Former Saints kicker Morten Andersen, who was a finalist for the third straight year, was not elected.
Stabler, who passed away in July, 2015, played for the Saints from 1982-84 and handled starting duties for the club from 1982-83. In 1982, he was signed by Head Coach Bum Phillips and quarterbacked New Orleans to a 4-5 record as the Saints narrowly missed the playoffs through tiebreakers. In 1983 under his leadership, the Saints finished 8-8 for the second time in franchise history under the Foley, Ala. native’s leadership.
Originally selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 1968 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama, Stabler first assumed starting duties for the Raiders in 1973. He was named AFC Player of the Year in 1974 and 1976. In 1976, Stabler completed 194 of 291 passes (66.7%) for 2,737 yards with 27 touchdowns and a 103.4 passer rating, leading the league in completion percentage and passer rating, as he led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, a 32-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings. In 15 NFL seasons with the Saints, Raiders (1970-79) and Houston Oilers (1980-81), he played in 184 career games with 146 starts and completed 2,270 of 3,793 passes for 27,938 yards with 194 touchdowns.