NFL Legend Roman Gabriel dies at 83

 April 22, 2024

Roman Gabriel, the legendary National Football League (NFL) quarterback, has died at the age of 83. 

His passing was announced on Saturday, April 20, 2024, by his son Roman Gabriel III.

On his X account, he wrote, "I am sad to announce my father Roman Gabriel @RGabriel4HOF passed away peacefully this morning of natural causes at his home. The entire family asked for your prayers, and to please respect our privacy. I love you dad."

Who was Roman Gabriel?

Gabriel is most well known for the time that he spent playing for the Los Angeles Rams. ESPN reports the Rams picked him as the number two overall pick in the 1962 NFL Draft. He would remain there until 1973, when he joined the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to ESPN, Gabriel had a bit of a slow start with the Rams. "In his first five seasons with the Rams, Gabriel had a 19-17-1 record as the starter," the outlet writes.

In the latter half of the 1960s, however, Gabriel picked things up.

ESPN continues:

[In 1967], Gabriel earned his first Pro Bowl selection as he led the Rams to a 11-1-2 record. He threw for 2,779 yards, 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Gabriel earned his third consecutive Pro Bowl honor in 1969 along with winning the MVP award. During his MVP campaign, he helped Los Angeles to a 11-3 record and led the league with 24 touchdowns.

Gabriel kept this up after he joined the Eagles, where he would remain for five seasons before calling it quits in 1977.

A "Rams Legend"

ESPN reports that Gabriel finished his NFL career "with 29,444 passing yards, 201 touchdowns, and 149 interceptions."

He, according to the outlet, "remains the Rams' passing touchdown leader with 154 TDs."

Gabriel's former team, the Los Angeles Rams, has released a tribute to their former quarterback on their X account.

Alongside a picture of Gabriel from back in his playing days, the Rams wrote, "We mourn the loss of Rams legend and football pioneer, Roman Gabriel. We extend our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Gabriel has not been inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame, but he has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, for his time with North Carolina State.

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