It seemed for a while that this one might turn out to be of those false Internet obituaries—but, no, the Oakland Raiders have confirmed that quarterbacking great Kenny "the Snake" Stabler is dead at age 69. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer in February, reports the Oakland Tribune. Stabler starred at Alabama in college, then got drafted by the Raiders. He led the team to five straight AFC title games, including a victory in Super Bowl XI in 1977. "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," says former coach John Madden, per AP.
"Snake was a lot cooler than I was," he adds. "He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider." Stabler, who was league MVP in 1974, played 10 seasons with the Raiders and another five with Houston and New Orleans. He passed for 27,938 yards, 2,270 completions, and 194 touchdowns. "He wore the Silver and Black with Pride and Poise and will continue to live in the hearts of Raider fans everywhere," says team owner Mark Davis.