Roman Gabriel
American football player
Roman Gabriel
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.
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Dissecting the Irreversibly Altered Brain of a Pro Football Fan
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Our hour was up, and I happened to mention the Bears game as we walked off the court. My tennis partner smothered the endorphin glow by barking that responsible people ought to stop watching pro football, because -- well, because it's simply bad in just about every way. Intellectually, I didn't disagree. Several years ago, I added football to the list of things that never should have been invented: porn, boxing and booze. Still, I love football. "Get over it," my partner said. My tennis partner, and all the other tennis partners who we're hearing from in the conversation around the new film Concussion -- I fear these people aren't fully aware of what they're asking. Because they haven't examined the brain of a middle-aged NFL football fan. Let's get out the scalpel. *** I was a kid before ESPN came along and injected sports into every home. Our Hudson, Ohio home had music, so I took piano lessons. Dad was into antique cars, so I went to car shows. Both my ...
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Roman Gabriel III: Kids need role models to make right choices
Salisbury Post - almost 5 years
SALISBURY — Many things in Roman Gabriel III’s message are familiar. Give kids role models. Give them something to do. Have parents buy into the efforts to keep them away from drugs and alcohol. Have school assemblies, with strong video messages. Keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter. But the most refreshing, positive thing Gabriel says could easily be construed as a negative. But it has to be said, until it sinks in. We’re raising quitters. Coddled, entitled quitters. The first time kids run into adversity these days, they quit, Gabriel says, describing the entitlement society we have created where every kid expects a trophy no matter how he or she has performed. When they confront failure or don’t have something to keep their attention, they give up too easily, and things such as alcohol and drugs eventually step in as a crutch. Then they lose hope. That’s too simplified, I know, but for too long we’ve allowed kids to go undisciplined, disrespectful, unaccount ...
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Ashe Board Pitched Drug Education Program
Go Blue Ridge - almost 5 years
The Ashe County Board of Education heard a presentation by Mr. Roman Gabriel III on a program he has developed called, “Sold Out Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program”. During his presentation he shared that his program is designed to fill the void left due to reduced funding in programs such as DARE
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1966 Philadelphia Football Cards - The Cardboard Connection
Google News - over 5 years
One has Earl Morrall and his center Bob Scholtz, while the other shows Roman Gabriel handing off to Dick Bass. The first cards of the Atlanta Falcons appear in this set. As an expansion team, they have a logo card instead of a team card because there
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Jets QB Sanchez practices, ready for Week 2 - CBSSports.com
Google News - over 5 years
"He got knocked down about 10 times last week, so clearly, you don't want that to happen unless you had Roman Gabriel back there or something, who weighed like 280 [pounds]," Ryan said. "We need to do a better job of protecting him and we need to be
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Group pushes for Jackson's induction into Hall of Fame - Hattiesburg American
Google News - over 5 years
I got behind the defensive back but Roman Gabriel threw the ball short.” That play, however, may have been the start of something good. For Jackson, all 5-foot-9, 165 pounds of him, had blazing speed, and in the next decade and a half he used it to
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The Cotton Exchange - StarNewsOnline.com
Google News - over 5 years
The nominee must have been born or spent formative or creative years in the Cape Fear region, be nationally recognized and have accomplishments making a national impact on our cultural heritage. Roman Gabriel, Frank Capra Jr., David Brinkley,
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Prep Football: Salisbury to honor Price, Boyden champs - Salisbury Post
Google News - over 5 years
Line standouts included Bill Allen, Jim Edmiston and Sam Loflin. Boyden went 9-1-1. The loss was early — 26-20 to Wilmington New Hanover and Roman Gabriel. Playing at home, Boyden routed Fayetteville 21-0 in the rain for the 3A championship
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Volusia County public records for Sept. 6, 2011 - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
... Kyle Robert Rodeck, 27, DeBary, trafficking in a controlled substance; Steven Douglas Lewis, 28, Orange City, violation of probation, trafficking in a controlled substance; Roman Gabriel Christopher, 39, Daytona Beach, aggravated domestic stalking;
