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I was born in 1966 and we moved to Atlanta are when I was only 4 years old in 1970. I probably became interested in pro football by the time I was 7 years old in 1973. The 1970's were dominated by a handful of teams - Steelers, Cowboys, Dolphins, Vikings and Raiders - it was really a golden age of football as there was not much parity but these teams above and a handful of others were really good - and each team really seemed to have their own style.

While I quickly became a Falcon fan, the 70's were mostly forgettable as a Falcon fan except for one year when we had a really boss defense in the Humphrey/Zook days.

By 1975, I had adopted the Raiders as my favorite "non-Atlanta" team. They were a collection of misfit toys that were assembled together - guys with swagger, toughness and a willingness to play to the whistle and a little past and a desire to just go out and kick total azz. There were guys like Dave Casper(TE), Fred Bilitenkoff(WR), Cliff Branch(WR), Gene Upshaw(OL), Art Shell(OL), Mark Van Eegan(FB), Ted Hendricks(LB), Phil Villipiano(LB), Otis Sistrunk(DE), Jon Matuzak(DE), Willie Brown(CB), George Atkinson(SS), and Jack Tatum(FS) - these guys were straight nasty!

Well the leader of them all was the Quarterback himself - Kenny "The Snake" Stabler. He grew up in the country in Foley, Alabama and played for none other than Bear Bryant at Roll **** Tide Nation - Bear Bryant said he was the best QB he ever had - and that is saying something. Stabler had the long hair, the beard and the confident swagger that seemed out-of-place to go with his country boy southern twang - but make no mistake - Stabler was a competitor through and through and had nerves of steel - with the game on the line, you wanted the ball in #12's hands - he was a riverboat gambler. Stabler was one of the first QBs that called his own plays. While his stats were not prolific, Ken Stabler had a HOF career in an age where QB stats don't stack up to today's game.

Stabler led the Oakland Raiders to a SuperBowl victory in the 1976/1977 season where they crushed Fran Tarkenton and the Minnesota Vikings in Superbowl XI. Had it not been for the Steelers and Dolphins excellent teams, Stabler could have had another 2-3 more SB wins - they were always in the mix and a tough out.

Stabler passed away yesterday at the age of 69 from colon cancer. He will be missed.

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One of my favorites. R.I.P.. Met him at old Fulton County Stadium when he was broadcasting the game on radio. We had a few drinks and shot the shat. He was COOL. Dam shame those bastads didn't put him in the hall while he was alive.

so jealous - that would have been cool to sit down and have a drink with the Snake - God rest his soul.

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btw you 40+ yr olds, get your azz checked out w/ a colonoscopy every 5 years - it sucks but better than dying. I get to experience the joy of this fun procedure in 10 days.

Very curable disease if caught early - but us men hate going to the doc - especially azz related.

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btw you 40+ yr olds, get your azz checked out w/ a colonoscopy every 5 years - it sucks but better than dying. I get to experience the joy of this fun procedure in 10 days.

Very curable disease if caught early - but us men hate going to the doc - especially azz related.

Agreed.

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I was born in GA, but grew up in Santa Cara less than 10 minutes from where Levi stadium was built. I was a huge Raider fan growing up. I still have my silver and black attack shirt packed away somewhere. Then Mr Davis %$#ed us fans and moved to LA. The Snake was one of the best. He will be missed.

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It was! I just lucked out. With the right friends of course. Also met Summerall (sp.) and saw Brent musberger.

I sat next to Summerall in first class from ATL to CHI - looked over before we took off and said "are you Pat Summerall?" - in the trademark deep voice he say "yes" - he was drinking his orange juice and vodka - i could tell he did not want to be bothered so that was all that was said - dude is tall - like 6'4" - I'm 6'0" and felt like a midget next to him.

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I sat next to Summerall in first class from ATL to CHI - looked over before we took off and said "are you Pat Summerall?" - in the trademark deep voice he say "yes" - he was drinking his orange juice and vodka - i could tell he did not want to be bothered so that was all that was said - dude is tall - like 6'4" - I'm 6'0" and felt like a midget next to him.

Cool!

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I was born in 1966 and we moved to Atlanta are when I was only 4 years old in 1970. I probably became interested in pro football by the time I was 7 years old in 1973. The 1970's were dominated by a handful of teams - Steelers, Cowboys, Dolphins, Vikings and Raiders - it was really a golden age of football as there was not much parity but these teams above and a handful of others were really good - and each team really seemed to have their own style.

While I quickly became a Falcon fan, the 70's were mostly forgettable as a Falcon fan except for one year when we had a really boss defense in the Humphrey/Zook days.

By 1975, I had adopted the Raiders as my favorite "non-Atlanta" team. They were a collection of misfit toys that were assembled together - guys with swagger, toughness and a willingness to play to the whistle and a little past and a desire to just go out and kick total azz. There were guys like Dave Casper(TE), Fred Bilitenkoff(WR), Cliff Branch(WR), Gene Upshaw(OL), Art Shell(OL), Mark Van Eegan(FB), Ted Hendricks(LB), Phil Villipiano(LB), Otis Sistrunk(DE), Jon Matuzak(DE), Willie Brown(CB), George Atkinson(SS), and Jack Tatum(FS) - these guys were straight nasty!

Well the leader of them all was the Quarterback himself - Kenny "The Snake" Stabler. He grew up in the country in Foley, Alabama and played for none other than Bear Bryant at Roll **** Tide Nation - Bear Bryant said he was the best QB he ever had - and that is saying something. Stabler had the long hair, the beard and the confident swagger that seemed out-of-place to go with his country boy southern twang - but make no mistake - Stabler was a competitor through and through and had nerves of steel - with the game on the line, you wanted the ball in #12's hands - he was a riverboat gambler. Stabler was one of the first QBs that called his own plays. While his stats were not prolific, Ken Stabler had a HOF career in an age where QB stats don't stack up to today's game.

Stabler led the Oakland Raiders to a SuperBowl victory in the 1976/1977 season where they crushed Fran Tarkenton and the Minnesota Vikings in Superbowl XI. Had it not been for the Steelers and Dolphins excellent teams, Stabler could have had another 2-3 more SB wins - they were always in the mix and a tough out.

Stabler passed away yesterday at the age of 69 from colon cancer. He will be missed.

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Man that list of dudes just brings back memories. The list of names you mention above were the very guys who actually burned in the legend of nastiness that lives today!!! Straight nasty is right man... rest easy snake you were one fierce competitor!!

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There is a special on one of the sports channels that has been looped this weekend showing an exciting 1977 playoff game between the Baltimore Colts and the Oakland Raiders. It is the famous "Ghost to the Post" game with Dave Casper catching the winning touchdown in double overtime in a great game. Ken Stabler is featured prominently but there is a lot of information about both teams and the high quality of both rosters is highlighted.

(Matt Ryan and the Falcons desperately need a skilled tight end like Casper.)

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