Raiders mourn Stabler

Stabler played as quarterback for the Raiders from 1970 until 1979, leading them to Super Bowl XI victory – he was also named as the NFL’s most valuable player in 1974.

After leaving the Raiders in 1979, Stabler went on to play for the Houston Oilers and the New Orleans Saints, eventually retiring after the 1984 season.

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

Legendary Raiders coach John Madden added:??”I was head coach of the Raiders the entire time Kenny was there, and he led us to a whole bunch of victories, including one in Super Bowl XI.

“I’ve often said, if I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had a quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny.

“‘Snake’ was a lot cooler than I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders you think about Ken Stabler. Kenny loved life. It is a sad day for all Raiders.”