Football Quarterback Kenny Stabler Dies

Sherrill Fulghum By Sherrill Fulghum, 10th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Obituary for football quarterback and Super Bowl winner Kenny Stabler.

Ken Stabler

Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winning quarterback Kenny Stabler died July 8 as a result of colon cancer at the age of 69. Stabler had been diagnosed with stage four of the disease in February.

According to his family, Stabler died peacefully surrounded by family while his favourite music played.

In a statement Alabama head coach Nick Saban called Stabler, “one of the greatest competitors to ever play the game.”

Upon his death, Stabler asked that his brain and spinal cord be donated to the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center at Boston University to aid in the study of degenerative brain disease in athletes.

Stabler is one of only a handful of football stars who led his team to a national collegiate football title and be a part of the Super Bowl winning team.

The Alabama native played college football at the University of Alabama for Coach “Bear” Bryant before being drafted by the Oakland Raiders. He also played for the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) and the New Orleans Saints. It was as a member of the Raiders that Stabler won his Super Bowl ring.

As a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Stabler earned the nickname of “The Snake” because of his ability to scramble and avoid being sacked.

Stabler began his collegiate football career as the backup quarterback to “Broadway” Joe Willie Namath. But when Stabler took over the quarterbacking duties in 1966, he led the team to an 11-0 season and the National Championship title.

After being drafter by the Oakland Raiders back in 1968, Stabler again found himself as the backup quarterback; this time to Daryle Lamonica and George Blanda. It would be five years – 1973 – before Stabler would once again lead the team. It was also the first of his four trips to the Pro Bowl. Stabler was also named the Most Valuable Player in 1974. As a member of the Raiders, Stabler holds the all time passing record with 19,078 yards. During the course of his professional football career, Stabler has thrown 194 touchdown passes and has a total of 27,938 yards.

On January 10, 1977 Head Coach John Madden, Ken Stabler and the Oakland Raiders played against the Fran Tarkenton and the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. In a final score of 32-14, the Raiders played before the largest television audience ever – 81 million people. On their way to defeating the Viking for the title, the Raiders had a record breaking 429 yeads of offense. Catching four key passes from Stabler, Fred Biletnikoff earned the MVP that day.

But Stabler's career came to an end in 1984 due to bad knees. But along the way, he became a part of NFL history with plays like “the Holy Roller” - a forward fumble for a touchdown that was the catalyst for a rule change and “threading the needle” for Clarence Davis to catch a ball in the end zone surrounded by Miami Dolphin defenders to score the game winning touchdown.

The left handed passer has made the list of finalists for the NFL Hall of Fame three times, but so far has failed to be inducted into the Hall.

He was born Kenneth Michael Stabler on December 2, 1945 n Foley, Alabama (north of Gulf Shores between Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL). While in high school, Stabler was a three sport player – football, basketball, and baseball. He set a number of records that have yet to be broken. Before going to Alabama, Stabler was offered a contract by the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros.

After leaving football, Stable made a couple of acting appearances in “The Indian Runner” and “The Legend of Grizzly Adams”.

Married and divorced three times, Stable is survived by his three daughters – Kendra, Alexa, and Marissa; grandchildren – Jack and Justin; and long time partner.


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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
10th Jul 2015 (#)

This was a wonderfully written obituary. I thought it was the New York Times.

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author avatar Sherrill Fulghum
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you very much. I try to be as positive as I can and not sling dirt and gossip.

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
11th Jul 2015 (#)

Kenny was one of the colorful quarterbacks in the National Football League during his time with the Oakland Raiders. I remember seeing the Raiders football games on the A F R T S television stations on Sunday in Panama.

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