While it comes sadly after his passing, Raiders fans may finally get to see their Super Bowl QB, Ken Stabler, go into the Hall of Fame, as today he was nominated as a senior member into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Senior Committee nominated former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler and former Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins guard Dick Stanfel for the Class of 2016.
The committee considers players who have been retired for more than 25 years.
When Stabler passed away at age 69 in early July, his candidacy for the Hall of Fame drew a groundswell of renewed support.
A member of the 1970s All-Decade Team, Stabler was arguably the NFL’s top quarterback from the time he assumed starting responsibilities in 1973 through 1977.
In that five-year span, Stabler captured an MVP award (1974) and a Super Bowl Ring (1976), leading the Raiders to the playoffs each year en route to a 50-11-1 regular-season record. Twice he led the league in touchdowns and completion percentage, while earning a reputation as a comeback artist as well as the most accurate passer in the game.
Because the Raiders were a mainstay in the playoffs and on national television — often against the dreaded rival Steelers — Stabler played a starring role in some of the most famous plays in history: “The Holy Roller,” “Ghost to the Post,” and the “Sea of Hands.” After Stabler’s 30-yard touchdown run appeared to seal a 1972 playoff victory for Oakland, Pittsburgh’s “Immaculate Reception” robbed him of another trip to the Super Bowl.