NFL Oakland Raiders great Ken Stabler dies at age 69

Oakland Raiders great Ken Stabler has died after a brief battle with colon cancer.

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Oakland Raiders great Ken Stabler dies at age 69

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Oakland Raiders great Ken Stabler has died after a brief battle with colon cancer.

Stabler's family said in a Facebook post on Thursday that Stabler died on Wednesday at home, surrounded by loved ones.

The family said Stabler was diagnosed with stage four cancer in February. He was 69.

Stabler was recruited to Alabama by legendary coach Bear Bryant, but because of NCAA rules at the time, he was banned from playing as a freshman and sat out the 1964 season.

He watched Joe Namath lead the team to a national championship.

Two years later, Stabler led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated 11-0 season, which culminated in a 34-7 victory over Nebraska in the Sugar Bowl.

Stabler went on to have an even more successful NFL career.

In 1974, four seasons after being drafted by the Raiders, he was named NFL MVP. Two years later, he led them to Super Bowl XI and a 32-14 victory over the Vikings.

During his nine-year career with the Raiders, Stabler made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams.

He was the fastest to win 100 games as a starting quarterback in NFL history, doing so in just 150 games.

Former Raiders coach John Madden called Stabler "a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider".

"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 than I was," Madden said in a statement.

"When you think about the Raiders, you think about Ken Stabler. Kenny loved life. It is a sad day for all Raiders, Madden added.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement that Stabler "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."

Following a subpar 1979 season, Stabler was traded to the Houston Oilers.

After just one season with the Oilers, he moved on to the New Orleans Saints where he finished his career in 1984.

Following his playing career, he served as a broadcaster for NFL games on CBS before becoming a radio analyst for Alabama football for 11 years.

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