Former Alabama quarterback Ken Stabler was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2016 class.
Though Stabler, who was nicknamed “The Snake” and known for his gunslinger mentality in the era of run-first football, passed away at the age of 69 in July of 2015, his family was there to represent the former Crimson Tide signal caller at the hall of fame ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
In the days following, Kendra Stabler Moyes, who is one of Stabler’s three daughters, received a heartwarming note from the desk of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney.
She shared it on Twitter for the world to see on Wednesday afternoon:
— Kendra Stabler Moyes (@KendraSMoyes) August 17, 2016
Quarterbacking the rival Oakland Raiders from 1970-79, there is little doubt that Stabler earned the respect of the Steel Curtain and its fans during his hall of fame pro career.
For example, in Week 1 of the 1976 NFL season, Stabler led the Raiders to a come-from-behind victory over the Steelers, who were the defending Super Bowl champions. It was a sign of good things to come for Stabler’s crew, as he guided the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory of their own that season.
Here’s a look at some highlights from that game:
Stabler played for Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama from 1965-67 before becoming a second-round selection in the 1968 NFL Draft.