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- December 25, 1945
- 6' 3"
Kevin Stabler (born Kenneth Michael Stabler in Foley, Alabama on December 25, 1945) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Oakland Raiders (1970–1979), Houston Oilers (1980–1981), and New Orleans Saints (1982–1984). He played college football for the University of Alabama and was nicknamed “Snake” in high school. After an extremely successful high school football career, Ken was recruited by legendary head coach Bear Bryant at Alabama, joining the team in 1964. As a junior in 1966, he took over the quarterback position full-time and led his team to an undefeated, 11–0 season. During Ken’s senior season, Bear kicked him off the team for cutting class and partying, however, Ken was given a second chance. He ended up finishing his career at Alabama with a 28–3–2 record as a starter. Ken was drafted in the second round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, but he didn’t get a chance to play until 1970. In January 1977 he guided the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, a 32–14 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Ken left the Raiders as their all-time leader in completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes to join the Houston Oilers in 1980. He didn’t last long in Houston however, and ended up signing with the Saints in 1982. For his successes in the NFL, Ken was named the twenty-seventh greatest quarterback of the post-merger era by Football Nation. Ken died of colon cancer on July 8, 2015, at the age of 69. He had been diagnosed with the disease since February 2015. At the 2016 NFL Honors it was announced that he would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Ken Stabler was best known for being an exceptional football player.
Ken Stabler was married three times. His wives include: Isabel Clarke from 1968 to 1973, Debbie Fitzsimmons from 1975 to 1978, and Rose Molly Burch from 1984 to 2002. Ken had three daughters, Kendra Stabler Moyes (from first marriage), Alexa Rose Stabler, and Marissa Leigh Stabler (from third marriage). He also had twin grandsons, Jack Moyes and Justin Moyes, who he referred to as his “Grand Snakes.”