Roman Gabriel: One Writer Still Cares

Sep 19, 2007 Full story: mvn.com 41

Over the course of his 16-year pro career, Roman Gabriel was many things: a four-time Pro Bowler, the league MVP in '69, the MVP runner-up in '73 , a Comeback Award winner with the Eagles, the Los Angeles Rams ...

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Keith and Eloyce Smith

United States

#1 Dec 22, 2007
We are mounting a campaign to get Roman Gabriel inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. He deserves to be there. We know him personally through the gym here in Little River, SC. He was and is a credit to football on and off the field. If you are interested in participating in this effort, send us a letter addressed to:
The Professional Football Hall of Fame
% Senior Committee( Attn: Joe Horrigan)
2121 George Halas Drive, NW
Canton, Ohio 44708
Enumerate your comments about why he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and address the letter to:
Charles Keith Smith
4540 Lightkeepers Way
Unit 22A
Little River, SC 22956
Your letter will be included in a packet endorsed by North Carolina and national dignataries.
Keith and Eloyce Smith

United States

#2 Dec 23, 2007
I mistyped the zip code on Charles Keith Smith's address. It is 29566. Sorry!
David Chapman

United States

#3 Mar 12, 2008
Long overdue.
Roman Gabriel should have been inducted into the PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME a long time ago.
He set the standard for bigger Quarterbacks in the NFL.
Not to mention all the Charities he has sponsored over the years.
He is a athlete you can caually look up too. A good roll model.
You can't say that these days. Most athletes are in trouble most of the time.
Thanks for everything Roman.
David
Joe Fricke

AOL

#4 May 6, 2008
When Roman was A Philadelphia Eagle, I was 10 years old. I wrote him and asked for a autographed picture. He sent me a autographed post card I still have framed to this day. For him to take the time to write a young fan shows the kind of man he is. Thank you Roman and good luck in getting in the hall of fame!
Dr Don Hewetson

Rock Hill, SC

#5 Jun 25, 2008
When I was a kid in the late 60's and early 70's, Roman Gabriel was my sports hero. I read everything I could find on him and watched every game I could. Of course, I was a die hard Los Angeles Rams fan. Gabriel was a league favorite and an exciting QB to watch. The only thing that eluded him was a Super Bowl. Gabriel was and is a class act and the recognition for his contribution to pro football is way overdue.
Dave

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Jul 19, 2008
Joe Fricke wrote:
When Roman was A Philadelphia Eagle, I was 10 years old. I wrote him and asked for a autographed picture. He sent me a autographed post card I still have framed to this day. For him to take the time to write a young fan shows the kind of man he is. Thank you Roman and good luck in getting in the hall of fame!
When I was a kid my 11 yr old sister Presented Roman with a medallion stating "Smile God Loves You" after a game in about 68. This led to a number of hand written letters back and forth with him that she still cherishes to this day.
What a class act!
Got to get him in!
Keith Niblock- NC

AOL

#7 Aug 2, 2008
Growing up in the 60's and loving the game of football. I became a avid fan of the Los Angeles Rams for one reason and one reason only. My sports hero and fellow North Carolinan and Wolpacker, Roman Gabriel. He was a quaterback that you as a youngster wanted to be like. He was well respected by his team mates someone you wanted to rally around to form a winning team witch they did. When "Gabe" would link up with the late great Jack Snow things would happen. You heard this more than once "Gabriel to Snow what a combo". A decision to induct Roman Gabriel into The NFL Hall Of Fame, Well in my opinion it's a "NO BRAINER" Most definitely over due.
You gotta love "The Gabe".
A little added note: He's a pretty good actor too.

Since: Aug 08

United States

#8 Aug 9, 2008
This has been a LONG time coming. Men like Roman Gabriel are what the Hall of Fame should be all about.
Cathie

Portland, OR

#9 Aug 22, 2008
I've been a fan for nearly 40 years! When I had the pleasure of meeting with Roman,I asked him if he would ever get into the HOF. He answered that maybe, if he lived long enough. Well, I think it's been long enough. Some of the guys he played with have been inducted without going to the superbowl, so what's the hold up? He should have been aknowledged for his contributions to the game years ago.
Steven Rego

Livermore, CA

#10 Oct 23, 2008
The most noble Roman in Mr. Roman Gabriel. Hall of Fame should be on his resume. Here's wishing him the best.
Lee Schelin

Covina, CA

#11 Nov 12, 2008
Gab was my all time favorite QB, the 67 season's back to back wins over the Colts & the Packers were two of the most exciting games I can remember.

