Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler has passed away, succumbing to prostate cancer at the age of 69. "The Snake" was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and was selected to the First-Team All-Pro list in 1974.
A second round draft pick in the 1968 Draft, Stabler was best known for his 10 years with the Oakland Raiders. He also played two seasons with the Houston Oilers and three years with the New Orleans Saints. He finished his career with a 96-49-1 record as a starter, throwing for 27,938 yards with 2,270 completions on 3,793 attempts. He threw for 194 touchdowns, including leading the league in 1974 (26) and 1976 (27), with 222 interceptions. He led the league in passer rating in 1976 with a 103.4 mark, and had a career passer rating of 75.3. He won Super Bowl XI with the Raiders.
He was a Hall of Fame finalist in 1990, 1991, and 2003.
Stabler's death was first reported early on Thursday from the Tuscaloosa Times. They the retracted that report, stating that the report was unconfirmed and should not have been released. Various media throughout the day reported both that Stabler was still alive and that he had passed. Thursday evening, his family along with the University of Alabama and the Raiders all confirmed that he had passed.
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