R.I.P. Former Raiders Quarterback Ken Stabler Dead At 69

- By Bossip Staff

OAKLAND, CA- 1978:  Ken Stabler #12 of the Oakland Raiders is shown in a photo dated 1978 in a game played at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)

Ken Stabler Dies

A popular Raiders quarterback known for his Super Bowl XI performance has died from colon cancer.

USA Today reports:

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.

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R.I.P. to The Snake.

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