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Raiders enter camp with 'chip' on shoulders There was a common theme to the players the Oakland Raiders brought in this offseason. Discarded or unwanted by their former teams, players with a history of success in the NFL talked about the motivation of having a ''chip on the shoulder'' when they arrived in Oakland. ''Everybody here has something to prove and they're going to work and we all know we have something left,'' new running back ...

Oakland Raiders' 2014 Training Camp to-Do List The Oakland Raiders have had an eventful and ultimately successful offseason. After adding several respected free agents and putting together an impressive draft class , the team looks to be vastly improved—at least on paper. Of course, that doesn't mean anything if the team can't fulfill that promise on the field. A successful training camp is absolutely crucial for the Raiders. With so many ...

Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers Could Share Home Stadium The Oakland Raiders are having landlord issues. You know, the kind that make you want to move out and find new digs. Now, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has stepped in and suggested that the Oakland Raiders’ solution — or at least temporary solution — might be to find a new roommate. And who does the

Marcus Allen sees back Raiders in L.A. While the Oakland Raiders' longterm plans for a home are muddy as ever -- the powers that be seem more interested in getting something done first for Major League Baseball’s Athletics at O.co Coliseum -- a Raiders Hall of Famer thinks he can clear the waters. Marcus Allen, the franchise’s brightest star in the Raiders’ star-crossed 13-year sojourn in Southern California, can see his first NFL ...

Oakland Raiders' veterans out to prove they're not washed up yet (2014 NFL training camp) Oakland Raiders open training camp on Thursday. Check out some of the biggest questions facing the Raiders in their road to play with a "chip on their shoulder."

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Marcus Allen: Raiders should return to L.A. Marcus Allen, the franchise's brightest star in the Raiders' star-crossed 13-year sojourn in Southern California, says he can see his first NFL team returning to Los Angeles.

Raiders' owner Mark Davis looking for better results As Oakland Raiders report to training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott on Wednesday, coach Dennis Allen is on the hot seat.

Predicting the Winners of the Oakland Raiders' Biggest Training Camp Battles The Oakland Raiders kick off training camp this week, and with it begin some interesting position battles to keep an eye on throughout the preseason. There should be much more roster competition this year than there was in years past, and that goes a long way toward showing just how much the Raiders’ overall talent has improved in a short period of time. Most of the competition will come at the ...

New Raider Veteran Players Seeking To Prove Doubters Wrong Discarded or unwanted by their former teams, players with a history of success in the NFL talked about the motivation of having a "chip on the shoulder" when they arrived in Oakland.

Ken Stabler
 Ken Stabler

"Snake" was at the forefront of the Oakland Raiders glory years under Coach John Madden. In his 10 Raider years, the left handed All-America quarterback from Alabama was named to the Pro Bowl five times ('73 to '77) passed for more than 200 yards 36 times in league play, in 1977 led the Raiders to Super Bowl victory over Minnesota. While a Raider he set a record of 143 attempts without an interception, completed 1,182 passes for a Raider record. Enshrined into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Kenny "The Snake" Stabler (born December 25, 1945) is a former American football quarterback who played quarterback at the University of Alabama and for the Oakland Raiders under coach John Madden (1970-1984). He is left-handed, and at the time of his pro career left-handed quarterbacks were looked on as being unsuitable for professional football, with a variety of semi-credible excuses being given for this view. One such was that the spin on passes would be the reverse of "normal", resulting in problems for receivers.

Born on Christmas Day 1945 in Foley, Alabama, the left-handed Stabler became a highly touted football player in high school, earning the nickname "The Snake" from his coach after a long, winding touchdown run. He was recruited by Alabama's Paul "Bear" Bryant and joined the team in 1964. In 1965 he led Alabama to a national championship. He finished his career with the Crimson Tide in 1967, having compiled a 28-3-2 record as a starter. He was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft in 1968. Stabler first made his mark in the NFL in a 1972 playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After entering the game in relief of Daryle Lamonica, he scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard scramble. The Steelers, however, came back to win on a controversial, deflected pass from Terry Bradshaw to Franco Harris, known in football lore as The Immaculate Reception.

After suffering severe knee injuries, Stabler became less a scrambling quarterback and more a classic, drop-back passer, known for deadly-accurate passes in the 10-to-20 yard range and an uncanny ability to lead late, come-from-behind drives. During the peak of his career he had an impressive receiving corps consisting of sprinter Cliff Branch, sure-handed possession receiver Fred Biletnikoff, and Hall-of-Fame tight end Dave Casper. As a starter in Oakland, Stabler was named AFC player of the year in 1974 and 1976, and was the NFL's passing champion in 1976. In 1977 he guided the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, after a narrow playoff victory over the New England Patriots in which he scored the winning touchdown on a surprise quarterback keeper. In the 1977 AFC Playoffs against the Baltimore Colts he threw a crucial 4th quarter pass to Dave Casper that set up a game tying field goal that sent into overtime in which the Raiders eventually won; that incredible 4th quarter pass was dubbed The Ghost To The Post.

In 1980 he was traded to the Houston Oilers for Dan Pastorini, whom Raiders' owner Al Davis regarded as a more effective deep passer. The Oilers in turn saw Stabler as the missing ingredient that could finally get them past the Steelers and into the Super Bowl. Ironically, Pastorini lost the starting job in Oakland to Jim Plunkett after an injury, and Plunkett then led the Raiders over Stabler and the Oilers in the playoffs. Stabler played one more season with Houston and then finished his NFL career with a three-year stint with the New Orleans Saints.

He currently provides color commentary alongside Eli Gold for broadcasts of Alabama football.

 


 

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