Professional Football Player. Born Kenneth Michael Stabler, he was a multi-sport athlete at Foley High School, but it was football that he excelled at the most, earning the nickname "The Snake" for his ability to maneuver and weave through opposing defenses. In 1964, he was recruited to the University of Alabama by legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, but due to NCAA rules, he was not allowed to play as freshmen, so he watched from the sidelines as Joe Namath guided the Crimson Tide to a national championship. The following season, he split duties at quarterback with Steve Sloan as they led the team to back-to-back national titles with a 39-28 victory over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. In his junior year, he helped Alabama to another 11-0 record and another win over Nebraska, this time a 34-7 victory in the Sugar Bowl. His senior season ended with an 8-2-1 record and finished his college career at Alabama with a 28-3-2 record as a starter. He completed 180 of his 303 passes (59.4 %) for 2,196 yards and 18 touchdowns and also rushed for 838 yards and nine scores on 265 rushing attempts. In 1967, he was named a permanent team captain and earned All-SEC and All-America honors. In 1968, he was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the NFL draft. Along with Cliff Branch, Dave Casper, and Fred Biletnikoff, Stabler led the Raiders to a 32-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. He was named the AFC Player of the Year in 1974 and 1976, the Associate Press selected him as the NFL MVP in 1974 and he earned three trips to the Pro Bowl in 1974, 1976 and 1977. In 1980, Oakland traded him to the Houston Oilers, where he played for two seasons. He then finished his NFL career after three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. In 184 pro games, Stabler threw for 27,938 yards and 194 touchdowns on 2,270-3,793 passing. Following his playing career, he worked as a color commentator for CBS NFL broadcasts before moving to radio where he worked for 11 years as the color analyst for Alabama football games.
Bio by: Louis du Mort