Roman Gabriel

Roman Ildonzo Gabriel Jr. (born August 5, 1940) is a former American football player. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) as a quarterback and is considered by many fans to have been one of the best players at that position during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was the second overall pick in the 1962 NFL Draft and played for the Los Angeles Rams for eleven seasons, then five seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is notable for being the first NFL quarterback of Filipino-American descent.[1]

Roman Gabriel
No. 5, 18
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:August 5, 1940 (age 78)
Wilmington, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:New Hanover
(Wilmington, North Carolina)
College:NC State
NFL Draft:1962 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
AFL draft:1962 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:4,498
Pass completions:2,366
Percentage:52.6
TDINT:201–149
Passing Yards:29,444
Passer rating:74.3
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Gabriel was born to Edna Mae Wyatt and Roman Ildonzo Gabriel Sr., a Filipino immigrant, in Wilmington, North Carolina.[2] Gabriel grew up poor and suffered from asthma.[3] Gabriel played high school football at New Hanover High School and graduated in 1958. He went on to star at quarterback at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

A two-time All-American and two-time ACC Player of the Year (1960–61), Gabriel finished his college career holding virtually every Wolfpack passing record. An academic All-American, Gabriel saw his jersey retired after his senior season and then presented to him by North Carolina governor Terry Sanford on January 20, 1962, at halftime of an NC State-Maryland basketball game in Reynolds Coliseum. As captain of his team, Gabriel set 22 school and nine conference football records. He threw for 2,961 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Known for his arm strength, he also played baseball and was voted the best amateur athlete in the Carolinas. In a three-year career, he passed for 20 touchdowns and ran for 15. The Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary Football Team was announced in 2003 and Gabriel was among the top 50 players in the history of the ACC to be listed.[4] Gabriel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Professional career

Gabriel was the number one 1962 AFL Draft pick, chosen by the Oakland Raiders, and was the number 2 1962 NFL Draft pick, selected by the Los Angeles Rams. Gabriel signed with the Rams and went on to a distinguished professional career.

NFL career

Gabriel wore the number 18 with the Rams and the number 5 with the Eagles. In the professional ranks Gabriel went on to play 16 seasons in the NFL, splitting time with the Los Angeles Rams (1962–72) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1973–77). He was awarded the NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 1969 and earned Pro Bowl spots in 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1973. When he retired, he ranked as the Rams' all-time passing leader with 22,223 yards and 154 touchdowns (1,705 com./3,313 att.) and threw for 7,221 yards and 45 touchdowns (661 com./1,185 att.) with the Eagles. In 1973, he led the NFL with 3,219 yards and 23 touchdown passes, for which he was awarded the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. As of the end of the 2016 NFL season, he still holds the Rams' career records for touchdown passes (154), passes attempted (3,313), and wins by a starting quarterback (74).

From 1962 through 1965, Gabriel had a difficult time securing a starting quarterback job. Ram coaches gave Zeke Bratkowski or Bill Munson the nod over Gabriel. However, due to other quarterbacks slumping or being injured, Gabriel did get to start 23 games from 1962 through 1965. The Rams record in those games was 11 wins, 11 losses, and one tie. Although his record as a starter was average, the other Rams quarterbacks who started the other 33 games combined record was only four wins, 27 losses and two ties. Gabriel's significant wins include a 1965 victory to beat the eventual Champion Green Bay Packers and the 11–3 Cleveland Browns.

When George Allen took over for Harland Svare to coach the Rams in 1966, one of his first moves was to make Gabriel the #1 starter. Gabriel started all 14 games and the Rams went 8-6, their first winning season since 1958. In 1967 the Rams went 11–1–2 and made the playoffs as NFL Coastal Division champions. Gabriel was named the AP Offensive Player of the Week the last two weeks of the season. In week 13, needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, Gabriel was 20 for 36 with 3 touchdowns (including the game winner in the last minute) in a 27–24 come from behind win over the defending champion Green Bay Packers. The next week, in a game against the Baltimore Colts that would decide the division title, Gabriel completed 18 of 22 passes with 3 touchdowns as the Rams won 34-10. The 1967 Rams finished as the highest scoring team in the NFL, but were eliminated from the playoffs by the Packers 28-7. Gabriel threw for 2,779 yards and 25 touchdowns and was a Second-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler.

