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Former Viking Rich Gannon Leaves SiriusXM NFL Radio

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I've professed my love for satellite radio in this space numerous times before. It gives you the sorts of things that regular, "terrestrial" radio can't offer. . .notably, a channel that is all NFL, all the time, and that you never have to worry about the signal fading out on.

Unfortunately, SiriusXM NFL Radio took a bit of a hit yesterday with the announcement that former Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, and Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon was leaving the station to spend more time with his family.

Gannon got his start with the Vikings back in 1987, when they selected him in the fourth round (#98 overall) out of the University of Delaware. He spent six seasons with the Vikings, starting 23 games between the 1991 and 1992 seasons after primarily serving as a backup. He was benched in Week 12 of the 1992 season in favor of Sean Salisbury (despite the Vikings having an 8-3 record at the time), and departed following that season.

Naturally, he didn't hit his stride until he was far removed from Minnesota, as he led the Raiders to an AFC Championship in 2002, winning the NFL's MVP Award along the way. He finished his career with 180 career touchdown passes, though he only threw 40 of those in his six seasons in purple.

Gannon and his family still live in Minnesota, and he always seemed to have a bit of extra insight into the Vikings as a result. Our favorite team doesn't get a whole lot of coverage from the "big boys" most times, so it was nice that he could provide that to us on occasion.

Best of luck to Rich Gannon and his family now that he's left SiriusXM NFL Radio.