TUSCALOOSA (KRON) — A KRON 4 News affiliate station has confirmed that Oakland Raiders star quarterback Kenny Stabler has passed away. He was 69.
WIAT-TV confirmed Stabler’s death through sources at the University of Alabama, his alma mater. The family posted a statement on Facebook saying he died of “complications associated with colon cancer.”
“He quietly battled Stage 4 colon cancer since being diagnosed in February 2015,” the statement said.
The Raiders front office issued a statement about Stabler’s death.
“He wore the Silver and Black with Pride and Poise and will continue to live in the hearts of Raider fans everywhere,” said Owner Mark Davis.
Nicknamed “The Snake,” Stabler was drafted out of the University of Alabama in the second round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
He played 10 stellar seasons for the Silver and Black, and won a Super Bowl with then head coach John Madden in 1977 — the Raiders first NFL title. He would go on to become a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
Statement from Oakland Raiders
“The Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Ken Stabler,” said Owner Mark Davis. “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.”
Statement from John Madden
“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 that 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.”