The following season they were in another neck and neck battle for the Coastal Division title with the Colts. Going into the 13th game of the season, the Rams needed a win to stay within one-half game of the Colts, who would be coming to Los Angeles the following week for the season finale. However, the Rams took a 17–16 loss to the Chicago Bears.

In 1969 the Rams opened the season with an 11-game winning streak (still a team record), before suffering their first loss to the 10–1 Minnesota Vikings in Los Angeles by a score of 20–13. With the division clinched and the undefeated record gone, coach Allen decided to rest many of his starters and the Rams lost their last two games to finish 11–3. In a rematch with the Vikings in the playoffs in Minnesota, the Rams lost, 23–20. For the season, Gabriel threw 24 touchdowns and only seven interceptions and was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player by the AP and NEA, the Player of the Year by the UPI and was voted All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl.

In 1970, the league realigned, putting the Rams in contention with the San Francisco 49ers for the new NFC West Division title. After an upset loss at home to the lowly New York Jets (who were without the injured Joe Namath) in which Gabriel threw three interceptions, the Rams won three straight, including a crucial 30–13 win over the 49ers to take over first place. But a 28–23 week 13 loss to the Detroit Lions in the first Monday night football game in L.A. (despite over 300 yards passing from Gabriel), put the Rams back in 2nd place and left them a half game behind the Lions for the wild card playoff spot. The Rams won their finale at the New York Giants 31-3 (eliminating the Giants from playoff contention) but failed to make the playoffs as the Lions won to secure the wild card spot, and the 49ers won to clinch the NFC Western Division title. From 1967-70, Gabriel led the Rams to a 41-14-4 overall record, and was named to three Pro Bowls during that four-year span.

In 1971, the veteran Rams began to show their age and Gabriel missed parts of every game due to knee and shoulder injuries. In addition, coach George Allen left for the Redskins after a long running dispute with general manager Dan Reeves. Still, the Rams, despite playing the league's toughest schedule, faced almost the same situation as in 1970. After falling behind the 49ers in week 7, they rallied back to take the division lead going into another week 13 Monday night game in L.A. This time, the opponent was George Allen's Redskins. After falling behind 31–10, Gabriel led the Rams back to within 31-24 and was driving to a possible tying score when he was intercepted; it was returned for a touchdown and the Redskins won. Once again, the Rams fell into 2nd place behind the 49ers and behind the Redskins for the wild card berth. Despite winning in Pittsburgh in week 14, the 49ers came from behind to beat the Lions, 31–27 and win the division.

In 1972, Gabriel's knee and shoulder injury problems got worse. After making 89 consecutive starts over eight seasons,[5] he missed two games and lost playing time in all 12 others. Still, after a Monday night win in San Francisco in week 12, the Rams regained 1st place. But losses to the Cardinals and Lions in the final two weeks, in addition to a week 11 loss to the woeful Saints, doomed their season. The Rams finished 6–7–1 and coach Tommy Prothro was fired.

After the 1972 season, the Rams hired Chuck Knox as their new coach, and obtained John Hadl to be quarterback. After he threatened to accept a $100,000 contract with the Las Vegas Casinos of the Southwestern Football League in April 1973,[6] Gabriel was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gabriel improved a 2–11–1 Eagles team to a 5–8–1 record. Gabriel was voted to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time and was voted the "Comeback player of the Year" by Pro Football Weekly. For the 1973 Season Gabriel led the Eagles with 270 completions, 460 attempts and 3,219 yards and 23 touchdowns (all league highs) as the Eagles offense was the most prolific passing game in the NFL. Gabriel played through 1977 but his final two years were in a backup role. In his last season, he backed up Ron Jaworski, who had played for the Rams from 1973 to 1976.

In his career, he had a winning record of 86–64–7 and passed for over 29,000 yards and 201 touchdowns. He is the only quarterback from his era to still rank high in the "lowest interception percentage" category in NFL passing statistics. The Professional Football Researchers Association named Gabriel to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2013.[7]

After his playing career, he had a brief 2-year career as a member of the NFL on CBS broadcasting team from 1978 to 1979.

