TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama legend and former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler has died at the age of 69.
Stabler's family released a statement confirming the news via Facebook. According to the statement, Stabler "quietly battled Stage 4 colon cancer since being diagnosed in February 2015."
"We announce with great sadness that our father, Ken Stabler, passed away Wednesday, July 8 as a result of complications associated with colon cancer," the statement read. "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" and Van Morrison's "Leaves Falling Down."
The family also stated that Stabler requested that his brain and spinal cord be donated "to support research for degenerative brain disease in athletes."
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Stabler played for Alabama from 1964-67 under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. He took over the starting quarterback job in 1966, when he totaled 1,353 yards of offense and 12 touchdowns to lead the Tide to an 11-0 record.
Stabler's most memorable moment at Alabama came on a 53-yard touchdown to give the Tide a 7-3 victory over Auburn. The Iron Bowl sprint, titled "Run in the Mud," produced one of the most famous plays in the history of the series.
Stabler was taken by the Raiders as a second-round pick in 1968. He led the Raiders to a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. Stabler finished his pro career as a four-time Pro Bowler and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1970s.
Former Raiders coach John Madden released a statement through the team.
"I was head coach of the Raiders the entire time Kenny was there and he led us to a whole bunch of victories including one in Super Bowl XI," Madden said in the statement. "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. Snake was a lot cooler that I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders you think about Ken Stabler. Kenny loved life. It is a sad day for all Raiders."
Stabler is survived by his three daughters Kendra Stabler Moyes (husband, Scott), Alexa (fiancé, Hunter Adams) and Marissa; His grandsons Jack And Justin Moyes; Sister Carolyn Bishop; Nephew Scott Bishop; and great nephew and niece Tayler and Payton Bishop. He is preceded in death by his father, Leroy Stabler, and mother, Sally Stabler.
Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Marq Burnett at mburnett @Marq_Burnett.