Rich Gannon

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Rich Gannon was a record-setting quarterback at the University of Delaware who went on to fame in the NFL for 17 seasons. Following Gannon’s final season (1986) at Delaware he held 10 career, nine
season and three single-game records as a three-year starting QB. Gannon led the Blue Hens to 24 wins and a Yankee Conference title (’86). He was a fourth-round draft choice of the New England
Patriots in ’87. In the NFL, Gannon directed the Oakland Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII. He was a two-time Bert Bell NFL Player of the Year (2000 and ’02). Among Gannon’s NFL records is the most
300-yard passing games in a season, 10 in 2002. During his NFL career Gannon passed for just under 29,000 yards and threw 180 touchdown passes. He set eight Raiders franchise records. Gannon was
inducted into the UD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 (he is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep). After his retirement as a player Gannon joined CBS Sports
as a TV analyst for NFL games.



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