Kenny Stabler died in July of this year at age 69, and his passing inspired actor and longtime Raiders fan Tom Hanks to write a letter to his daughter as a thank you for a piece of memorabilia she sent his way.
The Oscar winning actor talks of the importance of the quarterback to him in his youth, and how his joyful style of play shaped Hanks.
Your father, with his left-handedness and those two bad knees, displayed a permanent smile of bemusement that said -- win or lose -- “ain't this fun?” I really did see in him the honor to be be found in playing the game, of using one's God given talent, of taking pleasure in the effort.
Hanks also posted a brief remembrance of the Super Bowl winning quarterback on his Twitter account back in July.
– Brendan Maloy