As we welcome “The Year of the Snake”, few people have been audacious enough to claim the serpent as their nickname. One of the few was Ken “The Snake” Stabler, a partyin’ good ol’ boy who quarterbacked the feared Oakland Raiders in the 1970’s. He may or may not have been the inspiration for films like “North Dallas 40” and “Semi-Tough”, star vehicles for ex football playing actors with bad knees like Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson.
Many have heard of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter as the wrongfully-convicted boxer in Bob Dylan’s hit song or Norman Jewison’s award-winning film. But Carter proved to be a true fighter and defender of justice, long after getting out of prison.
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