Football legend Ken “Snake” Stabler and long time supporter of Thomas “Moose” Praytor lost his battle with colon cancer this week. Stabler’s extraordinary career began under the watchful eye of Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama before heading to a Super Bowl Championship with the Oakland Raiders.
After football Stabler headed to the broadcast booth with CBS and as a color commentator for Alabama Football. Stabler had many business interest including his Legend Cellars Wine Collection that sponsored Praytor’s Late Models on the Gulf Coast.
“What an honor it was to carry Stabler’s Crimson 12 on our cars. Mr. Ken was much more than a sponsor he became part of our team,” said Praytor. “It was an incredible experience to have a Super Bowl Champion with our team offering encouragement no matter what kind of night we were having. He was so cool, what great stories it was a privilege to spend time with him, sure going to miss Mr. Ken.”
During the July 17th race at Iowa Speedway the DK-LOK Ford will carry a special Ken Stabler Championship Wine Label on the car to celebrate the incredible life of the “Snake”.
Funeral arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the XOXO Stabler Foundation to support research of colon cancer and sports-related head trauma.
Stabler is survived by his three daughters Kendra Stabler Moyes (husband, Scott), Alexa (fiance’, Hunter Adams) and Marissa; his grandsons Jack and Justin Moyes; sister Carolyn Bishop; nephew Scott Bishop; and great nephew and niece Tayler and Payton Bishop. He is preceded in death by his father, Leroy Stabler, and mother, Sally Stabler.”