SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Hall of Fame NFL coach of the Oakland Raiders and KCBS Radio contributor John Madden issued a statement following the death of one of the Raider greats, Ken Stabler.

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“I was head coach of the Raiders the entire time Kenny was there and he led us to a whole bunch of victories including one in Super Bowl XI.  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 that [sic] I was.  He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders you think about Ken Stabler.  Kenny loved life.  It is a sad day for all Raiders.”

Raiders team owner Mark Davis said in a statement that Stabler personified what it meant to be a Raider and “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.”

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Stabler led the Raiders to a championship in Super Bowl XI in January of 1977. He was known for his late-game comeback drives, his stillness in the pocket as defensive linemen and his blockers battled around him, and his hard-partying ways.

 

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