Coaching career

Gabriel was the last football coach at Cal Poly Pomona, where from 1980 to 1982 his teams compiled an 8–24 record.[8] On November 26, 1982, he resigned to become offensive coordinator with the Boston Breakers of the USFL.[9]

Gabriel was head coach of the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks of the World League of American Football.[10] He was the only coach who did not win a game in the inaugural 1991 season. The Skyhawks disbanded shortly thereafter.

Acting career

Gabriel had a brief career in movies, playing a prison guard in Otto Preminger's 1968 spoof Skidoo and a Native American named "Blue Boy" in the 1969 John Wayne and Rock Hudson film, The Undefeated. He had previously appeared as a headhunter in the November 14, 1966 "Topsy-Turvey" episode of CBS' Gilligan's Island.[11] With several of his Rams teammates, he made a cameo appearance as a football player in the 1965 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the 12th Wildcat.", as well as in 1970 on an Ironside episode, "Blackout." He was also on a 1978 episode of Wonder Woman, "The Deadly Sting."[12]

Head coaching record

College

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Cal Poly Pomona Broncos (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1980–1981)
1980 Cal Poly Pomona 3–7 0–2 3rd
1981 Cal Poly Pomona 4–7 1–1 2nd
Cal Poly Pomona Broncos (Western Football Conference) (1982)
1982 Cal Poly Pomona 1–10 1–3 4th
Cal Poly Pomona: 8–24 2–6
Total: 8–24

Awards

See also

References

  1. ^ Peng, Sheng (October 31, 2018). "The NFL's first Filipino-American quarterback's next challenge is the Hall of Fame". NBC News. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Zhao, Xiaojian; Ph.D, Edward J. W. Park. Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History [3 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History. ABC-CLIO. p. 447. ISBN 9781598842401. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Chi, Samuel (August 29, 2013). "Who Says Asians Can't Play American Football?". The Diplomat. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  4. ^ ACC.com
  5. ^ Favre above the pain
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Professional Researchers Association Hall of Very Good Class of 2013". Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Bronco Golf Classic Raises $27,000 For Scholarships". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  9. ^ "Roman Gabriel has resigned as head football coach". UPI. December 27, 1982. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks History". www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "Season 3, Episode 10 Topsy Turvy". TV Guide. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Roman Gabriel had an acting career?". 247sports.com. Retrieved February 25, 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Johnny Unitas
(88)
Consecutive starts by a quarterback in the NFL
(89)

1972–1983
Succeeded by
Joe Ferguson
(107)
1969 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1969 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 32nd year with the National Football League and the 24th season in Los Angeles.

1969 Pro Bowl

The 1969 Pro Bowl was the NFL's nineteenth annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1968 season. The game was played on Sunday, January 19, 1969, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The final score was West 10, East 7. Merlin Olsen of the Los Angeles Rams was selected as lineman for the game. Roman Gabriel of the Rams received the back of the game award.Attendance at the game was 32,050. The game was noteworthy because of the contributions of Los Angeles Rams players and their coach. George Allen, the coach of the Rams, had been fired after the season. But, after a great outcry from the fans, he was rehired by Rams management after the Pro Bowl. The coach of the East was Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys. The game ball was presented to Allen due to his trials in the previous weeks.

1970 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1970 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 33rd year with the National Football League and the 25th season in Los Angeles. The team looked to improve on its 11-3 record from 1969. However, the Rams missed their mark by two games, and finished with a respectable 9-4-1 record. Despite the winning record, the team missed the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 seasons.

1973 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1973 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise’s 41st in the National Football League. Although they improved upon their 2–11–1 record of the previous season, they failed to complete a winning record for the seventh consecutive season and failed to reach the playoffs for the thirteenth straight year.

1975 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1975 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise’s 43rd in the National Football League. 1975 was the third season under head coach Mike McCormack, but became the Eagles’ ninth consecutive season without a winning record. The Eagles also missed the playoffs for a fifteenth consecutive season, a franchise record. Following the season, McCormack was fired and replaced for 1976 by Dick Vermeil.

1980 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos football team

The 1980 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos football team represented California State Polytechnic University, Pomona during the 1980 NCAA Division II football season.

