Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ken Stabler Named Grand Marshal for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma

By Dan Harralson

Former Oakland Raiders and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Ken Stabler has been named the Grand Marshal for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on June 21. "I’m very honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Infineon Raceway. It will be great fun to be back in Northern California with good friends and great fans." Stabler spent ten years in Northern California with the Oakland Raiders. His accomplishments include: The 1974 NFL MVP; Super Bowl XI Champion; four-time Pro Bowler (1973, 1974, 1976, 1977); and the NFL 1970's All-Decade Team. Kenny "Snake" Stabler played under legendary coaches John Madden and Bear Bryant. At The University of Alabama, "Snake" composed a 28-3-2 career record as quarterback. He was a Freshman behind a Joe Namath led Tide team who won the 1964 National Championship. In 1965 Steve Sloan and Stabler split time as the quarterback, guiding Bama to their second consecutive National Championship. As a Junior, Stabler and the Tide went 11-0 and defeated Nebraska in the Sugar Bowl 34-7. Despite going undefeated, Alabama finished behind Notre Dame and Michigan State in the national polls. The race will begin at 2:30 PM CT and will be televised on TNT.

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