Mark Davis remembers Ken Stabler, Raider “personified”

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The Oakland Raiders have confirmed the death of quarterback Ken Stabler. The 69-year-old fought Stage 4 colon cancer since February.

“The Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Ken Stabler,” owner Mark Davis said in a team-issued 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.”

Stabler is survived by his three daughters and two grandchildren. We extend our condolences to Stabler’s family, friends, teammates, and coaches.

61 responses to “Mark Davis remembers Ken Stabler, Raider “personified”

  1. A damn shame! RIP Snake! Many memories of you I will cherish and share with my Grandkids.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  2. Ah man God bless you and your amazing legacy. One of the best quarterbacks of the 1970s. And may you meet your glorious daughter in Heaven as well 🙂

  3. Wonder what chats between Stabler and Bear Bryant were like. RIP Snake. – Pats Nation

  4. As a former Oilers fan, never agreed with the QB trade. That said, he was every bit the player and partier that Pastorini was. Good guy!

  5. The Snake won our first super bowl in 1976 against the Minnesota when everyone was saying as long as that left hander is quarterback, the Raiders will never win a super bowl. On that day they said the offensive linemen blocked out the sun as even there best defensive lineman Allan Page nor Jim Marshall could even get a hand on him. I believe Fred Biletnokoff got MVP but it should have been Stabler or even Clarence Davis who had a big game rushing that day. The Snake did indeed throw darts and for 20 yards he would throw just that and seemed to hit the receivers right between the numbers. He was to me the best two minute man in football as he would always pull a game out at the end whether it was the sea of hands., the holy roller or in over time to Dave Casper which was called the ghost to the post. I loved Kenny “the Snake” Stabler and will miss him dearly.

  6. R.I.P. Ken. I hope someday your greatness is recognized in the HOF…. Definitely one of the top QBs from the 70’s..

  7. I am so saddened to hear this. Even though he always beat my team like a bad step child, there was something so unique and Raideresque about this guy, we will never see the likes of him again.

    Thanks for the memories Snake. RIP

    Avid Bronco Fan

  8. RIP Snake. I miss watching you lead the Raiders to all those wins in the 70’s.

  9. An absolute shame this man is not in the hall of fame. As a pats fan, RIP.

    Al Davis said it best for us all, Just win baby.

    Good luck Raider Nation, take this day to enjoy your great franchise, remember Kenny, and ignore all the spiteful fools here because their team has less rings(most of the league)

  10. Never got to watch him play but always heard great things. RIP Snake. Hope you get inducted.

  11. Wow, time is passing way too fast. Even as a viking fan and watching my team get smoked in the SB by the raiders. I have always loved the combo of the snake, fred, cliff and casper. A very deadly comp. Rest in peace snake.

  12. Loved the Snake. RIP!

    Some of the all time great game names and all won by the Raiders due to the Snake.

    anyone remember the “sea of hands” throw by the Snake to beat the Dolphins with 30 seconds left in ’74 playoffs?

    The ghost to the post exemplified the Snake. Hung in the pocket with perfect composure with Colts around him and lofted a beauty to Dave Casper in the 4th to tie it. Raiders won in OT. (playoff game) ’77

    and we’ve all seen the holy roller as rules have changed. Stabler rolled the ball fwd on the final play and it was continually thrown on the ground until I believe Casper fell on it for a TD.

    ’76 SB champion. Will always be fondly remembered as a Champion and Ice in his veins QB.

    RIP Snake.

  13. Loved the Snake when I was a kid, my first sports idol. Raider Personified pretty much sums it up.

    The on field part of Raider Personified should have landed him in the hall of fame decades ago.

    The off field part of Raider Personified kept him out. It’s really not fair.

  14. He was before my time, but I’ve seen enough tape to know he could ball. I’ll never forget the Boston Accent Guy they had on those old commercials for…I can’t remember. But I remember it had something to do with the NFL and flashes back to him and others making inaccurate predictions.

    “JP Losman…is the reincahhnation…of Kenny Stablah.”

    RIP Snake

  15. The great Raiders teams had a whole team of loveable characters led by the Snake. RIP.

  16. It is SAD that one of these QB’s is in the HoF and the other is a gunslinger!
    TDS 173
    INT 220
    YDS 27,663
    RTG 65.5

    TD 194
    INT 222
    YDS 27,938
    RTG 75.3

    Namath is the first group of STATS – STABLER was BETTER!

    MR KING – PUT HIM IN THE HALL (king is a phony anyway! here is proof!)

  17. When I was just a lad living here in Canada, I saw a Monday Night Football game:

    One of the teams wore all black with a touch of silver

    That same team was described as “The Villains” of the NFL

    That same team had a QB called “Snake”

    From that evening and ever since, The Raiders have been my team. Stabler was the foundation of my admiration for all things Raiders.

    Will never forget the man that built the foundation.

    R.I.P. Snake

  18. If there ever was a Qb who did it his way…from the beard, the long hair and the late nites…It was Kenny “the Snake” Stabler.

    He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

  19. Joe Namath is the only QB in the HOF with more INTS than TDs….. Kenny Stabler has the exact same stats! I would take Stabler any day of the week ever Namath! Both have SB wins! Loved Kenny Stabler!

  20. He definitely personified that Raider’s mystic and was “McQueen-cool”. Just had that look about him – can’t define it. Bit of 70’s cool, gunslinger, playboy. But, he was always ready to get it done, no matter how it looked in the process. RIP Snake!!!

