Ken Stabler

  • Oakland Raiders (1970 - 1979)
  • Houston Oilers (1980, 1981)
  • New Orleans Saints (1982 - 1984)

Kenneth Michael Stabler ( born December 25, 1945 in Foley, Alabama ) is a former American professional American football player. He played quarterback, among others, at the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League ( NFL).

Youth / College

Stabler grew up in Foley, where he attended high school at which he played alongside football and baseball and basketball. During his school years he won 30 football games 29 what the Scouts of the college teams could pay attention to him. Committed by legendary coach Bear Bryant of Alabama Crimson Tide, the football team of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, he played three years with the team, where he received little use during the first year. 1966 and 1967 he became a regular quarterback. After a regular season without defeats, he defeated his team in 1966, the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl with 35:28. 1967 was the team from Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, the Cornhuskers beat again with 34:7. Stabler was named MVP of the game. Bryant called Stabler later as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play he had seen. During his college days Stabler could Walk 25 touchdowns, or achieve by passing game. 59.4 % of his passes were caught.

Professional time

In the 1968 NFL Draft Stabler was committed in the second round by the Raiders. The Raiders were coached by John Madden. From 1970 to 1972, he received little use time and was substitute for Daryle Lamonica. In 1973, he was then allowed to prevail over the older Lamonica, was used more and more time and became a regular player. This year, he failed in his Raiders in the AFC Championship game to the Miami Dolphins under coach Don Shula with quarterback Bob Griese with 27:10, in the following two years was against the Pittsburgh Steelers under coach Chuck Noll with quarterback Terry Bradshaw with 24: 13 and 16:10 lost. The move into the Super Bowl was so just missed each. In 1976, however, was the big breakthrough. In the championship game the Steelers were defeated with 24:7, in the subsequent Super Bowl XI, the Minnesota Vikings had under coach Bud Grant with the long-term record holder in the pass yards achieved, giving quarterback Fran Tarkenton beaten with 32:14. Stabler was able to score a touchdown. 1977 succeeded Madden team again the way into the championship game, but the Denver Broncos (Coach Red Miller, quarterback Craig Morton ) could prevail with 20:17.

1974 and 1976 could Stabler 26, and 27 touchdowns achieve through passports, which had each Ligabestleistung all quarterbacks.

Due to numerous knee injuries left rod coupler agility and quickness for ever more. He reduced his own running game and threw his passes mainly only from the cover of his offensive line out. This, however, the strengths rod coupler were negated. 1980 gave the Raiders Stabler from the Houston Oilers. However, his statistics deteriorated visibly located. 1982 he moved to the New Orleans Saints, where he was to replace Archie Manning. However, neither with the Oilers, still with the Saints he had success. Regularly more games were lost than gained, one making the play -offs it was no longer possible.


Through his college Stabler, nicknamed The Snake was elected to the quarterback of the century. Stabler played four times in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. 1974 and 1976 he was elected by different media in each case for MVP of the AFC and received the 1976 Bert Bell Award. Stabler is a member of the National Football League 1970s All- Decade Team.

After the career

Stabler worked as a radio presenter and transmits the games of his old college.