Ken Stabler Presenter Speech

Ken Stabler Enshrinement Speech 2016

Presenter: John Madden

 

Voice:

Touchdown Raiders.

Narrator:

Throughout their colorful and illustrious history, the raiders have famously pursued a commitment to excellence and no player in franchise history has fulfilled that commitment quite like Ken the snake Stabler. The legendary lefty grew up in Foley, Alabama bypassing minor league baseball contract offers from the Yankees and Astros to play for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama.

Voice:

Stabler scrambles, avoids tacklers and again throws to Perkins for another 45-yard scoring play.

Narrator:

He finished with an 18 to 1 record as a starter for the Tide providing a glimpse of what was to come.

Voice:

Kenny the snake Stabler keeps the ball sweeps left then….

Narrator:

Stabler became a Raider in 1968, Al Davis’s Raiders were a unique franchise carrying themselves with a swagger and toughness that had an intimidating effect on opponents. The snake bit right in. Stabler’s exclusive scrambling style made him a dangerous playmaker through the air and on the ground and his confident demeanor was a perfect fit for the tough take-no-prisoners mentality of the 1970s Raiders.

Voice:

And Stabler was on the money. And the Raiders have closed this one out…

Narrator:

He would be slowed by a series of knee injuries but in fitting Stabler fashion, he learned to improvise. Though the once frequent scrambler reinvented himself as a more traditional drop-back passer. The results were the same.

John Madden:

Whatever that thing was that focused that concentration, that competitiveness, he could just step it up a notch when you needed it.

Voice:

Stabler rolling to the left, he’s gonna go, touchdown Oakland.

Narrator:

Under the tutelage of head coach John Madden, Stabler’s Raiders were a postseason fixture in 1972. Oakland engaged in a memorable playoff struggle with the eventual champion Pittsburgh Steelers. It would go down as one of the most famous games in sports history.

Voice:

Stabler to pass, steps away from the rush, he’s gonna run up the left side, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5 touchdown. Kenny Stabler goes all the way.

Narrator:

After leading the league in passing touchdowns, Stabler was named league MVP in 1974. He again led the league in touchdown passes in 1976 taking the Raiders to Super Bowl LIII.

Voice:

These are hungry football teams and the world awaits to find out who is going to wear that Super Bowl ring.

Narrator:

There he faced off against Minnesota famed purple people leaders defense and future Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton. Stabler was unfazed marching his team up and down the field in a second quarter flurry that broke the game open.

Kenny Stabler:

I don’t know how to describe this feeling, it’s unbelievable, it’s more than I expected. 

Narrator:

Super Bowl LIII was part of a historic Oakland run. The Raiders won five consecutive AFC West Titles and Stabler became the first quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger to take his team to five straight conference title games. Stabler reached four Pro Bowls in his 15 NFL seasons. He remains the Raiders all-time franchise leader in wins, passing yards and passing touchdowns. But beyond the stats Stabler also exemplified the best of what the Raiders aspired to be.

Voice:

Touchdown Raiders.

John Madden:

I always said that if I had one Quarterback to make a drive the length of the field at the end of the game to win that game that guy would be Ken Stabler, number 12. We miss you, love you and will see you in the Hall of Fame.

Narrator:

He was tough, he was confident, and he was a devoted fixture in the city of Oakland. Stabler remains a symbol of that golden era and iconic representation of excellence so frequently sought and for a few rare individuals memorably found.

John Madden:

It is my pleasure to present for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, my friend Ken Stabler.



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