Cal Poly Pomona competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Cal Poly Pomona was led by first-year head coach Roman Gabriel. They played home games at Kellogg Field in Pomona, California. The Broncos finished the season with a record of three wins and seven losses (3–7, 0–2 CCAA). Overall, the team was outscored by its opponents 171–322 for the season. That included an 86-point defeat by a score of 93–7 at the hands of Portland State on October 25.

1981 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos football team

The 1981 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos football team represented California State Polytechnic University, Pomona during the 1981 NCAA Division II football season. In the penultimate season of its football program, Cal Poly Pomona competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

Cal Poly Pomona was led by second-year head coach Roman Gabriel, and home games were played at Kellogg Field in Pomona, California. The Broncos finished the season with a record of four wins and seven losses (4–7, 1–1 CCAA). Overall, the team was outscored by its opponents 175–236 for the season.

This was the last season for CCAA football; the Broncos played thirteen seasons (1969–1981) in the conference. All three football members (Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly (SLO), and Cal State Northridge) moved their programs to the new Western Football Conference in 1982.

1982 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos football team

The 1982 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos football team represented California State Polytechnic University, Pomona during the 1982 NCAA Division II football season. Cal Poly Pomona competed in the inaugural season of the Western Football Conference (WFC).

Cal Poly Pomona was led by third-year head coach Roman Gabriel. They played home games at Kellogg Field in Pomona, California. The Broncos finished the season with a record of one win and ten losses (1–10, 1–3 WFC). Overall, the team was outscored by its opponents 138–322 for the season.

1982 was the first season for the Western Football Conference. In its initial season, the WFC had five teams. Three of them were the last members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) (Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, and Cal Poly (SLO)). They were joined by Santa Clara and Portland State.

On December 1, 1982, Cal Poly Pomona announced that they were discontinuing their football program due to financial concerns. In its 36 years of play (1947–1982), the Broncos compiled a record of 143–190–9.

Bill Munson

William Alan Munson (August 11, 1941 – July 10, 2000) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1964 through 1979. He also played college football for Utah State where he set multiple passing records as a senior in 1963.

Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the 1964 NFL Draft, Munson was the Rams' starting quarterback in 1964 and 1965 and a backup to Roman Gabriel in 1966 and 1967. In 1968, Munson was traded to the Detroit Lions where he remained for eight seasons (1968–1975), competing all the while for the starting quarterback position with Greg Landry. Munson concluded his career as a backup quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks (1976), San Diego Chargers (1977), and Buffalo Bills (1978–1979).

In 16 NFL seasons, Munson appeared in 107 games, 66 of them as a starting quarterback. His teams compiled a 27–34–5 record in the 66 games he started. Munson completed 1,070 of 1,982 passes for 12,896 yards, 84 touchdowns, and 80 interceptions. He also accumulated 548 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on 130 carries.

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List of Sun Bowl broadcasters

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National Football League Most Valuable Player Award

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Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks

The Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks were an American football team headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina that played for one season in 1991 in the World League of American Football (WLAF). The name was inspired by the Wright brothers' flights on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The three jet-trails and three planes in flight, as well as the triangle design in the logo, represented the three points of the Research Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). The team's cheerleaders were known as the "Kittyhawks."

The name was chosen by Raleigh citizens, the choices being the Skyhawks, Daredevils, or Rogues as published in the News and Observer.

The Skyhawks' home field was N.C. State's Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Then-Charlotte Hornets owner George Shinn owned the franchise, and the head coach was former NFL player and N.C. State alumnus Roman Gabriel.

The team had a 0–10 record in the 1991 season and averaged 12,066 spectators per game due in part to the lack of beer sales, which were not allowed at on-campus Carter–Finley Stadium. The team folded after their lone season of 1991. To replace them for the 1992 season, the WLAF established a new franchise in Columbus, Ohio, naming it the Ohio Glory.

The Skyhawks' lack of success did not sour the NFL on the whole state, as in 1995, Charlotte welcomed the expansion Carolina Panthers franchise. Professional sports would return to the Triangle area eight years later when the Carolina Hurricanes moved there from Greensboro, North Carolina to play in their newly constructed arena.

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