Ken Stabler banner at the Kingdome

“The Snake”

September 16, 1979 the Oakland Raiders blew into Seattle’s Kingdome and were treated to a typical rousing reception by the early 12th man Seahawk fans. Quarterback Ken Stabler, nicknamed “The Snake” was in his last year with the raiders and was under Seahawk defensive pressure the whole afternoon led by defensive tackle #74 Manu Tuiasosopo.  The Seahawks won 27-10 behind Jim Zorn and Steve Largent. Stabler, who was just recently nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was born on Christmas Day 1945 and died July 8, 2015 – too soon for one of the most colorful and controversial but talented quarterbacks to play in the NFL.

Ken Stabler throws
Oakland Raider quarterback Ken Stabler throws off his back foot during the September 16, 1979 game with the Seattle Seahawks in the Kingdome.

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Jeffrey Larsen

Retired photojournalist from Seattle Washington.