Raiders fans spent most of Friday railing against a Pro Football Hall of Fame policy that prevented Ken Stabler’s family from receiving a gold jacket and commemorative ring after he was inducted with the 2016 class.
The legendary former Raiders quarterback died from complications of colon cancer in 2015 and was inducted as a senior committee finalist the following year.
The Hall of Fame has a policy prohibiting these items from going into surviving members of posthumously elected members, something that irked Stabler’s daughter and primary family spokesman Kendra Stabler Moyes.
She told Bay Area News Group that she even offered to buy the items, and was told the Hall wouldn’t amend its policy.
She didn’t fight the policy publicly during the enshrinement process, but the topic was brought up Friday on Twitter and those unaware Stabler hadn’t received a full compliment of Hall of Fame regalia demanded the policy be changed.
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, a longtime Raiders fan and a Stabler in particular, was the loudest megaphone demanding the Hall of Fame, “Do the right thing!”
— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) November 4, 2016
Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN that this “is an injustice that has to be rectified.”
Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask joined the chorus hoping the Hall of Fame would make the situation right for posthumous elections. Hall of Fame voter Nancy Gay was disappointed by the events and similarly demanded change.
Please @ProFootballHOF Ken Stabler's family deserves same consideration (ring, jacket) as a living HOFer. As a selector, I demand it. https://t.co/KHZoMc0NbM
— Nancy Gay (@nancygay) November 4, 2016
Stabler Moyes said on Twitter she hoped the policy change could help more than just the Stabler family.
I am not only fighting for my Dad but for ALL families of deceased PFHOF inductees. It's not fair.It's not right. Something needs to change!
— Kendra Stabler Moyes (@KendraSMoyes) November 4, 2016