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6. 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! - 70%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 20%
Last modified on Saturday, 07 March 2015 21:35


+1 #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."
+1 #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.
-2 #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.
+2 #4 bruce 2014-09-07 20:30
quite bluntly, it's quite alarming (along with funny) that ken stabler is not in the pro football hall of fame. you look at the 70's. you look at the dawsons, the namaths, the bradshaws, the tarkentons, the grieses, the staubachs - - - and you look at the teams. yes, the steelers dominated the 70's, and that team is the greatest dynasty of all time, along with the 60's packers - if you ask me. but stabler was the guy in Oakland, and Oakland was everything Pittsburgh could handle - year in and year out. I mean - the immaculate reception? that makes pitt that much stronger than Oakland that year? haha. now, I love the steelers, as I've said. but Oakland was all of the steelers, and they did get a ring. ken stabler was on the all decade team, along with roger staubach and terry bradshaw (who stabler tied). I hope bradshaw has commented to the hof here, because I'd be shocked if he didn't think stabler needed to be in there. he was the 2 minute quarterback. he was who the raiders looked to - probably even madden. he was involved in some of the greatest games in history. he completed a huge percentage of his passes, particularly for that era. all in all, I'd be shocked if all the above qbs from that era didn't agree with me - their election is hollow if stabler isn't in with them. I really would
0 #5 Mike Y. 2015-01-17 15:19
A petition drive to induct Ken Stabler into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is underway. Please SIGN and SHARE the petition. Thanks!

+2 #6 Becky Lee Sterling 2015-01-22 23:46
Stabler should be in the hall of fame!
+2 #7 E coast raider fan 2015-02-23 14:48
#5 top 10 clutch QB's all time. #5 top 10 come back QB's all time! best play action passer I've ever seen and he threw laser strikes plus he was left handed . and called his own plays! Don't get me started on the no call in Pittsburg that cost him his another Super Bowl and most of those INT's because he played on 2 very bad teams after the Raiders ( the an'ts)

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