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Quarterback controversies still the rage, at UCLA and in LA - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Haden, James Harris, Ron Jaworksi, Joe Namath, Ferragamo, Dan Pastorini, Roman Gabriel, Bill Munson and others all played roles in the drama over the years. "There were guys who were for me and other guys who were not," Haden said. "I sensed that
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MATTER OF RECORD: August 14, 2011 - Odessa American
Google News - over 5 years
8: William W. McGraw and Susie L. Campos; Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. and Evelyn Armendariz-Valenzuela; Rusty J. Rocha and Cassandra D. Roman; Gabriel Sanchez and Isabel S. Jimenez. Aug. 9: Allen Michael R. Almuina and Marshella F. Martinez;
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25 years of Jamboree bring wild, weird to Legion Stadium - StarNewsOnline.com
Google News - over 5 years
Former NC State and NFL quarterback Roman Gabriel returns to Wilmington to kick off the Jamboree, and the East team responded with a 31-point victory. Hurricane Charley and tornadoes in Pender County combine with the Athens Olympics to overshadow the
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Waterfield one for ages, and HOF ? - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
(Norm Van Brocklin was second and Roman Gabriel third in the QB category.) • His private life: Hollywood and sports have a link to this day that began with the arrival of the Rams, back when Bob Hope and Bing Crosby were investors in LA's first pro
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New formula will redefine QBs - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
Well, in 1973, the year passer rating became an official stat, Roman Gabriel, then with the Eagles, led the league with 3219 passing yards, a total that would have ranked 18th in the NFL last year. A QB's passer rating is partly, often largely,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roman Gabriel
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 72
    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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  • FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Skyhawks disbanded shortly thereafter. Gabriel had a brief career in movies, playing a prison guard in Otto Preminger's 1968 spoof Skidoo and an American Indian named "Blue Boy" in the 1969 John Wayne film The Undefeated. Gabriel's dark complexion gave rise to a popular belief that he may really be a Native American, but this is not the case; he is actually Filipino American on his father's side and Irish-American on his mother's. Gabriel had previously appeared as a headhunter in the November 14, 1966 "Topsy-Turvey" episode of CBS' Gilligan's Island. Together with several of his Ram 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"
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    Gabriel was the last football coach at Cal Poly Pomona, where from 1980 to 1982 his teams compiled an 8–24 record.
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  • 1973
    Age 32
    In his last season, he backed up Ron Jaworski, who played for the Rams from 1973 to 1976.
    More Details Hide Details In his career he had a winning record of 86–64–7 and passes 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 though 1977 but his final two years were in a backup role.
  • 1972
    Age 31
    After the 1972 season, the Rams hired Chuck Knox as their new coach, and obtained John Hadl to be quarterback.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 29
    Still, the Rams, despite playing the league's toughest schedule, faced almost the same situation as in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details 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, 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 Prothro was fired.
    In 1970, the league realigned, putting the Rams in contention with the San Francisco 49ers for the new NFC West Division title.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
  • 1969
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1967
    Age 26
    The 1967 Rams finished as the highest scoring team in the NFL, but were eliminated from the playoffs by the Packers 28-7.
    More Details Hide Details 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 1967 the Rams went 11–1–2 and made the playoffs as NFL Coastal Division champions.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1966
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gabriel started all 14 games and the Rams went 8-6, their first winning season since 1958.
  • 1965
    Age 24
    Gabriel's significant wins include a 1965 victory to beat the eventual Champion Green Bay Packers and the 11–3 Cleveland Browns.
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  • 1962
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gabriel signed with the Rams and went on to a distinguished professional 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Gabriel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gabriel was born to Suzanne, an Irish-American woman, and Roman Gabriel, Sr., a Filipino immigrant, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Gabriel grew up poor and suffered from asthma. 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on August 5, 1940.
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