Roman Gabriel: One Writer Still Cares

Roman Gabriel: One Writer Still Cares

There are 43 comments on the mvn.com story from Sep 19, 2007, titled Roman Gabriel: One Writer Still Cares. In it, mvn.com reports that:

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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Frank robacker

Waterloo, Canada

#22 Jan 9, 2010
I have been a Gabriel fan since the sixties. His arm and frequent connection with Snow was legendary. Something that didn't become more common until several years after he retired. Hall of fame all the way.
MMeador

Emporia, KS

#23 Jan 10, 2010
I knew Roman Gabriel personally growing up in L.A. in the 60's since my father was a teammate of "Gabe" for many years. Roman defined the quarterback position along with many others like Starr, Unitus, and others. Roman was one of the greatest on the field and off. His record, pro bowls and class act deserve his place in the H.O.F. There was no quarterback who was tougher and with the great team the Rams became ln the late 60's with the addition to George Allen as head coach, Allen stuck with Gabriel and he showed his worth and value to the game of football by setting marks and standards for the Rams and for pro football. He deserves his place along with many others who have been forgotten, which is a shame. Back then football was more physical, punishing than today. Roman took his shots, but came up and showed why he was a great quarterback.
Look at his stats, records, and he ranks up there with some of the greatest. If the Rams had made the Superbowl a time or two, he would be in for sure. The Superbowl is a joke! Players who never reach that pinnacle in their career does not mean a thing! It is what they do on the field their entire career and what they do off the field, I mean living a good life, being an example to the community, kids, adults. The NFL needs to allow more than just 1 Senior player each year, to many great ballplayers in that era will never reach the HOF if they are not looked at more carefully. Each year the NFL needs to induct 3 or 4 Seniors, divide up equally those who enter. Roman Gabriel deserves to be there. Am I a little partial to the Gabe. Yes! But reason is I spent time with him and the entire Ram team as a son of a pro football player, and it's time the NFL recognizes these great men who paved the way to professional football.
MMeador

Emporia, KS

#24 Jan 10, 2010
Miryam Elizabeth Gabriel wrote:
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!:)
I hope your grandfather, the "Gabe" makes it. I know all of you are proud of him, not only for what he did in football, but for all he has accomplished off the field. Next to my father, Roman was my favorite player of all time. Hard to be that considering all the Ram greats of that era, but he was cool to hang around in the locker room, on the field, training camp. He was just a wonderful man and a great football player. If you talk to him, tell "Gabe" I said hello, rooting for him, and would love to have a chance to write him, or talk to him again. God bless all of you and good luck
Joe Fricke

AOL

#25 Mar 6, 2010
Miryam Elizabeth Gabriel wrote:
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!:)
Your Grandfather is a great man, I met him at a autograph show in Exton Pa. back in October of 2009. I gave him a quarterback figure of himself with the Eagles, that I had a older gentleman who has a booth at a indoor flea market here in Philly make for me. He seemed to love it, and I was thrilled he enjoyed it. He was every bit the person I imagined him to be. To meet one of your childhood idol's and find out they were every bit the person you thought they were was incredible, He posed for pictures with me and my friend. Gave us autographs. It was a thrill. I also sent a letter to the kind folks who are trying to help him get in the Hall of Fame. He responded with a letter and two autographed football cards. I wasn't looking for anything in return when I sent the letter. But Mr. Gabriel again showed what a wonderful man he is. If for some reason he doesn't get into the Hall of Fame, He will always be in my "Hall of Fame" as a person. It will be football's loss if he is never voted in. Thanks again Mr Gabriel for your kindness! And if your ever at another autograph show in the Philadelphia area I will be sure to attend.
Joe Fricke

AOL

#26 Mar 7, 2010
Joe Fricke wrote:
<quoted text> Your Grandfather is a great man, I met him at a autograph show in Exton Pa. back in October of 2009. I gave him a quarterback figure of himself with the Eagles, that I had a older gentleman who has a booth at a indoor flea market here in Philly make for me. He seemed to love it, and I was thrilled he enjoyed it. He was every bit the person I imagined him to be. To meet one of your childhood idol's and find out they were every bit the person you thought they were was incredible, He posed for pictures with me and my friend. Gave us autographs. It was a thrill. I also sent a letter to the kind folks who are trying to help him get in the Hall of Fame. He responded with a letter and two autographed football cards. I wasn't looking for anything in return when I sent the letter. But Mr. Gabriel again showed what a wonderful man he is. If for some reason he doesn't get into the Hall of Fame, He will always be in my "Hall of Fame" as a person. It will be football's loss if he is never voted in. Thanks again Mr Gabriel for your kindness! And if your ever at another autograph show in the Philadelphia area I will be sure to attend.
I meant to say the show was in Oaks Pa. Not Exton. Sorry about that.
Tim Juliano

