Rich Gannon apparently got the Raiders’ hint. He’s done trying to help the team.
Earlier Wednesday, Gannon said on his Sirius NFL Radio show he called Oakland owner Al Davis to help the team and struggling quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Gannon won the NFL MVP award and led Oakland to the Super Bowl in 2002.
Later Wednesday, an Oakland spokesman said the team was not interested in Gannon’s help. The team has been upset with Gannon because he has frequently criticized Oakland. The Raiders just completed their seventh straight season with at least 11 losses. It is an NFL record.
Thursday, on his radio show, Gannon reacted:
“No. You know, it’s amazing. You try just to reach out to somebody and say something, that maybe you can help a young guy, and you get criticized for it. … I’m not looking for work. I have plenty of jobs that keep me busy. … People think I’m looking for a job. I’ve been offered jobs to get into coaching and to get into management. I have no interest in doing it. I just was really looking at a young guy that’s really struggled and just thought that I could reach out to help him out. Listen, I’m not all the king’s horses and I’m not all the king’s men. I can’t put Humpty Dumpty together again. I can’t do that. But I was just looking to figure out a way to go out there and share with them some of the things that helped me as a player and prepare and get myself ready not only for the season but for games each week. I’ve done it with Aaron Rodgers and I’ve done it with quarterbacks in Tampa and Minnesota. But, hey, trust me, I won’t make that call again.”