CANTON, Ohio -- Ken Stabler, one of the first great left-handed NFL quarterbacks, has been inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Nicknamed "Snake" for his elusiveness on and off the field, Stabler helped the 1970s Oakland Raiders win their first Super Bowl and make it to four other conference championship games in a five-year span.
Stabler, who died last year, was elected by the Seniors Committee. He was known for some of the biggest plays in Raiders history: scoring a go-ahead touchdown in the 1972 "Immaculate Reception" playoff loss against Pittsburgh; throwing a late TD pass that Clarence Davis caught in a "Sea of Hands" to beat defending champion Miami the next season; and his intentional fumble forward in the closing seconds of a game against San Diego in 1978 that led to a touchdown - the "Holy Roller" play - and to a rule change.
He was presented via video by Hall of Fame coach John Madden.
"Whatever the thing was, that focus, concentration, competiveness, he could just step up a notch when you needed it," Madden said.