Altoona, PA

#27 Mar 15, 2010
Miryam Elizabeth Gabriel wrote:
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!:)
Roman Gabriel is a class act. I grew up in the 1960's, and he was (and remains) my favorite player. The Rams were my favorite team. In 1970, when I was 10 years old, my Dad took me up to Buffalo to see the Rams play the Bills. What a thrill to see your favorite player in person! I always admired your grandfather's courage in the pocket, his ability to throw defensive linemen off of him as if they were rag dolls, and the way he would dish out as much punishment as the defenders who tried to tackle him when he scrambled. If I am not mistaken, he ended up throwing for more touchdowns and yardage in his career than did Bob Waterfield, a Ram quarterback already in the Hall Of Fame. He should without a doubt be there. He was the first of a new breed of quarterback (as described above), and, in my opinion, there has not been anyone quite like him since. Just look at the old NFL Films clips of him. I was fortunate enough to meet your grandfather in California when he was coaching at Cal-Poly Pomona. A very kind, gracious man who took some of his valuable time to speak with a fan, who treated me like an equal, and who showed an interest in me as a person. He should have been elected to the Hall Of Fame a long, long time ago.
Hector Matthews

Astoria, NY

#28 Mar 20, 2010
Roman Gabriel has the resume of those in the Hall of Fame. Look at his body of work at the time of his retirement, just shy of 30,000 yards passing, TD's vs interceptions, wins vs losses, the MVP, comeback player of the year, several pro bowls. Need I go on.

Roman Gabriel in the Hall of Fame, sound right to me.
bill

Berkeley, CA

#29 Apr 8, 2010
one hard sonofabitch to take down and he would get the ball off most of the time anyway...he should go in even though I hate the rams as much as the dodgers, I don't care if they are no longer in LA, 49er fans still remember RG pocket presence more than anything I bet.

I don't think the oldtimer HOF vote ever goes to anyone as old as Roman, though I may be wrong.
Sandra Hancock

Boise, ID

#30 Apr 21, 2010
I was just a horse crazy girl in 69' when I saw the John Wayne movie The Undefeated, I totally developed a crush on Blue Boy, Then my brother told me about how I could see more of him by watching football, Forever my First Favorite Team the LOS ANGELES RAMS, I came to know football only because of Roman Gabriel, MY brother told me all about his amazing feats and how he broke the fingers of some of his wide receivers due to his arm strength, I to this day still hear talk about Gabriel's arm strength.Also because of ROMAN GABRIEL I chose not follow my peer friends into smoking and was on the track team all through-out JR high and High School All I know is that I am all for getting Roman into the Hall of Fame, his stats and records that still stand, his demeanor and true gentleman-ship have already earned him that rightful place.I would love to meet you sir and give you a big hug!:* BIG HUG Thank you for your influence in my life, I love you
Sandra Hancock

Boise, ID

#31 Apr 21, 2010
Miryam Elizabeth Gabriel wrote:
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!:)
I would love to write Mr Gabriel a letter and tell him what he's meant to me in my life as an athlete, but haven't a clue as to how to get a letter to him. could you help? email me @ [email protected]
fan for years

Beckley, WV

#32 Jul 10, 2010
Yes, I am so glad to run across this...I will join in for the cause for sure. Gabriel was such a star in the 60's and 70's. 1969 NFL MVP . Then awarded the comeback player of the year in the mid 70's for the Eagles. I started watching football in the late 60's and as soon as I saw Gabriel play, I knew he was my favorite player and the Rams were my Team. He played on many very good teams. He deserves the Hall of Fame.
Roman Gabriel

Elgin, IL

#33 Jan 29, 2011
Roman is my cousin and i can say that he has givin back so much by hold benefit after benefit to help so many people, Besides the great things he did on the field. And I can say I am so proud to have him as a family member, One of his mottos as I was growing up as a kid was never quit!!!. And I can say we would love to see him finially Get what he deserves and that is to be in the Hall Of Fame Thanks Bob Fortich Jr Hanover Park Illinois
Jeffrey Adkins

Newport News, VA

#34 Apr 20, 2011
I put up a FB page dedicated to Gabriel if anyone's interested.
There is a video there that shows his fearless, impassioned style of play, that had to've inspired his team's play. QB's play a far more self-preservational style these days.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roman-Gabriel-... #
Jeffrey Adkins

