Football Legend MVP And Talented Actor Has Passed Away

Los Angeles Rams

Roman Gabriel was a star quarterback for North Carolina State University from 1959 to 1961. He was ACC player of the year in 1960 and 1961. In 1960, he also became the first ACC quarterback to throw 1,000 yards in one season.

In 1962, when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, he became the first Filipino-American quarterback in the NFL. Gabriel went on to play 16 seasons in the NFL. In 1969, he was named MVP.

In 1973, he started playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished his career with the Eagles, retiring after 5 seasons.

Sadly, on April 20, 2024, Gabriel’s son, Roman Gabriel III, announced the news of his father’s death on X. He wrote, “I am sad to announce my father Roman Gabriel @RGabriel4HOF passed away peacefully this morning of natural causes at his home . The entire family asked for your prayers , and to please respect our privacy.” He ended the post by writing, “I love you dad.”

Gabriel was 83 years old.

Upon hearing the news of Gabriel’s death, the Rams wrote on X, “We mourn the loss of Rams legend and football pioneer, Roman Gabriel. We extend our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

USA Today reports that football wasn’t Gabriel’s only career. He was also an actor and can be seen in films such as “Skidoo” and “The Undefeated” as well as TV shows including “Gilligan’s Island,” and “The Merv Griffin Show.”

Several years ago, Gabriel spoke to the Los Angeles Rams about his career in the NFL and beyond. Watch the video below to hear what he had to say.