“The most storied plays and games in Raiders history all had a common starting point: a slithering quarterback who liked to strike late in close games. Ken ‘The Snake’ Stabler, who led the Raiders to a Super Bowl title in 1977, died Wednesday, members of his family said Thursday. Mr. Stabler, who was 69, had been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in February.”
So reports Vic Tafur in the San Francisco Chronicle. He added, “Teammates and fans were devastated by the news.”
Legendary Raiders coach John Madden, on the Raiders website, wrote, “I’ve often said, if I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had a quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny. Snake was a lot cooler than I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders you think about Ken Stabler. Kenny loved life. It is a sad day for all Raiders.”
Stabler was named AFC player of the year in 1974 and 1976, and he led the NFL in passing in 1976.
To read the Stabler family’s statement on his passing, and to see a reel of Stabler highlights, please click here.