Stabler Takes Leave from UA Broadcasts

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama football color analyst Ken Stabler is taking a leave of absence for the upcoming season.

The university released a statement Friday saying that the former Crimson Tide and NFL quarterback requested the leave. Stabler was arrested on a drunken driving charge in south Alabama in June.

He said matters in his personal life demand his full attention.

The latest arrest was at least the third time Stabler has been charged with DUI.

A star quarterback at Alabama in the 1960s, he led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl title in 1977. He also played for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints during a 15-year NFL career.

Stabler has been the Tide's color analyst for 10 years. He will be replaced by Tom Roberts for the 2008 season.

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