Ken Stabler

Quarterback

Ken Stabler

15 Seasons
184 Games
1970s NFL All-Decade Team
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(Alabama)...6'3'', 215...Kenneth Michael Stabler … Drafted in 2nd round of the 1968 draft by Raiders … Left-handed passer known for his exciting and flamboyant style … Compiled impressive .661 winning percentage … Totaled 27,938 yards and 194 touchdowns … First quarterback since AFL-NFL merger to lead team to five consecutive conference championships … All-Pro and NFL’s MVP, 1974 and 1976 … Voted to four Pro Bowls … Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s … Born on December 25, 1945 in Foley, Alabama … Died July 8, 2015 at age of 69.

BIO

Ken Stabler Oakland Raiders & Houston Oilers & New Orleans Saints

The Oakland Raiders, in the second round of the 1968 AFL-NFL Draft, selected quarterback Ken Stabler. A three-time All-America at Alabama, Stabler spent his first two seasons in the pros on the Raiders inactive/reserve squad, before joining the team in 1970 as a backup to Oakland’s All-Pro quarterback Daryle Lamonica.
 
Although his playing time steadily increased each of the next three seasons, it wasn’t until 1973 and after the Raiders lost two of their first three games, that Stabler became a starter. That year he went on to lead the Raiders to the AFC Championship game, a 27-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

It was, however, the first of a string of five consecutive years that the Stabler-led Raiders advanced to the AFC title game, and the first of seven consecutive winning seasons with the “Snake” at the helm.  

In 1976, Stabler led the league in passing, finishing the season with a remarkable 103.4 passer rating. At the same time, the Raiders earned the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XI. In the Super Bowl Stabler completed 12 of 19 passes for 180 yards as the Raiders easily defeated the Minnesota Vikings 32-14.  

During his 10 seasons in Oakland, Stabler was named All-Pro twice, All-AFC three times, and selected to play in the  Pro Bowl four times.  He was named the AFC’s Player of the Year in 1974 and again in 1976.  Following the 1979 season the Raiders traded Stabler to the Houston Oilers for quarterback Dan Pastorini. In his first season as the Oilers field general, Stabler passed for 3,202 yards. It was the second time in his career that he passed for more than 3,000 yards in a single season.

Stabler retired after the third game of the 1984 season after struggling through two injury-plagued seasons with the New Orleans Saints. When he retired his 59.85 career pass completion percentage was second only to Joe Montana, who at the time had played just six seasons.  

Stabler’s 10 consecutive post season games with a touchdown pass was also an NFL record.

During his 15 NFL playing seasons, Stabler completed 2,270 passes for 27,938 yards and 194 touchdowns.  

STATS

Ken Stabler's Stats

 

 

 

 

 

 Passing

 

 

 

 

  Rushing

 

 

 

 

G

Att

Comp

 Yards

TD

Int

Rating

No.

Yds

Avg

TD

Fum

1970

Oakland

3

7

2

52

0

1

18.5

1

-4

-4.0

0

1

1971

Oakland

14

48

24

268

1

4

39.2

4

29

7.3

2

1

1972

Oakland

14

74

44

524

4

3

82.3

6

27

4.5

0

2

1973

Oakland

14

260

163

1997

14

10

88.3

21

101

4.8

0

5

1974

Oakland

14

310

178

2469

26

12

94.9

12

-2

-0.2

1

3

1975

Oakland

14

293

171

2296

16

24

67.4

6

-5

-0.8

0

4

1976

Oakland

12

291

194

2737

27

17

103.4

7

-2

-0.3

1

5

1977

Oakland

13

294

169

2176

20

20

75.2

3

-3

-1.0

0

3

1978

Oakland

16

406

237

2944

16

30

63.3

4

0

0.0

0

9

1979

Oakland

16

498

304

3615

26

22

82.2

16

-4

-0.3

0

10

1980

Houston

16

457

293

3202

13

28

68.7

15

-22

-1.5

0

7

1981

Houston

13

285

165

1988

14

18

69.5

10

-3

-0.3

0

7

1982

New Orleans

8

189

117

1343

6

10

71.8

3

-4

-1.3

0

4

1983

New Orleans

14

311

176

1988

9

18

61.4

9

-14

-1.6

0

4

1984

New Orleans

3

70

33

339

2

5

41.3

1

-1

-1.0

0

1

Career Total

184

3793

2270

  27,938

194

222

75.3

118

93

0.8

4

66

 



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Ken Stabler's Championship Games

Championship Games

1970 AFC – Baltimore Colts 27, Oakland Raiders 17

Stabler did not play.

1973 AFC – Miami Dolphins 27, Oakland Raiders 10

Stabler started at quarterback.  He completed 15 of 23 passes for 129 yards, one touchdown,  one interception, and one fumble recovery.

1974 AFC – Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Oakland Raiders 13

Stabler started at quarterback.  He completed 19 of 36 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.  He also rushed one time for no yards.

1975 AFC – Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Oakland Raiders 10

Stabler started at quarterback.  He completed 18 of 42 passes for 246 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.