Newport News, VA

#35 Apr 20, 2011
My point is that there are several QB's in the HOF today (or will be)*because* they played a *less* impassioned, more self-preservational style.
This is the reason QB's like Gabriel are *not* fairly represented in the hall.
JSGonzales

Whittier, CA

#36 Sep 17, 2011
Back in the late 60's, my shipmates would be talking about this great Rams quarterback Roman Gabriel on Mondays. I did not know much about football, but I got curious and started watching his games. Boy, was I ever rewarded. Roman Gabriel showed class and brilliance on and off the field (saw his movie, too).
I do believe the Hall of Fame voters are amiss by not giving him this well-deserved recognition. Wake up, HOF voters, and do your job based on proper criteria, without a requirement for winning a super bowl.
JSGonzales

Whittier, CA

#37 Sep 17, 2011
Saw and bought an autographed picture of Roman Gabriel at a Camp Pendleton concessioner store in 2009. It is my most prized possession -ranking ahead of my 3 Penny Blacks, autographed Don Mattingly, a piece of the Roman coloseum, and countless Greek and Roman coins!
I hope and pray Mr Gabriel gets voted to the HOF soon.
Linda Perkins

Fayetteville, GA

#38 Feb 12, 2012
I had no idea Roman Gabriel wasn't already in the NFL Hall of Fame. Whomever makes these decisions should be in the "Hall of Shame." He was the first football player to get me interested in pro-football. He was so exciting to watch on the field. He seemed huge to me and I couldn't understand how he could move as quickly as he did. He truly made me love pro-football. I am sure some of the current football players, Micheal Vick for one example, will be inducted into the HoF as soon as he becomes eligible. Is he a better than average quarterback? Maybe. Is he a great role model? Absolutely not! Was Roman a great quarterback? Yes! Is he a wonderful role model? Yes! Does he deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? Absolutely! Please, don't let this unjustice continue. Vote this man into the Hall of Fame where he deserves to be. Thank you and God Bless.
Nicholas Psaltos

Purcellville, VA

#39 Jul 14, 2013
Born in 1962, I grew up in the NYC suburbs of northern NJ and I remember reading about Roman Gabriel when i was 8 years old in Sports Illustrated. An an intense picture of his profile (in Rams helmet) donned the cover so I was intrigued. Already a Jets and Joe Namath fan, i had instantly found a new hero on the West Coast. Only 3 years later I had the great pleasure to meet Mr. Gabriel at Bookbinders restaurant after an Eagles game vs. the Giants. Steve Smith (OT for the Eagles) was the cousin of my best friend in NJ and we were invited down to the Eagles game. Well, after the game we went out to dinner with Smith and the restuarant was full of Eagles. I remember seeing Tom Dempsey, Don Zimmerman and of course, Gabriel. Smith knew I was a huge Gabriel fan and he urged me to walk up to him and introduce myself. I think I did, but I really can't remember. All I know is that within a week I had an autographed photo from Gabriel mailed to me at my home within a week. It was surreal experience I hope to be able to thank him someday soon, in person for his kindness and generosity. To this day I still hold him up there with Namath and Tom Seaver as my 3 favorite sports heroes. Roman Gabriel deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I will sign any petition supporting his candidacy!!
Juan

Miami, FL

#40 Feb 20, 2014
Roman Gabriel without a doubt belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The numbers, 4 pro bowls, comeback player of the year award, and not to mention, 1969 MVP all speak for themselves. Mr. Gabriel 's resume screams HALL OF FAME!
macrev44

Upland, CA

#41 Oct 30, 2014
I was a kid in LA through the 60s and met Gabe when he was with the Rams. I was totally enthralled, a real "fan", but he was so kind. he agreed to come and speak to my high school assembly at Hollywood High in the mid 60s. One Sunday following a game, he and his wife Suzanne took me from the Coliseum tunnel to my car when I was a bit gimpy. He would get me into the team's practices at Blair Field in Long Beach and I had a chance to get in on some of the locker room chatter afterwards. He even gave me his practice jersey the year he was selected MVP. The last time I saw him was when he was in the hospital at St Johns in Santa Monica and I gave him a Bible to read. Now I am a pastor in Southern California, nearing retirement but consider Roman Gabriel one of the greatest professional football players I have ever seen play the game and among the kindest people I have ever known. Would love to see him again one day! He deserves the Hall of Fame.

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