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Roman Gabriel, former NC State quarterback and professional who was the AP NFL MVP in 1969, dies at 83

Roman Gabriel, the former North Carolina State quarterback who was the 1969 NFL MVP with the Los Angeles Rams, died Saturday. He was 83 years old.

Gabriel’s son, Roman III, announced his father’s death in a social media post, saying he had “passed away peacefully” that morning of natural causes at home.

Gabriel was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year (1960 and 1961) while at NC State, becoming the first ACC quarterback to throw for 1,000 yards in a season .

He ended up being the second overall pick in the NFL draft by the Rams, where he played from 1962 to 1972 before playing with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1973 to 1977. He was MVP in 1969, with 2,549 yards and 24 touchdowns with five rushing scores.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times. He threw for 22,223 yards and 154 touchdowns during his 11-year career with the Rams, leaving that franchise as its career leading passer.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Gabriel has also had acting roles in television and film. His list of projects included the 1968 film “Skidoo” with Jackie Gleason and the 1969 film “The Undefeated” with John Wayne and Rock Hudson.

Associated Press reporting.


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