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Damn, saddened by the news of Ken Stabler's death from "complications associated with colon cancer." I guess that means the treatments are what actually did him in. Best known for his years playing quarterback for the Oakland Raiders under legendary coach John Madden, he was 69 years old.
Gone too soon.
Stabler, an all-American in college at Alabama who was nicknamed "The Snake" in high school for his elusive style of play, was one of the great characters in the NFL, on a Raiders team full of characters, like Ted Hendricks, John Matuszak, Lester Hayes, Dave Casper, Jack Tatum, Gene Upshaw, Phil Villapiano, and who can forget the great wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff. What a team that was, winning Super Bowl XI in 1977.
Always known for his coolness in pressure situations, one of my favorite Stabler stories was the time during an overtime game when a charged-up Madden called his quarterback to the sidelines to talk strategy. With the game on the line and the crowd going wild, Stabler looks up into the stands and says, "These folks are sure gettin' their money's worth, ain't they, coach?"
He was one of the best, and certainly one of the most colorful quarterbacks during one of the NFL's greatest eras. Remember these names?
So long, Snake ...
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