On December 25, 1945, Leroy and Sally Stabler celebrated Christmas Day by welcoming their first born, Kenneth Michael Stabler into the world. Born and raised in Foley, Alabama, Ken had inherited his fathers athletic abilities and it was obvious early on that there was potential for an outstanding career. Leroy (Slim) Stabler had been a stand out athlete who’s career was cut short when his father passed away when he was in high school and his focus turned to raising sisters and brothers. He instilled in his son the love of sports, fast cars and music – and swayed him to football in the ninth grade with a fast 1954 Ford. A tough critic because he knew his son had the ability, he pushed him to be his very best.