2002: Rich Gannon (BEST)
Why He’s here: Fifteen years into his NFL career, Gannon somehow found the magic touch. Things got increasingly better for him after joining the Raiders in 1999 and becoming acquainted with Jon Gruden and the West Coast Offense. Everything came together for him in 2002 when he was the league MVP. It was arguably the most shockingly brilliant season by a quarterback in NFL history given that he was 36 years old for most of the season. On the other hand, he did go to the Pro Bowl every year from 1999 to 2002, but nobody could have foreseen Gannon playing at the level he reached in 2002.
Team Success: With Gannon working his magic, the Raiders won the AFC West with an 11-5 record. They ultimately became AFC champions, only to lose the all-Pirate Super Bowl to the Buccaneers 48-21 with Gannon throwing five interceptions, three of which the Tampa defense turned into a pick-six.
By the Numbers: Completed 418 of 618 passes (67.6%) for 4,689 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.