Interesting Facts About Raiders Great Ken The Snake Stabler

Ken Stabler had a great career that included 12 seasons with the Oakland Raiders, two with the Houston Oilers, and three with the New Orleans Saints. Stabler earned his nickname “The Snake” due to his running and scrambling ability while in high school, but lived up to it in the NFL. Here are some interesting facts about Raiders great Ken Stabler.

-Ken Stabler averaged just over 29 points per game in basketball during high school.

-Ken Stabler led the entire NFL in touchdown passes in 1974 (26) and 1976 (27).

-During Ken Stabler’s freshman season at the University of Alabama, the team would win the NCAA National Championship behind the quarteracking of Joe Namath. Alabama would follow that up with another national title the next season, a season in which Stabler split time at quarterback with Steve Sloan.

-Ken Stabler threw for the most yards (3,615) and second most touchdowns (26) of his career in 1979 and then was traded from the Raiders to the Oilers the following offseason.

-During his senior season at Alabama, Ken Stabler was briefly kicked off the team by head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant due to cutting class and partying too much.

-The 1971 season saw Ken Stabler still seeing much of his time as backup to Daryle Lamonica. He would finish the season doing something few quarterbacks in the National Football League do. He scored twice as many rushing touchdowns (2) as passing (1).

-As a starter, Ken Stabler had a record of 28-3-2 as the quarterback for University of Alabama.

-Ken Stabler only had five 300 yard passing games during his career. Two of them came during the 1976 season.

-Ken Stabler was drafted in the second round of the 1968 NFL/AFL Draft with the 52nd overall pick.

-Ken Stabler threw more touchdown passes (21) against the Kansas City Chiefs than he did against any other team during his career.

-Other quarterbacks drafted ahead of Ken Stabler in 1968 include Greg Landry from the University of Massachusetts, Gary Beban from UCLA, and Mike Livingston from Southern Methodist University.

-No player caught more touchdown passes from Ken Stabler than Cliff Branch with 44. Dave casper is second on the list with 38, followed by Fred Biletnikoff with 26.

-Ken Stabler was the AFC Player of the Year in 1974 and 1976.

-Ken Stabler was traded to the Houston Oilers before the 1980 season. Following the 1980 season, new Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett would lead the team to a victory over Stabler’s Oilers in the playoffs.

-The first touchdown pass Ken Stabler ever threw in the NFL came during the 1971 season. It was a nine yard pass to Raymond Chester in a 27-16 victory over the Denver Broncos.

-At one point, Ken Stabler had reached 100 wins faster than any other quarterback in history. His mark was eventually passed by Joe Montana and Tom Brady.

-The longest touchdown pass thrown by Ken Stabler during his career went for 88 yards and was thrown to Cliff Branch in the second quarter of an 18-14 win over the Green Bay Packers in 1976.

-In 1974, Ken Stabler had decided to leave the Oakland Raiders and the NFL and signed a contract to play with the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League. He would never play in the WFL as it folded halfway through the 1975 season.

-The five longest touchdown passes of Ken Stabler’s career went for 88, 80, 79, 75, and 74 yards. Three of them were thrown to Cliff Branch and all of them were thrown in the second quarter.

-While with the Houston Oilers, there was a soft drink made and distributed in the Houston area named Snake Venom.

-Ken Stabler led the NFL in completion percentage in 1973 (62.7%) and 1976 (66.7%).

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