A portrait of Ken Stabler will be unveiled at Alabama on Saturday.
To honor the former quarterback, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame posthumously earlier this month, the Stabler family and portrait artist Steven Skipper collaborated on a portrait that will be introduced at 6 p.m. CT Saturday in a ceremony at the Bryant Museum at the University of Alabama.
Here’s a description of Stabler from a release about the event from the school:
Champions and trailblazers always carve out a niche in the memory of those who knew them or, in the sports world, those who competed with and against them, as well as the millions who saw them in their prime. However, few sports figures in the United States from the 1960s to the 1980s were as recognizable to such a wide swath of the American public as former Crimson Tide quarterback Kenny Stabler. … Kenny was the prototype of the charismatic football hero. Fun loving off the field and on but, when it came crunch time, serious and poised and able to lead a group of men to achieve the seemingly impossible.
Stabler, who became one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks as part of the Raiders, died July 8, 2015, due to complications from colon cancer. He was 69.
Stabler starred at Alabama from 1965 to 1967, amassing 2,196 passing yards. “The Snake” will never be forgotten.