Ken Stabler Dies
A popular Raiders quarterback known for his Super Bowl XI performance has died from colon cancer.
Ken Stabler, a quarterback who rose to fame by leading the Oakland Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI, died at the age of 69 on Wednesday, his family confirmed in a statement Thursday.
Stabler had been battling Stage 4 colon cancer since February, his family said.
“I was head coach of the Raiders the entire time Kenny was there and he led us to a whole bunch of victories including one in Super Bowl XI,” former Raiders coach John Madden said in a statement. “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.”
Ken Stabler’s family says he passed away peacefully listening to ‘Sweet Home Alabama’
The 1974 NFL MVP and a four-time Pro Bowl selection, Stabler earned the nickname “The Snake” for his wild playing style and personality.
R.I.P. to The Snake.