Famed Oakland Raider QB Ken Stabler Dies at 69

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Quarterback Ken Stabler of the Oakland Raiders prepares to pass the ball during a game against the Cleveland Browns at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders won the game 19-14. (Credit: Allsport /A)

Ken Stabler, among the greatest quarterbacks in Oakland Raiders history, died Wednesday of complications from colon cancer. He was 69.

Stabler’s family confirmed his death in a Facebook post.

“He passed peacefully surrounded by the people he loved most,” the statement read, “including his three daughters and longtime partner, as some of his favorite songs played in the background, such as Lynard Skynard’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and Van Morrison’s ‘Leaves Falling Down.'”

Stabler, a former Alabama standout nicknamed “The Snake” for his elusiveness on the field, played for the Raiders from 1970-79, the Houston Oilers from 1980-81, and the New Orleans Saints from 1982-84.

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