Las Vegas Raiders Dream Team: All-Time Starting Offense
By Evan Groat
Quarterback: Ken Stabler (1970-1979)
Kenneth Michael Stabler, better known as “Snake,” was a second round draft pick by the Raiders in the1968 draft. After being drafted, he was sent to Spokane, Washington to play for the Spokane Shockers of the Continental Football League.
In 1969, Stabler stepped away from football, and upon a return to the Raiders in 1970, this is where his storied career began.
Stabler played 15 seasons in the NFL, ten of those with the Raiders. Stabler was known best for his flamboyant style of play, and was a left handed quarterback, something that is still rare in today’s NFL.
In ten seasons with the Raiders, Snake was a four-time Pro Bowler, once named to the All-Pro team, and in 1976, reached the pinnacle of the sport by leading the then-Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl championship.
On the list of Raiders all-time passing leaders, Stabler ranks second in yards (19,078), first in touchdown passes (150), third in pass completion percentage (59.9), and fourth in passer rating (80.2). He also defined what it meant to be a Raider.