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Reflecting on former Alabama QB Ken Stabler

Former Oakland Raiders and Alabama quarterback Ken Stabler died Wednesday from complications resulting from Stage 4 colon cancer. The Foley, Alabama native played for the Crimson Tide under legendary coach Bear Bryant from 1964-67.

Nicknamed "The Snake," Stabler remains one of the most decorated Alabama football players of all time.

AL.com caught up with a few people who knew Stabler and had them reflect on the man and the football player.

Here's a little of what Eli Gold, the voice of the Alabama Crimson Tide, said about Stabler:

"When you talk about a proud university like Alabama and start ticking off the great names, there are so many. The first that people mention -- Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, Bob Baumhower, Dwight Stevenson -- he's right there at the head of that list of the immediately remembered people. That right there is the significance he brings. Everybody knew him and liked him. That's one of the things I saw first-hand, traveling the country with Snake, going through the airports. It was like traveling with Paul McCartney."

Here's more social media reactions to Stabler's passing.