Roman Gabriel Speaker Profile
Former NFL Quarterback
Roman Gabriel Biography
Roman Ildonzo Gabriel, Jr. was born on August 5, 1940 in Wilmington, North Carolina and 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. He went on to star for the North Carolina State football team, and played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles.
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 2009 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 32 games combined record was only three 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 become 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.
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Posted on 25 October 2012 | 5:27 pm
NFL legend Roman Gabriel III was the first Asian-American starting quarterback, spending 16 seasons in the NFL before retiring in 1977. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and named Pro Bowl MVP in 1968. Today, Gabriel is a motivational speaker. This week, he's been speaking to middle schools in Rowan County and Kannapolis in Maryland about the success students can have in...[Read More]
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