  21. To a Raider I loved to hate, but personified greatness. End of an era……RIP Mr. Stabler.

  22. In 1983 Ken Stabler was 37 years old and, physically, finished as a player. But he lead the New Orleans Saints to maybe their best season yet. We finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs by losing to the LA Rams 26-24 in the final game of the season.
    The old heads I know talked a lot about him when Brett Favre was going in for 2009 Vikings, but said Favre had nothing on Stabler. Stabler was literally getting wins on guts alone as he was shaky and feeble armed by then. Thats my kinda player.
    I know hes a Raider first and formost and much love and respect to the big homies in the grey hats, but this dude defines the Saints too.
    Billy Kilmer, Archie Manning, Ken Stabler. Thats our old testament.

  23. As a Vikes fan I watched him beat my Purple People Eaters and break my childhood heart, but always respected the Raiders & the Snake. Very sad indeed. RIP Snake!

  24. Stabler had presence. He played his best football late in games, and was cool under pressure. An old-school AFC star who was a big part of a golden era in the NFL football.

  25. Growing up in the seventies, and having family in Pittsburg, we all hated the Raiders. But this kid always like the way the QB played, and kept the games exciting. The Snake is still one of the best I have ever seen play. Condolences to all of Raider Nation.

  26. Lifelong Denver Burros fan here.

    We all take off our hats for Snake today. It’s impossible to not like someone with character, and that’s exactly what Stabler was.

    Classy move by Mark Davis too. I was worried what would happen after Al passed, but I think that Mark is up to the task. He wants to build a winner, just like his dad.

  27. 87hollywoodhorn says:
    Jul 9, 2015 10:33 PM

    In 1983 Ken Stabler was 37 years old and, physically, finished as a player. But he lead the New Orleans Saints to maybe their best season yet. We finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs by losing to the LA Rams 26-24 in the final game of the season.

    The old heads I know talked a lot about him when Brett Favre was going in for 2009 Vikings, but said Favre had nothing on Stabler. Stabler was literally getting wins on guts alone as he was shaky and feeble armed by then. Thats my kinda player.

    I know hes a Raider first and formost and much love and respect to the big homies in the grey hats, but this dude defines the Saints too.

    Billy Kilmer, Archie Manning, Ken Stabler. Thats our old testament.

    ____________________________________

    Well put down. That brought back another Stabler memory.

    I was in Texas Stadium that very year when Dallas beat the Saints 21-20. I remember Stabler started driving the Saints down the field at the end of the game. As you mentioned with his arm, it was all dink and dunk by then. A 15-20 yard out was a long pass for him at that time.

    To my best recollection, they got to about their own 43 yard line (or maybe they started close to there). When Saints starting guard Brad Edelman blew a block. Snake had no chance. He got hammered, fumbled and that was the game.

    The press in New Orleans gave it to him hard for that fumble.

    One other thing about Ken Stabler. I never heard him throw a player under the bus. He loved the game and his teammates. And was never afraid to shoulder the burden.

  28. Many great performances, gutsy plays, pinpoint passes, coolness in the pocket and grace under pressure. But what I remember him for most is the invention (and successful execution) of the “forward fumble” that took an NFL rules committee a year to figure out how to adjudicate.

  29. Kenny “The Snake” Stabler, what a quarterback.

    The Raiders were my AFC team in the 70s. They seemed like the only ones who could beat the Steelers.

    I’ll never forget their first Super Bowl. An hour before the game, John Madden walked into the locker room, looked around and asked, “Where’s my quarterback?”

    He was in a bar down the street, drinking whiskey. He took one last shot and said, “Well, boys, guess I’ll go play a football game.” And he won.

    Damn right he personified Raider football. R.I.P. Ken Stabler, we won’t see the likes of you for a long time.

  30. HOF talk for this guy is pretty ridiculous. The TD/INT ratio alone is just too much. I get the Namath/Fouts references but just because one bum is in doesn’t mean they all get in.

    MLB HOF has the same issues.

    Good, very good player, yes. HOF with the likes of Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, etc. No.

    RIP.

  31. To bad a real snake could not get rid of the colon cancer in real life! This cancer takes young lives to soon!

    Hope they find a cure for this disease!

    RIP Snake!

  32. Thank you PFT and all the classy opposing teams fans who have been so graceful in their comments here. Man’s game. Sad day in Raider Nation.

  33. Very sad to hear of Kenny Stabler’s passing.

    It’s made me realize just how much I miss the old Silver & Black vs. The Orange Crush days.

    Thanks for all the great memories Snake.

    Rest in peace.

  34. razzlejag says:
    Jul 10, 2015 7:41 AM

    HOF talk for this guy is pretty ridiculous. The TD/INT ratio alone is just too much. I get the Namath/Fouts references but just because one bum is in doesn’t mean they all get in.

    MLB HOF has the same issues.

    Good, very good player, yes. HOF with the likes of Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, etc. No.

    RIP.
    *******************************************

    Brady is not in the Hall of Fame. Take your Brady man-crush somewhere else.

  35. Snake was one of the last guys I would want to confront in a back alley.

    Much respect. RIP.

  36. Look up “clutch QB’s” in the dictionary and his face should be there. I think he played with the mindset of winning by any means necessary. He was a dandy for sure.

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