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5. Ken Stabler

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Ken Stabler
The Oakland Raiders had a pirate on their helmet and nobody embodied that renegade image more than Ken Stabler.  Coincidently, that very image that made him so popular may be what inhibits him from Hall contention.

Stabler wasn’t just popular because of his tough everyman personality.  “The Snake” was also a very successful quarterback who always found a way to win.  He was a classic drop back passer and executed the Raiders offensive brilliantly.  Stabler wasn’t the strongest of passers, but he led Oakland to many a come from behind victory.  He was the type of quarterback that players believed in now matter what the scoreboard said.  He would lead the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and in 1974 won the NFL MVP Award.

Stabler did have a high amount of interceptions and is currently higher on that all time list than touchdown passes.  That stat alone works against Stabler, but if the Hall goes primarily by pure guts and leadership, the Snake would have already been inducted.

The Bullet Points:

Country of Origin:
Foley, Alabama, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:


Played for:
Oakland Raiders
Houston Oilers
New Orleans Saints


2nd Round, 52nd Overall in 1968

Major Accolades and Awards:
NFL Most Valuable Player (1) (1974)
Pro Bowl Selections (4) (1973, 1974, 1976 &, 1977)
First Team All Pro Selection (1) (1974)
Second Team All Pro Selection (1) (1976)
Most Passing Touchdowns (2) (1974 & 1976)
Highest Quarterback Rating (1) (1976)
Highest Passing Yards/Game (1) (1976)
Highest Pass Completion (2) (1973 & 1976)
Super Bowl Rings (1) (Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XI)
NFL 1970’s All Decade Team

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Passes Completed (8) (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1980)
Top Ten Finishes: Passes Attempted (4) (1974, 1978, 1979 & 1980)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (7) (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 & 1979)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (7) (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 & 1979)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Rating (5) (1973, 1974, 1976, 1977 & 1979)
Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yard/Game (5) (1974, 1976, 1977, 1978 & 1979)
Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (10) (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 & 1982)

Notable All Time Rankings:
37.  Passing Touchdowns: 194
45.  Passes Completed: 2,270
45.  Passing Yards: 27,938
48.  Passes Attempted: 3,793
90.  Quarterback Rating: 75.3

Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame:
Finalist: 1990, 1991 & 2003
Semi Finalist: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009

Should Ken Stabler be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 68.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 21.1%
Last modified on Saturday, 22 February 2014 14:13


0 #1 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-29 19:00
OK I'm just gonna go out and say it, Stabler absolutely deserves to be in the hall of fame. It's not a tragedy that he's not in the hall (not a joke, jokes are funny.) So what if he had a lot of interceptions, you know who else has a lot of interceptions, Brett Favre, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Namath. Namath and Bradshaw are hall of famers, and I would be shocked if Favre didn't get in. So, in the words of George Atkinson, "do the right thing, put Stabler in the hall of fame."
0 #2 Robert 2012-07-14 11:32
Never been a Raiders fan, but I have to agree with Ziggy. The Snake should be in the HOF no doubt. To me he is right after Jerry Kramer as the most deserving to not be in out of eligible player.
-3 #3 Todd 2012-11-04 15:28
A number of writers have said they will never vote for Stabler because of a 1979 incident in which he clumsily tried to set up one of their own in a drug bust, after the writer had written an unflattering article about him.

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