For­mer Raiders QB Stabler dead at 69

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES - BY JOHN ZENOR

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.

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