Bart Starr, Joe Namath and Ken Stabler played quarterback for the University of Alabama before becoming star quarterbacks in the National Football League. A long-time powerhouse in collegiate football, the university sends many players into the NFL but comparatively few at the quarterback position.
Bryan Bartlett Starr played high school football at Lanier High School before receiving a scholarship at University of Alabama where he lettered in the years 1953 through 1955. In 1956, the Green Bay Packers chose Starr in the draft. The Packers won five NFL championships with Starr as quarterback, including in the three consecutive years of 1965 to 1967. He retired as a player in 1971, and the Packers retired his number 15 jersey. Starr was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
Joe Namath was born on May 31, 1943, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where he played high school football. He went on to play for Coach Bear Bryant at Alabama in the early 1960s and led the team to its 1964 National Championship title. Namath signed to play for the New York Jets in 1965. Under Namath, the Jets became the first AFL team to win the Super Bowl in 1969. He also holds the distinction of being the only quarterback to pass for a total of 4,000 yards in a 14-game season. He retired from football in 1977.
Ken Stabler played high school ball in his hometown before playing quarterback for the University of Alabama during the late 1960s. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, the team for which he played for 10 seasons. With Stabler as quarterback, the Raiders won the 1976 NFL championship. He later played for the Oilers and the Saints before retiring in 1984. As of 2015, Stabler is the Oakland Raiders All-Time Passing Yards Leader. Ken Stabler died on July 9, 2015.