Roman Gabriel

Football Player
Born Aug 5, 1940

Roman Ildonzo Gabriel, Jr. is a former American football player. The son of a Filipino immigrant, he was the first Asian-American to start as an NFL quarterback and is considered by many to have been one of the best players at that position during the late 1960s and early 70s. Gabriel attended and played high school football at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina.… Read More

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1940 Birth Born on August 5, 1940.


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. … Read More
1965 24 Years Old …  Gabriel's significant wins include a 1965 victory to beat the eventual Champion Green Bay Packers and the 11–3 Cleveland Browns.
1966 25 Years Old 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. … Read More
1967 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967 the Rams went 11–1–2 and made the playoffs as NFL Coastal Division champions. … Read More
1969 28 Years Old 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. … Read More
1970 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1970, the league realigned, putting the Rams in contention with the San Francisco 49ers for the new NFC West Division title. … Read More


1972 31 Years Old After the 1972 season, the Rams hired Chuck Knox as their new coach, and obtained John Hadl to be quarterback.
1973 32 Years Old 1 More Event
After he threatened to accept a $100,000 contract with the Las Vegas Casinos of the Southwestern Football League in April 1973, Gabriel was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for 1973. … Read More
1980 39 Years Old Gabriel was the last football coach at Cal Poly Pomona, where from 1980 to 1982 his teams compiled an 8–24 record.


1991 50 Years Old Gabriel was head coach of the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks of the World League of American Football. He was the only coach who did not win a game in the inaugural 1991 season. … Read More


2013 72 Years Old As of the end of the 2013 NFL season, he still holds the Rams' career records for touchdown passes (154), passes attempted (3,313), and wins by a starting quarterback (74).
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