Just a dozen days until the Raiders kick off the 2017 season. There is no one wearing the number 12 right now in Silver & Black. It’s just as well, because today should be all about this man.
Who wore it best: QB Ken Stabler (1970-79)
While "The Snake" was at the helm of the Raiders, they rarely lost. He had a career record of 69-26 in over ten seasons in Silver & Black. The 1970 second round pick took over as the full time starter in 1973 and in over the next seven seasons he took them to the playoffs six times with a playoff record of 7-5 and a Super Bowl win following the 1976 season. In that Super Bowl run, everyone knew the bigger game was the 24-7 win over the Steelers in the AFC Championship game prompting Al Davis to engrave the score of that game on the Super Bowl rings.
His head coach John Madden said of Stabler; "He was probably involved in more games that have names than anyone." Games like ‘The Sea of Hands’, ‘Ghost to the Post’, ‘Holy Roller’, and ‘Immaculate Reception’ all involved Ken Stabler heroics.
Stabler defined an era of football and launched a dynasty in Oakland. He is an icon of the NFL and was beloved by all who played with him or most anyone who knew him off the field.
In 2015, shortly after Stabler’s death of cancer, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Senior Committee finally did right by him and made him a 2016 Hall of Fame inductee. It's just too bad the legendary quarterback was not alive to accept his bust in person. He deserved to have this moment.