idea to change his hometown from Haverford to Coal Town, Pa. "They'd never had a player from one of the tough Pennsylvania towns," he reasoned. "Once [the coaches] noticed, I moved up two notches on the depth chart."