Legendary quarterback Ken Stabler has died from complications associated with colon cancer at the age of 69. Stabler played for the Oakland Raiders from 1970 to 1979.
He was named NFL MVP in 1974 and led the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory following the 1976 season. He was known for his clutch performances in the some of the most memorable games in the 1970's.
Stabler was also known for his lifestyle off the field. He heralded his night life exploits in his best-selling autobiography called "Snake," a nickname he earned during his days at the University of Alabama.
Stabler's family posted the following statement on a Facebook fan page: "He passed peacefully surrounded by the people he loved most, including his three daughters and longtime partner, as some of his favorite songs played in the background, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama.'"
John Madden was head coach of the Raiders while Stabler played for the team. Madden issued a heartfelt statement about Stabler's passing.
"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," Madden said. "Snake was a lot cooler that I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider."
The owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, said he and the Raiders are deeply saddened by Stabler's death.
"He was a cherished member of the Raider family and personified what it means to be a Raider. He wore the Silver and Black with Pride and Poise and will continue to live in the hearts of Raider fans everywhere," Davis said.