UPDATE – The Univesity of Alabama has confirmed that Kenny Stabler passed away from colon cancer at the age of 69.
The university released this statement:
“The UA family sends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Kenny Stabler. One of the best players to ever waear a uniform for the Crimson Tide, he will always be remembered for his talent, his hard work and his love for the game heplayed so well at every level. We will miss him greatly.” – Deborah Lane, UA Associate Vice President for University Relations.
HOUSTON – Kenny Stabler played quarterback for the Houston Oilers in 1980-1981 but “The Snake” was most remembered for leading the Silver and Black as an Oakland Raider. Stabler won the NFL MVP in 1974 and led the Raiders to a Super Bowl Championship in 1977.
The Tuscaloosa News broke the story about the former University of Alabama legend passing away at the age of 69. Stabler was the 1966 starter for the Crimson Tide when they went 11-0 and beat Nebraska in the Sugar Bowl 34-7, but Alabama did not win the national championship that year.
The Oakland Raiders would draft Stabler in 1968. Stabler finished his NFL playing career in New Orleans as a member of the Saints.