The Las Vegas Raiders will have a familiar voice in thebooth in Week 1, as former quarterback Rich Gannon will be on the call.
The 2020 NFL season will kick off on September 13 for the now-Las Vegas Raiders, as they take their young and talented squad on the road to take on the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers will look a lot different this season, as Teddy Bridgewater takes over for Cam Newton at quarterback, and Matt Rhule is the new head coach.
Kickoff is slated for 10:00am PT next Sunday, and in the booth will be a familiar face in former Raiders legend Rich Gannon. He will be joined by Greg Gumbel and Jay Feely as part of the crew working the first game of the next era of Raiders football.
Gannon’s legacy in Oakland
When Gannon came over to the Raiders in 1999, he was a 34-year old journeyman who went 5-5 for the Kansas City Chiefs the year before. Nobody could have expected the impact he would have on this franchise before all was said and done, as he went to four straight Pro Bowls, and was a two-time First Team All-Pro.
Gannon not only lit up the stat sheets as the team’s quarterback, but he was an incredible winner, helping the Raiders to the playoffs in three straight seasons. His 2002 season was outstanding in particular, as he not only led the team to the Super Bowl, but he took home the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award.
The following two seasons, Gannon was marred by injuries, suffering a shoulder injury in 2003, and then a serious neck injury in 2004. Still, what he was able to accomplish in his four complete seasons as the starter was nothing short of magnificent, and his 33-15 record from 2000 to 2002 helped make the franchise a perennial playoff team.
The 2020 season is going to be a special one for the franchise, as they will open up their new stadium in a brand new city. Sure, there will be no fans in the building, but this is an exciting new era of Raiders football, and it will be good to have a former legend in the booth for Game No. 1 as the Las Vegas Raiders.