I'm 67 years old, the same as Gabe and he gave us many years of enjoyment watching him play and made us proud to be Rams fans.

I am shocked that he's not in the Hall of Fame already.....way overdue
Janet White

Springfield, IL

#12 Dec 5, 2008
I was never much interested in watching or following pro football until I started watching Roman Gabriel play for the RAMS. I too have been a fan for over 40 years. He more than deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
Sue

King Of Prussia, PA

#13 Dec 7, 2008
Joe Fricke wrote:
When Roman was A Philadelphia Eagle, I was 10 years old. I wrote him and asked for a autographed picture. He sent me a autographed post card I still have framed to this day. For him to take the time to write a young fan shows the kind of man he is. Thank you Roman and good luck in getting in the hall of fame!
I was a huge fan of Roman Gabriel when he was in Philadelphia and also wrote to him. I received a handwritten note back and a signed picture. What a class act. He deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Deborah Crews

Reno, NV

#14 Dec 17, 2008
I first saw Roman in 1970 on a Burger King Whopper commercial. Being 12, needless to say the first thing I noticed was his striking good looks. I learned who he was and started watching football. I had no one to teach me about the game, so because of Roman, I learned all I could about football. In fact, I graduated college with a broadcasting degree so I could be a sportscaster. Like so many of you I followed the Rams and then the Eagles because of Roman. I watched all the tv shows and movies he was in. In 1974 I had the chance to see Roman and the Eagles play an exhibition game in my hometown against the Buffalo Bills. Years later while he was a general manager of a AA baseball team in NC, I wrote him a long letter. Within a week he had sent me info about his golf tournament, pictures and a nice letter. I have since had the opportunity 3 times to meet and speak with Roman. He's never been anything but kind, respectful, funny, and giving. Roman was the prototype for today's QBs. He had a powerful arm and was a true leader on the field. It's shameful that he has been overlooked by the NFL.
Randy Kula

Avon Lake, OH

#15 Dec 30, 2008
In 1969, I became a huge fan of Roman Gabriel and will always consider him as my favorite player. I don't know why he has been forgotten by the Hall of Fame. His stats are either equal or better than other quartbacks already inducted. (Take a look at the stats for Bob Griese and Joe Namath) I know some skeptics will say that Gabriel never won an NFL Championship or Super Bowl, but a team championship should not be the main reason to eliminate an individual player from consideration to the Hall of Fame. Championship teams already get their reward by getting their rings. Players need to be considered based more on their individual stats, and not whether their team won a Super Bowl or not...
BobF

Lombard, IL

#16 Feb 7, 2009
Roman is my second cousin and as a kid we all would gather to watch him play. We are so Proud of having such a caring person in our lives. Its to bad the Hall Of Fame doesnt see all the good off the field he has done too.
Rudy Barreneche

Fort Myers, FL

#17 Jun 7, 2009
When I was a kid, around 40 years ago, I wrote a letter to many players that I liked. Only one player had the time to write back,Roman Gabriel. He sent me an autographed picture. He had made my day, I will never forget. I still have it framed.
Frank Cilla Little River

AOL

#18 Aug 10, 2009
I just wrote the TV sports show Mike and Mike to see if they could shed some light on why Roman Gabriel has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Maybe if more people write them, we can get this out there.
aeneas01

United States

#19 Aug 21, 2009
count me in. if the writers that decided these things don't believe he deserves a hof nod based on his football merits, he should at least get a pass into the hall for having the greatest football name of all time - roman gabriel! heck, fred gehrke got a pass for designing the rams horns! seriously, gabriel belongs in the hall...
Miryam Elizabeth Gabriel

Mabank, TX

#21 Nov 17, 2009
Roman Gabriel is my grandfather. I'm Rory Gabriel's daughter (the youngest Gabriel son). I just wanted to say, thank you so, so, so, very much for all the wonderful comments about my 'Beda'! I'm not a Twitter person; I prefer FB, but I just think this is totally awesome and really sweet! I love him dearly and I too am rooting for him to finally get His rightful place into the NFL Hall of Fame! God Bless!:)

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