Rich Gannon
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"Richard Joseph "Rich" Gannon" is a former American football quarterback who played eighteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He is currently a sports commentator with the CBS Sports and Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Gannon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and played college football at the University of Delaware. At Delaware, he directed coach Tubby Raymond's Offensive_philosophy_(American_football)#Wing_T_Offense/Wing-T offense. He recorded at least 2,000 offensive yards for three straight seasons at Delaware and was Yankee Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. In the 1987 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected Gannon in the fourth round intent upon converting Gannon to running back. He was soon traded to the Minnesota Vikings and would play with the Vikings until 1992. Gannon began his career as a backup for Wade Wilson (American football)/Wade Wilson. Gannon started his first games in 1990 in relief of an injured Wilson and would start many games in 1991. In 1992, he formally became the starting quarterback for the Vikings and led the Vikings to an 11-5 season and the playoffs after two consecutive losing seasons.

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We really struggled. The only team that beat them twice in that Super Bowl year was New Orleans. They ran the ball effectively, and that's what you have to do against Tampa.

This happens to quarterbacks who are able to stay in a system for a number of years and not have to change verbiage and reads, ... We've changed a little bit, but this happens to all of them. It does slow down for them, because they see things more clearly.

It's a disappointing start.

He'll be fine. He'll come back and be as good as ever.

I never took one day in my NFL career for granted, ... I realized how fortunate I was to be playing a game I loved.

It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up because I can still prepare, watch film, analyze and break down opponents, ... Instead of holding a helmet and a ball I'll be holding a microphone.

That's a major difference. My shoulder was already damaged, and I still came back. I threw the ball fine.

I was not able to continue to play physically and that really takes everything out for a player like myself.

I am very proud with my association with the Oakland Raiders, ... I am very thankful to Mr. (Al) Davis (team owner) for giving me that opportunity to play in 1999.