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Encyclopedia > Ken Stabler
Ken Stabler
Date of birth December 25, 1945 (1945-12-25) (age 61)
Place of birth Flag of United States Foley, Alabama
Position(s) Quarterback
College Alabama
Career Highlights
Pro Bowls 4
Awards 1976 Bert Bell Award
Honors NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
1970-1979
1980-1981
1982-1984
Oakland Raiders
Houston Oilers
New Orleans Saints

Kenny "The Snake" Stabler (born December 25, 1945) is a former National Football League quarterback who played quarterback at the University of Alabama and for the Oakland Raiders (1970-1979); and for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints (1980-1984). He is left-handed, and at the time of his pro career left-handed quarterbacks were looked on as being unsuitable for professional football, with a variety of semi-credible excuses being given for this view. One such was that the spin on passes would be the reverse of "normal", resulting in problems for receivers. December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 6 days remaining in the year. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A Foley water tower Foley is a city located in Baldwin County, Alabama. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... The Bert Bell Award for the Professional American football Player of the Year is presented by the Maxwell Football Club. ... This is a list of all NFL players who have had outstanding performances throughout the 1970s and have been compiled onto this fantasy group. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present... December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 6 days remaining in the year. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present...

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Nickname, high school and college career

Born on December 25, 1945 in Foley, Alabama, USA, Stabler became a highly touted football player in high school, earning the nickname "The Snake" from his coach after a long, winding touchdown run. December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 6 days remaining in the year. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... A Foley water tower Foley is a city located in Baldwin County, Alabama. ...


He was recruited by Alabama's Paul "Bear" Bryant and joined the team in 1964. At the time, freshman were ineligible, and were not allowed to play in accordance with NCAA regulations, so Stabler did not participate in the 1964 season. As Stabler sat out the 1964 season, he watched his Crimson Tide with its second national championship under Bryant. In 1965, with Joe Namath having graduated and Stabler becoming eligible to participate, he split time with Steve Sloan at quarterback, and combined they led Alabama to a national championship with a thrilling 39-28 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl. In 1966, as a junior, Stabler took over the starting job full-time, and led Alabama to a perfect 11-0 season, capped by a blowout of Nebraska, this time in the Sugar Bowl. The Tide, coming off of back-to-back national championships, and having went undefeated in 1966, was nevertheless snubbed at the polls, finishing third in the nation behind Notre Dame and Michigan State. In 1967, expectations were high for the team as Stabler was finally a senior, but it turned into a lackluster year. The offense, with Stabler at the helm, struggled at times, and the defense's performance slipped too. Alabama finished 8-2-1, it's worst season since Stabler was a freshman in high school, 1960. The 1967 season, however, is particularly memorable for Stabler, with his game-winning touchdown run against rival Auburn. Trailing 3-0 in a game that was mired by a horrendous rain, Stabler scampered around right end for a 47-yard touchdown run, giving the Tide a 7-3 victory over hated rival Auburn. This run has been dubbed, "The Run in the Mud" in Alabama football lore, and has been captured twice in the paintings of famed sports artist Daniel Moore. Paul William Bear Bryant (September 11, 1913–January 26, 1983) was an American college football coach. ... Joseph William Joe Willie Namath (born May 31, 1943), also known as Broadway Joe, was an American football Hall of Fame quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. ... Steve Sloan was the head football coach at Duke University from 1983 to 1986. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Orange Bowl is an annual college football game that is usually played on January 1 in the Miami, Florida metro area, in the United States. ... This article is about the American football game. ...


All told, Stabler finished his career with the Crimson Tide in 1967, having compiled a 28-3-2 record as a starter.


NFL career

He was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft in 1968. Stabler first made his mark in the NFL in a 1972 playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After entering the game in relief of Daryle Lamonica, he scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a 30-yard scramble. The Steelers, however, came back to win on a controversial, deflected pass from Terry Bradshaw to Franco Harris, known in football lore as The Immaculate Reception. The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Daryle Lamonica (born July 17, 1941 in Fresno, California) was a college and professional American football quarterback who played in the American Football League, and later in the National Football League. ... Franco Harris (born March 7, 1950) was an American football player. ... The Immaculate Reception is the nickname given to one of the most famous single plays in the history of professional American football. ...


