Jonathan Gannon and Rich Gannon both come from American football backgrounds. One of them is a famous assistant coach who worked as a football defensive coach for several NFL teams in his career while the other is famous as a former NFL player who spent 18 seasons in NFL as a quarterback. As they both share the same surnames, football fans speculate that whether they are related to each other or not. This question rose as they both share the same surnames, Gannon. This article tries to explore both Gannon’s background, career, and relationship with each other.
Is Jonathan Gannon Related to Rich Gannon?
Football coach Jonathan Gannon not only shares his last name Gannon with former football quarterback Rich Gannon but they also come from the same career background that is football. Both have spent the majority of their career in football. There are questions rising whether both the Gannons are related to each other or not. However, there is no evidence that the two are related. No facts have surfaced yet that link the two.
Jonathan Gannon is an Ohio native born in 1983 who grew up in Cleveland and played basketball and football in high school as well as in his University years. On the other hand, Rich Gannon is a Pennsylvania native born in 1965 and grew up in Philadelphia. Rich is almost 18 years older than Jonathan.
Who is Jonathan Gannon?
Jonathan Gannon is a football coach who currently works as a defensive coordinator for the NFL team Philadelphia Eagles. He previously served as an assistant coach for Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, and Indianapolis Colts.
Gannon was an athletic student in high school and college. He was a successful three-sport athlete playing basketball, football, and hurdles. He won the state championship in basketball as a point guard, district championship in hurdles. He was an excellent wide receiver and defensive back in football. After high school, Jonathan attended the University of Louisville where he continued to play. However, a tragedy occurred when he suffered a career-ending injury and trained as an assistant.
His coaching career started as a defensive quality control coach for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. He later served as an assistant coach for the Rams, Titans, Vikings, Colts before joining the Eagles as their defensive coordinator in 2021.
Who is Rich Gannon?
Rich Gannon is a former football quarterback. Gannon played 18 seasons in the NFL. The New England Patriots drafted him 98th overall in the 1987 NFL Draft and was soon traded to the Minnesota Vikings where he spent six seasons. He played the 1993 season with the Washington Redskins and with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1995 to 1998. He spent the last 5 seasons of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders where he led the Raiders to four consecutive Pro Bowls and three consecutive postseasons. He earned two First-team All-Pro selection honors and was named the 2002 NFL Most Valuable Player. Gannon led the Raiders to the Super Bowl XXXVII. He retired from football before the 2005 season.
After retiring from football, Gannon started his career in sports broadcasting. He joined CBS Sports as a sports commentator and has been a sports analyst for NFL on CBS for 16 seasons through the 2020 NFL season.