Five Little Known Facts About Former Vikings, Raiders, and Chiefs Quarterback Rich Gannon


Rich Gannon spent the first part of his career as a spot starter and backup quarterback. When given the chance to shine though, he truly showed what he could do. He went from the Vikings, to the Redskins, and to the Chiefs in a few short years. When he went to the Raiders though, everything came together and he put up some amazing numbers.

Here is a look at five little known facts about former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon.

#1 No player caught more touchdown passes from Rich Gannon than the great Oakland Raiders wide receiver, Tim Brown with 30.

#2 The first touchdown pass Rich Gannon ever threw in his NFL career came as the quarterback for the Vikings in a week four loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1990. It came in the fourth quarter and was a 7 yarder to Anthony Carter that tied the game up.

#3 Rich Gannon was somewhat of a slow starter. Over the course of his career, he threw a total of 37 touchdown passes in the first quarter, then that went up to 57 in the second quarter. After halftime, things slowed down again as he had just 29 career third quarter touchdown passes, but he rebounded with 56 TDs in the fourth quarter.

#4 Gannon threw more career touchdowns, 22 to be exact, against the San Diego Chargers than he did against any other team in the NFL. Second on the list at 21 is the Denver Broncos.

#5 The longest touchdown pass that Rich Gannon ever threw came in the third quarter of a 41-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the year 2000. He was playing for the Raiders at the time, the play went 84 yards, and it was caught by James Jett. Gannon’s longest run of his career was for 42 yards and came during a 26-24 Vikings win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1991.

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