After suffering severe knee injuries, Stabler became less a scrambling quarterback and more a classic, drop-back passer, known for deadly-accurate passes in the 10-to-20 yard range and an uncanny ability to lead late, come-from-behind drives. During the peak of his career he had an impressive receiving corps consisting of sprinter Cliff Branch, sure-handed possession receiver Fred Biletnikoff, and Hall-of-Fame tight end Dave Casper. As a starter in Oakland, Stabler was named AFC player of the year in 1974 and 1976, and was the NFL's passing champion in 1976. In January 1977 he guided the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, after a narrow playoff victory over the New England Patriots in which he scored the winning touchdown on a quarterback keeper. In the 1977 AFC Playoffs against the Baltimore Colts he threw a crucial 4th quarter pass to Dave Casper that set up a game tying field goal that sent into overtime in which the Raiders eventually won; the 4th quarter pass was dubbed the Ghost to the Post. Cliff Branch was a speedy wide receiver for the Oakland/LA Raiders. ... Frederick S. Biletnikoff (born February 23, 1943 in Erie, Pennsylvania) is a retired American football player. ... David John Casper (born February 2, 1952, Bemidji, Minnesota) played at the University of Notre Dame, earning him All-American in 1972 and 1973. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... David John Casper (born February 2, 1952, Bemidji, Minnesota) played at the University of Notre Dame, earning him All-American in 1972 and 1973. ... Ghost to the Post is a significant play in NFL history. ...


In 1980 he was traded to the Houston Oilers for Dan Pastorini, whom Raiders' owner Al Davis regarded as a more effective deep passer. The Oilers in turn saw Stabler as the missing ingredient that could finally get them past the Steelers and into the Super Bowl. Pastorini lost the starting job in Oakland to Jim Plunkett after an injury, and Plunkett then led the Raiders over Stabler and the Oilers in the playoffs. Stabler played one more season with Houston and then finished his NFL career with a three-year stint with the New Orleans Saints. City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... Dante Dan Pastorini (born 1949 - ) was a quarterback who played for 12 seasons from 1971-1981, and 1983. ... Allen Al Davis (born July 4, 1929 in Brockton, Massachusetts) is an American football executive, who currently serves as the president and managing general partner of the NFLs Oakland Raiders. ... Jim Plunkett on the February 15, 1971 cover of Sports Illustrated James W. Jim Plunkett (born December 5, 1947 in San Jose, California) is a retired American football player. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present...


He currently provides color commentary alongside Eli Gold for broadcasts of Alabama football. Eli Gold (born 1953) is a sportscaster, best known as the radio voice (since 1988) of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team along side former Alabama and NFL quarterback Ken Stabler as a part of the Crimson Tide Sports Network, and as host (since 1982) of NASCAR Live...


On September 1, 2006, The U.S. federal government sued Stabler, seeking more than $500,000 US in overdue taxes and proposing foreclosure on property he owns in Mobile and Baldwin counties.[citation needed] September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Trivia

  • Stabler is an unlockable character in the first NFL Street.
  • Ken Stabler was born on Christmas Day.
  • Ken Stabler was featured on an SNL skit as the spokesman for a fictional product called the Lung Brush.
  • Ken Stabler often forgot the plays at the line of scrimmage while leading by a large margin.

NFL Street is a series of sports video games developed by EA Tiburon and published by Electronic Arts. ... Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus, at the first Christmas Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on December 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... SNL could mean: Saturday Night Live Scots National League This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

See also

The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame honors sports figures who have made a significant impact in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... The Mobile Sports Hall of Fame honors sports figures who have made a significant impact in the Mobile Area. ...

External links

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Ken Stabler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (603 words)
Kenny "The Snake" Stabler (born December 25, 1945) is a former National Football League quarterback who played quarterback at the University of Alabama and for the Oakland Raiders (1970-1979); and for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints (1980-1984).
Stabler first made his mark in the NFL in a 1972 playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As a starter in Oakland, Stabler was named AFC player of the year in 1974 and 1976, and was the NFL's passing champion in 1976.
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