July 29, 2005

Oakland’s Gannon retiring to become TV analyst

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Oakland Raiders
quarterback Rich Gannon is retiring after 18 season in the NFL
to become a television analyst.

Gannon, 40 in December, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune
he would officially retire on Saturday August 6 in Oakland.

"I want to stay involved and continue to do what I do,"
Gannon said. "That's look at film, break down opponents,
analyze players and look at tendencies. Hopefully, I'll be able
to bring that insight and perspective to fans at home."

Gannon's playing career essentially ended last season when
he broke a vertebra in his neck.

"When I suffered the broken neck, the decision was made for
me," Gannon said. "It wasn't a situation where I would be able
to play anymore. But I have no regrets."

Gannon has been with the Raiders since 1999. He was the NFL
MVP in 2002 when he led Oakland to the Super Bowl.

He also played for Minnesota, Washington and Kansas City
during his career, finishing with 28,743 yards passing and 180