Before Kenny Stabler won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders in 1976, was named league MVP in ’74 and was selected to four Pro Bowls – and before he became my Uncle Todd’s favorite player – he was a star quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
One thing that can make a football player a star with Bama fans is beating Auburn. In the 1967, Stabler did just that.
Trailing 3-0 in the fourth quarter in a torrential downpour, Stabler ran an option around the right side of the field, sloshed through the mud at Birmingham’s Legion Field and scored a 53-yard touchdown that turned out to be the game winner.
Alabama, 7-1-1 and ranked 8th in the nation going into the game, beat Auburn 7-3. Stabler’s scramble soon became called “The Run in the Mud.”
Stabler, 69, died Thursday of complications from colon cancer.