No Raiders gear in Ken Stabler’s Hall of Fame display

Even though Packers fans may not like it, it’s easy to explain the presence of a Vikings jersey in Brett Favre’s Hall of Fame display at Canton. It’s much harder to explain the absence of Raiders gear in Ken Stabler’s display.

Darren Rovell of ESPN posted earlier today an image of the Raider-free Stabler display. There’s a Saints helmet, an AFC Pro Bowl helmet, an AFC Pro Bowl jersey. It appears the locker has a game ball from a Raiders-Cardinals contest tucked into the upper corner, and the cleats, shoulder pads, and other pads may have come from a Raiders uniform, the display doesn’t have a Raiders jersey, helmet, pants, and anything else that would make it clear that Stabler played for the Silver and Black.

There’s also no gear from his time with the Oilers, which is odd as well. Then again, if the display had any Houston memorabilia that Stabler had worn, the absence of Raiders gear would have been even more glaring.

It’s more bizarre than disrespectful. And even if there’s an explanation for it, there’s no excuse for the omission.

[Photo credit: Twitter.com/DarrenRovell.]

56 responses to “No Raiders gear in Ken Stabler’s Hall of Fame display

  1. It was common knowledge that there was no love lost between Stabler and Al Davis. Like Marcus, Timmy Brown, Rich Gannon, and many others, when Al got mad at you, it was “ovah.” His Raiders Are Family; Once a Raider, Always a Raider was just a bunch of marketing crap.

  2. No excuse for that at all. Needs to be corrected and added imediately. Who ever was responsible for not including it, should be let go or relieved of any decision making duties. Absolute crime! #RIPSnake

  3. This is absurd. He won a Super Bowl with them. Does anyone in that “museum” understand the history? Is this a nefarious plot to disrespect the Raiders?

    I’m sure if Goodell gets his way, Brady’s display will only have a Michigan jersey.

    I’m losing count of how many questionable and just plain stupid things are happening relating to the NFL while Goofell has been the commissioner.

  4. The only plausible explanation is that these things are put together by high school volunteer interns who don’t really ave a true sense of football history.

  5. What’s more disrespectful to Stabler is they waited until he died to finally vote him in. He went to 5 straight AFC championships(a feat only duplicated by Tom Brady) won a superbowl, and was part of some of the most historic games in league history (holy roller, sea of hands, ghost to the post) yet they have no problem voting guys like Joe Namath in. I wonder if Cliff Branch, Tom Flores, and Jim Plunkett will live to see their enshrinement. If they were Steelers they would have been 1st ballot. HOF is a sham.

  6. There’s no Steelers stuff in the Tony Dungy exhibit. Asked about it, he wrote on Twitter: “Maybe I should have done that!” Makes me think the inductee might have some input. If so, Favre could have supplied Vikings jersey to give the Pack management the finger. Wouldn’t be surprising if Stabler’s representatives chose to blackball the Raiders.

  7. This isnt even the worst part of it. The worst part is the HoF waiting for Stabler to die before putting him in. when he should of been in YEARS ago and been able to do a speach and enjoy the whole thing with his family.

    that is the true injustice of this whole debacle that is the hall of fame.

  8. the8man says:
    Aug 6, 2016 6:56 PM

    I’m losing count of how many questionable and just plain stupid things are happening relating to the NFL while Goofell has been the commissioner.

    This is what he does best,,,,keep the NFL in the news all year,generate revenue. I dont ever remember so much discussion about this topic (HoF bling) before so I don’t doubt both of these curiosities (issues with both Favre and Stabler) were well thought out and planned to generate “interest”, Nevermind that it angers 2 pretty big fanbases, not important!

  9. His heart was broken when he was no longer a Raiders.
    It is what is.
    He was their heart.
    He could have been a back up for years but Al Davis drove him off.
    Marcus Allen could testify.
    Al always wanted the best stripper on the dance floor to obey him and broke them off if they didn’t.

  10. There are countless Washington Redskins inducted into the HOF who wouldn’t dream of displaying any gear aside from Washington Redskins. That’s how pride and Redskin family works.

  11. That so called museum belongs in Latrobe PA, the real birthplace of pro football
    ___________________

    Sorry Charlie, it’s Dayton Ohio !

  12. I heard there was way to much Raider stuff sent to put in, so Canton decided to let the daughters decide at a later date.

    Bottom Line…..Stabler is a Raider. I don’t need anything to show me, or anybody to tell me……The nation know whats up. His team mates know this. Madden knows this. His daughters Kendra, Marissa, and Alexa know this… Haters….well that another subject.

