Roman Gabriel

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Roman Gabriel
Position (s):
Jersey numbers:
5, 18
born August 5, 1940 in Wilmington , North Carolina
Career information
Active : 1962 - 1977
NFL Draft : 1962 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
College : North Carolina State University
Career statistics
Games     183
as a starter     157
TD : Int     201: 149
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
College Football Hall of Fame

Roman Ildonzo "gift" Gabriel Junior (* 5. August 1940 in Wilmington , North Carolina ) is a former American American Football- player and - coaches . He played as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Los Angeles Rams .


Roman Gabriel's father emigrated from the Philippines to the USA in 1925 and worked for the Pullman Company in Chicago , among others, before moving with his Anglo-American wife to Wilmington, where his son Roman was born in 1940. Roman Gabriel attended high school in his hometown , where he appeared as a baseball and football player . After graduating from school, Gabriel, who grew up in humble circumstances, received offers from various colleges and decided to accept a scholarship from North Carolina State University (NC).

Player career

College career

Roman Gabriel played college football with the NC Wolfpack from 1959 to 1961 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He was also active as a baseball player at college. He was used by the football team as a quarterback and defensive back . Because of his outstanding sporting achievements, he was declared Athlete of the Year by the ACC. As a football player, he took part in several selection games and was twice voted Football Player of the Year and All-American .

Professional career

The sporting achievements of Roman Gabriel had also drawn the professional football teams' attention to him. In 1962, he was drawn second in the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams in the first round . At the same time, the Los Angeles Raiders from the NFL competition league American Football League (AFL) showed interest in signing Gabriel and took them to the top of the AFL Draft in the first round . The Rams, overseen by Bob Waterfield , secured Gabriel an annual salary of $ 15,000 and $ 5,000 earnest money, after which he signed a professional contract with the Los Angeles team .

Roman Gabriel's professional career began slowly. The Rams played very poorly in the 1962 season, after which Waterfield was replaced by Harland Svare that same year. But even Svare could not lead the team on the road to success in the next few years. Gabriel was rarely used as a starter and asked for a move to the Atlanta Falcons after the 1965 season . Roman Gabriel was refused permission, while Svare was removed from office and replaced by George Allen . Allen relied on Gabriel as starting quarterback and formed a top team from the Rams.

In 1967 and 1969 Gabriel was able to move into the play-offs with the Rams . The title did not succeed in both years. In 1967 the Rams failed 28: 7 at the Green Bay Packers . In 1969 he was able to play in the play-off game against the Minnesota Vikings despite a good performance, he threw a touchdown pass to tight end Billy Truax and another to Bob Klein , the 23:20 defeat of his Rams did not prevent. Although Gabriel did not win the title this year, his 24 touchdown passes thrown during the regular season represented a league year's best. At the same time he was voted MVP of the season this year .

After the 1972 season, Roman Gabriel moved to the Philadelphia Eagles, who were trained by Mike McCormack . In his first year playing with the Philadelphia team , Gabriel achieved numerous NFL annual bests. So 270 of his 460 passes could be caught for a space gain of 3219 yards . Although Roman Gabriel later became a Pro Bowl player with wide receiver Harold Carmichael , Gabriel did not manage to reach the play-offs with the Eagles. Before the game round 1976 Dick Vermeil took over the coaching office with the Eagles. Vermeil replaced him in the 1977 season by Ron Jaworski on the position of starting quarterback. Roman Gabriel ended his career after that year.

After the career

Roman Gabriel already appeared as an actor during his career as a professional player. So he received supporting roles in the movies Skidoo and Die Unbesiegten with John Wayne and Rock Hudson in the leading roles. He also ran a Volkswagen subsidiary with his former teammate Merlin Olsen . Immediately after retiring, he worked as a commentator for the US television channel CBS and was involved in the broadcast of football games.

In 1991 Roman Gabriel took over the position of head coach with the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks, which were settled in the World League of American Football . His team had no win that year.

Successful businessman Gabriel donated a total of 7,000,000 US dollars to charitable causes after his career.


Roman Gabriel played four times in the Pro Bowl and was voted All Pro twice . In 1969 it was voted NFL Player of the Year and NFC Offensive Player of the Year. After moving to the Philadelphia Eagles, he was voted NFL Comeback Player of the Year . Gabriel is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame , the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, and Wolfpack's athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.


  • Jens Plassmann: NFL - American Football. The game, the stars, the stories (= Rororo 9445 rororo Sport ), Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 1995, ISBN 3-499-19445-7
  • Barbara Mercedes Posadas, The Filipino Americans “New Americans” , 1999, ISBN 0-313-29742-8

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Annual statistics of the Los Angeles Rams 1967
  2. Annual statistics of the Los Angeles Rams 1968
  3. Statistics play-off game Green Bay Packers vs. Los Angeles Rams 1967
  4. Statistics play-off game Minnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Rams 1969