The Oakland Raiders have a long and storied history. Even after spending the past eleven years mired in mediocrity, the Raider Nation still has more positive years in the past to look back on than many teams in the NFL.
Earlier this week I took a look at every quarterback ever drafted by the Raiders in order to determine who was the best. After reviewing a rather painful list of bad to average quarterbacks, the winner was clear. Without a doubt, Ken “The Snake” Stabler is the best quarterback ever to be drafted by the Silver and Black.
Every Raiders fan knows that Stabler won a Super Bowl to go with his Pro Bowl and All Pro appearances, but what has Stabler been up to since he retired from professional football?
Like many former athletes, Stabler’s first stop was the broadcast booth. Stabler began as a color commentator on CBS before moving to radio and calling the Alabama Crimson Tide football games with co host Eli Gold. Stabler did this for years before finally retiring from the broadcast booth back in 2008.
But aside from broadcasting, he has also taken to charity like many former athletes. Stabler is the chairman of the XOXO Stabler Foundation which raises money for a number of good causes and has put on an annual golf tournament that has raised well over $600,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charity.
Finally, Stabler has also dabbled in writing children’s books with his 2006 debut, Roll Tide!
Though not in the NFL Hall of Fame, Stabler has been inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame and the Mobile Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. But despite his snub from the NFL Hall of Fame, he is clearly one of the all time greats in the eyes of Raiders fans.