Former Oakland Raiders and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Ken “The Snake” Stabler has passed away. Stabler was 69 years old and had been suffering from Stage 4 colon cancer.
Stabler’s family announced his passing on his personal Facebook page in a heartwarming post.
Stabler played for Hall of Famer and legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant at Alabama, accumulating a record of 28-3-2 as a starter for the Crimson Tide. In 1966, he led the team to an undefeated season and an SEC title, but the polls snubbed Alabama and ranked the team third. Instead, Stabler and his teammates competed in the Sugar Bowl and defeated Nebraska.
Stabler was later picked by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 1968 NFL Draft and went on to represent the team in four Pro Bowls over ten seasons. Most notably, his scrambling style electrified fans and played a key role in the team winning Super Bowl XI. Stabler also led the league in touchdown passes twice and spent two seasons apiece with the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints before retiring in 1984. He finished his career with 27,938 passing yards and 194 touchdowns.
Campus Sports offers its sincerest condolences to the Stabler family.
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