Thursday, July 9, 2015

RIP Ken Stabler

From ESPN: Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler died Wednesday from complications resulting from Stage 4 colon cancer, the team confirmed Thursday. He was 69.
"The Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Ken Stabler," said owner Mark Davis in a team release. "He was a cherished member of the Raider family and personified what it means to be a Raider. He wore the Silver and Black with Pride and Poise and will continue to live in the hearts of Raider fans everywhere. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to Kenny's family."
The Foley, Alabama, native threw for 27,938 yards during his 15-year career in the NFL, compiling a 96-49-1 record as a starting quarterback and a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. He played for the Raiders from 1970 to 1979, winning the NFL MVP award in 1974 and earning Pro Bowl honors four times.
I have to be honest, I didn't like Stabler when he was with the Raiders.  Not that he was a bad person, but he was the face of the raiders when the raiders where actually good.  At that time, you either loved the Raiders or hated them and I was in the hate category.
But now that the Raiders stink, I respect Stabler for all that he accomplished, on and off the field.
So, I hope Al Davis was on the other side of the light to welcome in Stabler- it would only be fitting.

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