  13. The Iranian Government demanded the Raider helmet and jersey be added to the $400,000,000.00 we gave them, so Obama threw it in.

    What can we say? We’re Americans. Land of the wussies.

  14. Centered00 says:
    Aug 6, 2016 7:45 PM
    The Iranian Government demanded the Raider helmet and jersey be added to the $400,000,000.00 we gave them, so Obama threw it in.

    What can we say? We’re Americans. Land of the wussies.–
    ———————————————————–
    Someone has their panties in a bunch. Their choice for President must have said something dumb……..again. Like maybe he saw a video of Stabler’s equipment being taken off a plane and handed over to Iran.

  15. Well since they made this screw up, it seems like there is a pattern emerging here.

    Whoever is putting together and/or overseeing how they are representing each Hall of Fame inductee’s locker, they don’t know much about the history of these players.

    Perhaps the Hall of Fame should have someone knowledgeable look at these lockers and make sure they aren’t making bonehead errors before opening it up for the public/festivities.

    Favre with a prominent Vikings jersey, Stabler with no Raiders jersey.

    Even the presence of a pro bowl jersey is baffling. Pro Bowl teams are exhibition matches, and they are not a real team.

    In essence they have a quality control issue.

  16. Hmmm, well I personally saw roger give the two thumbs up to the head of the NFL football hall of fame, the other night during the jacket ceremony so I’m sure everything is being handled with class and decorum. You know, Raiders,, no Raiders, what’s it really matter in the long run, you know?

  17. I hope TD doesn’t have to die to get in like Stabler.
    2 Super Bowls
    Super Bowl MVP
    2000 yd season
    League MVP
    Best 3 year rushing total in NFL history
    Most post season 100 rushing games
    He did more in his time then Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis combined.
    Should call it the Hall of longevity not Fame.

  18. Al pissed him off…just like he did Marcus and a few others..And like how he screwed the team up for a decade and a half. Al WAS great, but also a but of an ass

  19. The elected player has the right to choose which team he goes in under. In this case, maybe the Snake had something written prior to his death that governed that he had a Saints helmet in there when/if elected. After death, this would have fallen to the immediate family. Maybe there was lingering animosity about the way he left the Raiders that led to the decision.

  20. This is a damn shame.

    The Snake was before my time but he epitomized the Raiders

  21. “Jim Plunkett will live to see their enshrinement”

    _________________

    Do these look like HOF QB stats?

    Record of 72-72 164 TDs 198 INTs

    Just because you’re part of a SB winning team, doesn’t make you (Jim Plunkett) a HOFer.

  22. They didn’t really want him in the hall fame. They got pressured to do it after he passed away so they didn’t give it much thought.

  23. It needs to be renamed the Hall of Shame. Do I need to donate a #12?

    Maybe it’s like the Rock N Roll Hall. What racket (just google Steve Miller and the rnr hall). Priceless. It’s all about rights and $$$.

  24. Hey Homer Boys, maybe the Stabler family instructed the Hall to not include any Raider crap given the way Davis treated Ken. Ever think of that hot shots?

  25. Snake Stabler was the consummate Oakland Raider. This just isn’t right.
    – A Lions Fan

  26. Centered00 says:
    Aug 6, 2016 7:45 PM

    The Iranian Government demanded the Raider helmet and jersey be added to the $400,000,000.00 we gave them, so Obama threw it in.

    What can we say? We’re Americans. Land of the wussies.
    __________________

    I know that somehow Captain Insano Trump is behind this.

  27. 1) “justbegbaby says:
    Aug 6, 2016 6:49 PM

    It was common knowledge that there was no love lost between Stabler and Al Davis. Like Marcus, Timmy Brown, Rich Gannon, and many others, when Al got mad at you, it was “ovah.” His Raiders Are Family; Once a Raider, Always a Raider was just a bunch of marketing crap.”

    2) “howiehandles says:
    Aug 6, 2016 8:43 PM

    “Jim Plunkett will live to see their enshrinement”

    _________________

    Do these look like HOF QB stats?

    Record of 72-72 164 TDs 198 INTs

    Just because you’re part of a SB winning team, doesn’t make you (Jim Plunkett) a HOFer.”

    3) “Jax4 says:
    Aug 6, 2016 8:36 PM

    The elected player has the right to choose which team he goes in under. In this case, maybe the Snake had something written prior to his death that governed that he had a Saints helmet in there when/if elected. After death, this would have fallen to the immediate family. Maybe there was lingering animosity about the way he left the Raiders that led to the decision.”