1976 AFCOakland Raiders 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 7

Stabler started at quarterback.  He completed 10 of 16 passes for 88 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

1977 AFC – Denver Broncos 20, Oakland Raiders 17

Stabler started at quarterback.  He completed 17 of 35 passes for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

 

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XI – Oakland Raiders 32, Minnesota Vikings 14

Stabler started at quarterback.  He completed 12 of 19 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Ken Stabler's Career Highlights

All-League Teams  

All-Pro: 1974 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW)  ·  1976 (PW)

All-Pro Second Team: 1976  (AP, PFWA, NEA)

All-AFC: 1973 (AP)  · 1974 (AP, UPI, SN, PW)  · 1976 (SN, PW)

All-AFC Second Team: 1976 (UP)

 

Pro Bowls

(4) – 1974, 1975, 1977*, 1978

 * Did not play

           

In the NFL Record Book (at time of his retirement following 1984 season)

  • [2nd] Highest Completion Percentage, Career – 59.85

 

Post-Season Records

  • [1st] Most Consecutive Games with Touchdown Pass – 10
  • [3rd] Most Passes Attempted, Career – 351
  • [3rd] Most Passes Completed, Career – 203
  • [3rd] Most Passing Yards Gained, Career – 2,641
  • [Tied for 3rd] Most Touchdown Passes, Career – 19
  • [Tied for 3rd] Most Touchdown Passes, Game – 4 (vs. Miami, Dec. 21, 1974)

 

Team Records

Raiders’ records held by Stabler
(Records through the 1979 season, Stabler’s final season with Oakland)

 

  • [1st] Most Passes Attempted, Career – 2,481
  • [1st] Most Passes Completed, Career – 1,486
  • [1st] Most Passing Yards Gained, Career – 19,078
  • [1st] Most Touchdown Passes, Career – 150
  • [1st] Best Completion Percentage, Career – 59.9
  • [1st] Most Passes Attempted, Season – 498 (1979)
  • [1st] Most Interceptions, Career – 150
  • [1st] Most Passes Completed, Season – 304 (1979)
  • [1st] Most Passing Yards Gained, Season – 3,615  (1979)
  • [1st] Most Interceptions, Season – 30 (1978)
  • [1st] Best Completion Percentage, Season – 66.7 (1967)
  • [1st] Most Passes Attempted, Game – 47 (at New York Jets, Oct. 21, 1979; vs. Seattle, Dec. 16, 1979)
  • [1st] Most Completions, Game – 31 (vs. Seattle, Dec. 16, 1979)
  • [1st] Best Completion Percentage, Game – 91.7 (vs. Kansas City, Dec. 21, 1975)
  • [1st] Most Interceptions, Game – 7 (vs. Denver, Oct. 16, 1977)
  • [2nd] Best Completion Percentage, Season – 62.7 (1973)
  • [2nd] Most Completions, Game – 29 (at New York Jets, Oct. 21, 1979)
  • [2nd] Best Completion Percentage, Game – 90.9 (vs. Chicago, Dec. 17, 1972)
  • [2nd] Most 300-Yard Passing Games, Career – 8

 

Oilers' records held by Stabler

(Records through the 1981 season, Stabler’s final season with Houston)

 

  • [1st] Most Pass Completions, Season – 293 (1980)
  • [1st] Highest Pass Completion Percentage, Career – 60.2
  • [1st] Highest Pass Completion Percentage, Season – 64.1 (1980)
  • [2nd] Most Passing Yards, Season – 3,202 (1980)
  • [2nd] Most Pass Attempts, Season – 454 (1980)
  • [2nd] Most Pass Completions, Game – 33 (vs. New York Jets, Nov. 23, 1980)
  • [2nd] Most Interceptions, Season – 28 (1980)

 

Saints' records held by Stabler
(Records through the 1984 season, Stabler’s final season with New Orleans)

  • [1st] Highest Completion Percentage, Career - 57.2
  • [1st] Highest Completion Percentage, Season – 61.9 (1982)
  • [3rd] Most Yards Passing, Career – 3,670

 

League/Team Statistical Titles

NFL Statistical Championships

            Passing Leader: 1976

            Passing Touchdowns Leader: 1974, 1976
 

AFC Statistical Championships

            Passing Leader: 1973, 1976

            Passing Touchdowns Leader: 1974, 1976

Team Statistical Championships

Passing Leader: 1973Oak, 1974Oak, 1975Oak, 1976Oak, 1977Oak, 1978Oak, 1979Oak, 1980Hou, 1981Hou, 1982NO, 1983NO

 

Awards and Honors

  • 1970s All-Decade Team
  • 1974 NFL MVP/Player of the Year (AP, NEA)
  • 1974 AFC MVP/Player of the Year (UPI, SN)
  • 1974 Offensive MVP/Player of the Year (AP)
  • 1976 NFL MVP (MX)
  • 1976 AFC MVP/Player of the Year (SN)
  • 1976 Offensive MVP/Player of the Year (PW)

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1970       Oakland Raiders....................... 8-4-2    (1st)

1971       Oakland Raiders....................... 8-4-2    (2nd)

1972       Oakland Raiders..................... 10-3-1    (1st)

1973       Oakland Raiders....................... 9-4-1    (1st)

1974       Oakland Raiders..................... 12-2-0    (1st)

1975       Oakland Raiders..................... 11-3-0    (1st)

1976       Oakland Raiders..................... 13-1-0    (1st)

1977       Oakland Raiders..................... 11-3-0    (2nd)

1978       Oakland Raiders....................... 9-7-0    (2nd)

1979       Oakland Raiders....................... 9-7-0    (4th)

1980       Houston Oilers......................... 11-5-0    (2nd)

1981       Houston Oilers.......................... 7-9-0    (3rd)

1982       New Orleans Saints.................. 4-5-0    (9th*)

1983       New Orleans Saints.................. 8-8-0    (3rd)

1984       New Orleans Saints.................. 7-9-0    (3rd)

* NFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season.
(Division Finish in Parentheses)

CAREER CAPSULE

Ken Stabler's Career Capsule

Full Name: Kenneth Michael Stabler

Birthdate: December 25, 1945

Birthplace: Foley, Alabama

Died: July 8, 2015 at Gulfport, Mississippi

High School: Foley (AL)

Pro Career: 15 seasons, 184 games

Drafted: 2nd round (52nd overall) in 1968 by Oakland Raiders