Former Raiders QB Stabler dead at 69
A Snake wouldn’t seem to offer much help on a football field.
Unless that snake was named Stabler.
Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69.
His family announced his death on Stabler’s Facebook page Thursday. The statement said Stabler “passed peacefully” on Wednesday while surrounded by family, including his three daughters and longtime partner, who wasn’t named. Raiders owner Mark Davis said the team, which was informed by the family, was “deeply saddened by the passing of the great Ken Stabler.”
“He was a cherished member of the Raider family and personified what it means to be a Raider,” Davis said in a statement. “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 family’s statement said he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in February.
Stabler’s coach with the Raiders, John Madden, said his former quarterback was cool under pressure.
“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,” Madden said.