    1) The Davis family and Stabler buried the hatchet years ago. The team flew the family out and they did an amazing tribute to him at halftime of a game last year. The Stabler family clearly has no issues with the Raiders and they often referred to themselves as part of the Raider family.

    2) Plunkett won TWO Super Bowls and he is the only QB who won 2 who isn’t in the HOF. The stats alone do not tell the whole picture. He was a) the 1st Latino QB to win a SB and 1st pick overall and b) was 8-2 in playoff games. The high INT rate was due to a TERRIBLE line in NE and once he left, his stats improved dramatically.

    3) The players do not go into the HOF as a member of any team and the players don’t have a say in that. The player (family) in this case does generally get asked regarding the display and, as someone posted above, my understanding is that the family didn’t have any memorabilia they wanted to donate to the HOF from their collection, so the HOF did what it did (idiotically) until they get their hands on some Raiders/Stabler gear.

    All that said – this is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen the HOF do. Keep in mind, the HOF is NOT run by the NFL…it is a separate organization. Tom Flores and Cliff Branch should have been in the hall years ago. Branch’s stats dwarf Lynn Swann’s (as did Branch’s talent level) and Flores is also the only HC with 2 SB wins (and the only Hispanic coach to win even 1) to not be in the HOF. Many members of the media still hold a grudge against the Raiders for not being media friendly under Al Davis. I expect you’ll see the backlog cleared as time goes on because MD has made the team significantly more media friendly and the old media dudes are retiring and dying and taking their petty grudges with them.

  28. Stabler’s family was auctioning off his lifetime collection of memorabilia including Raiders helmets and jerseys. It may explain why there’s no Raiders memorabilia in Canton.

  29. coachglove says:
    Aug 6, 2016 10:09 PM

    3)” The players do not go into the HOF as a member of any team and the players don’t have a say in that. ”

    ________________________________

    Sorry dude you are just flat out wrong….

  30. The Davis-Stabler feud was an ugly one, Davis growing increasingly frustrated with Stabler leading the Raiders to “only” one Super Bowl title, saying in 1978 that fans should “blame the lefty … he makes all the money.”

    And Stabler responded in kind when asked in 1979 if he would like to bury the hatchet with Davis, saying, “Yes, between his shoulder blades.”

  31. If there was ever a H.O.F. induction speech that we needed to hear, it would’ve been Ken Stabler’s speech. He’s been in so many football games that changed the game forever.

  32. Stabler played for the Saints? Really?

    Who remembers Stabler for that?

    This is just plain stupid. Someone should get fired. Someone else should just get over it and make it happen.

  33. It is what it is. Just like the enshrine gets to pick his presenter. The family gets to choose what goes in the locker.

    Raider fans know the deal. He is a Raider and always will be. This was his statement to the personal feud with Al Davis.

  34. You mean he’s not best remembered for his days as a Saint?

    _____________

    Shoot, I’m a life-long SAINTS fan but to me The Snake is and always will be a Raider.

  35. UNACCEPTABLE!! Its further evidence of the ongoing league agenda against the Raiders because of Al Davis, and the reason it took so long to put him in the Hall. Should have been in years ago, along with many other Raiders. Snake is known for being a Raider plain and simple. He was involved in Historical games as a Raider not as a Saint or Oiler. (No disrespect to those teams)

  36. Got here late you guys said most of it all.

    Most of us waited over 20 years to see The Snake get put in the Hall of Fame, and when we got here we didn’t get to hear any speech because Stabler was dead, Al Davis is dead, and John Madden is too frail to make the trip. Great job NFL. Shame on you. You robbed them, yourselves and all of the rest of us of the moment he deserved, and the 70’s Raiders deserved.

    PS: If you are a Statboy under 35 who never saw pre 1985 football, realize the game had different rules then, putting it mildly. Plunkett would be in already for any other team. He won every big game he played in, and as we all know is the only two time Super Bowl champion quarterback not in. He was also Super Bowl MVP. Although that honor should have gone to Rod Martin.

  37. If Stabler destroyed or neglected any Raiders gear he kept from his time in Oakland there may be nothing of the sort to include in the display. As for the Saints helmet, I have read articles and interviews which claimed that Stabler used one helmet for his entire career, and this helmet was reconditioned and painted, with new team decals applied, when he went first to Houston and then to New Orleans. If this is true (and I have no reason to think it is not) then the Saints helmet in the display IS his Raiders helmet (and Oilers helmet). Perhaps Helmet Hut can make an authentic reproduction for the HOF exhibit.

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