Quarterback Ken Stabler and Coach John Madden
The late Ken Stabler's wait to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame is nearly over, and Thursday morning it was announced his former coach – and fellow member of the most elite club in professional football – John Madden would be presenting him.
Stabler and Madden spent nine years together in Silver and Black, earning six playoff appearances, and eventually capturing the Super Bowl XI title with a 32-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings where "The Snake" threw for 180 yards and one touchdown.
"In the big games he was big; in the tough games he was tough," said Madden about Stabler last year. "The hot games, when it really got heated, he was the coolest guy on the field. That's why he played in so many big games, and won so many big games right here, because when you need a play, 'Snake' always made the play. I always said, if I had one quarterback that I had to play in a game, to make a drive the length of the field at the end of the game, to win that game, that guy would be Ken Stabler, number 12, The Snake."
While Madden will technically be presenting Stabler, he won't be doing so in person – instead the Hall of Fame coach will be sending along a video to be played during the ceremony.
The actual induction ceremony will be held Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio, and will honor the eight men that make up The Class of 2016 which features quarterback Brett Favre and coach Tony Dungy.