Photograph of Roman Gabriel playing with the New Hanover High School football team.
Roman Ildonzo Gabriel Jr. was born in 1940 in Wilmington. He attended New Hanover High School where he was an All-State athlete in baseball, basketball and football. As a football player, Gabriel not only played quarterback but also linebacker and defensive back. He received a football scholarship to attend N.C. State University where he had an extremely successful athletic career. Gabriel was one of the top 1962 NFL draft picks for the Los Angeles Rams. During his professional football career, he was All Pro four times, Rams MVP three times, 1969 NFL MVP, Pro Bowl MVP, 1973 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and Man of the Year three times. Gabriel has remained an important figure in the Wilmington community, helping to raise money for many charitable causes in the area.
Gabriel, Roman, 1940-
Professional football player
1957 New Hanover High School Yearbook
New Hanover County Public Library
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