Known for his playmaking abilities, Ken “The Snake” Stabler was an NFL quarterback who played seventeen seasons with the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Oilers. He was named the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1974 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Stabler earned the nickname “The Snake” during his high school years in Alabama. He led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated 11-0 season in 1966. He was a two-sport athlete and was known for his all-around talents. In addition to football, Stabler excelled in baseball and basketball. He had minor league contracts with the Houston Astros and New York Yankees. He stayed in the minor leagues for seven years before his first professional football contract with the Raiders.
Stabler was a member of the Raiders’ highly potent offence in the 1970s. He was a member of the team that won the Super Bowl XI in 1977. In the game, the Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings by 32-14. He was also a member of the team that won the NFL Championship in 1979. He also had two seasons in the Continental Football League with the Spokane Shockers.
Stabler was also named the NFL’s passing leader in 1976. He completed 163 passes for 1,997 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was also named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He was also invited to the Pro Bowl.
Stabler retired from the NFL in 1984. He had a very successful NFL career, including two Super Bowl wins and was named the NFL’s most valuable player in 1974. He was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team. He was also a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He died of colon cancer on July 8, 2015 at the age of 69.
Stabler was born on Christmas Day, 1945 in Foley, Alabama. He was married three times. He was married to Isabel Clarke from 1968 to 1973 and to Rose Molly Burch from 1984 to 2002. He had three daughters. During the last two decades of his career, Stabler worked as a color commentator for CBS and was involved in various other business ventures. He also founded the XOXO Stabler Foundation.
Stabler played for the Oakland Raiders from 1968 to 1979. He was traded to the Houston Oilers in 1980. He was traded again to the New Orleans Saints in 1982. He briefly teamed up with Archie Manning in 1982. He was then traded to the Houston Oilers again in 1984. Stabler’s career with the Oilers was short lived. He was not able to make the playoffs in two seasons.
Stabler was also an actor. He acted in the movie “Fame” in 2006. He was also a radio announcer for University of Alabama games in the 1990s. He died of colon cancer on July 8, 2015.
Ken Stabler’s career earned him many accolades, including being named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974. He also led the Raiders to the Super Bowl XI in 1977.