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Former NC State and professional quarterback Roman Gabriel, who was named the AP NFL MVP in 1969, passes away at the age of 83

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Roman Gabriel, former NC State and pro quarterback who was the AP NFL MVP in 1969, dies at 83

Former NFL MVP and North Carolina State quarterback Roman Gabriel passed away at the age of 83. Gabriel’s son, Roman III, confirmed his father’s death on social media, citing natural causes as the reason for his passing.

Gabriel was a standout player at N.C. State, earning two ACC player of the year awards and becoming the first ACC quarterback to throw for 1,000 yards in a season. He went on to be drafted as the No. 2 overall pick by the Los Angeles Rams, where he played from 1962-1972 before finishing his career with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1973-1977.

During his time with the Rams, Gabriel amassed impressive stats, throwing for 22,223 yards and 154 touchdowns, earning him the title of the franchise’s leading passer. He was also a four-time Pro Bowl selection and the 1969 NFL MVP after throwing for 2,549 yards and 24 touchdowns in a standout season.

In addition to his football career, Gabriel dabbled in acting, appearing in films such as “Skidoo” and “The Undefeated.” He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989, solidifying his legacy as a dual-threat athlete and entertainer.

Roman Gabriel’s impact on the field and on the screen will be remembered by fans and colleagues alike, as he leaves behind a lasting legacy in both the world of sports and entertainment.

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