At NC State: A two-time All-American, Roman Gabriel starred at quarterback for NC State in the early 1960's and finished his career holding virtually every Wolfpack passing record. An academic All-American, Gabriel saw his jersey retired and presented to him by Governor Terry Sanford on Jan. 20, 1962 at half-time of an NC State-Maryland basketball game in Reynolds Coliseum. A first-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams, he went on to a distinguished professional career. Gabriel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
In the Professional Ranks: Gabriel went on to play 15 seasons in the NFL, splitting time with the Los Angeles Rams (1962-72) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1973-77). He was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1969 and earned Pro Bowl spots in 1967, 1968, and 1969. He ranked as the Rams' all-time passing leader with 22,223 yards and 154 touchdowns (1,705 com./3,313 att.) and threw for 7,221 yards and 45 touchdowns (661 com./1,185 att.) with the Eagles. In 1973, he led the NFL with 3,219 yards and 23 touchdown passes. He still holds the Rams' career records for: touchdown passes (154), passing yards (22,223), passes attempted (3,313), and passes completed 1,705