Stabler, Stanfel senior finalists for Hall of Fame

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 19, 2015 at 3:20 p.m.



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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel were selected Wednesday as senior finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016.

Stabler and Stanfel, who both died this year, were picked by the Hall's Seniors Committee.

Drafted in the second round by Oakland out of Alabama in 1968, the left-handed Stabler was known for his accuracy, clutch performances — and off-field exploits. He compiled a .661 winning percentage over his 15-season career with the Raiders (1970-79), Oilers (1980-81) and Saints (1982-84). Nicknamed "Snake," Stabler was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1974.

Stanfel was selected in the second round in 1951 by Detroit. In seven pro seasons, the final three with Washington, he was one of the NFL's best blockers, making the 1950s All-Decade Team. He made four Pro Bowls.

Voting for next year's class will be held on Feb. 6 in San Francisco.

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