|Position:||Guard / Tackle|
November 2, 1964 |
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight:||311 lb (141 kg)|
|High school:||San Francisco (CA) Sacred Heart|
|NFL Draft:||1987 / Round: 8 / Pick: 206|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Kevin Patrick Gogan (born November 2, 1964 in Pacifica, California) is a former professional American football player who played guard for 14 seasons in the National Football League from 1987 to 2000. Selected in the eighth round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1987 NFL Draft, Gogan played with the Cowboys, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, and San Diego Chargers during his professional career. He was the first player ejected from a Pro Bowl after his fight with Neil Smith. He was selected to three Pro Bowls and had a reputation as being one of the league's dirtiest players during his career.
Gogan attended Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, California. He helped his football team win 2 city championships as a two-way player (offensive and defensive tackle). He also lettered in baseball, playing first base and catcher.
He attended the University of Washington under head coach Don James and became a three-year starter at right tackle. He received honorable mention All-American and second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior.
Gogan was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the eight round of the 1987 NFL Draft, as part of a change in the offensive line philosophy, when the team started to value size and strength over speed and athletic ability. He became a starter at the right tackle as a rookie, when Phil Pozderac announced his retirement in Week 6 of the season.
In 1990, he was relegated to a reserve role after Nate Newton was named the starter at right tackle. The next year, he switched positions and became a starter at left guard, replacing Crawford Ker, who left the team via Plan B free agency.
Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
San Francisco 49ers
In 1997, Gogan signed as free agent with the San Francisco 49ers, and although he didn't fit the team's offensive line scheme, he received Pro Bowl honors two years in a row. In 1998, he helped Garrison Hearst set a team rushing record with 1,549 yards and received second-team All-Pro honors.
During the fourth-quarter of the 1998 Pro Bowl, Neil Smith took offense at Gogan going for his legs during a running play. As Gogan returned to the huddle, Smith hit him on the back of the helmet, which resulted in the first Pro Bowl ejections since the game was moved to Hawaii in 1980.
In 1999, he reunited with former head coach Jimmy Johnson. He was acquired with the intention of playing left guard, but because of the play of Mark Dixon he was moved to the right side. He ended up in a platoon situation with Kevin Donnalley, alternating starts.
San Diego Chargers
- "Cowboy suspended for non-football illness". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. August 5, 1988.
- "Gogan goes to Raiders". The Beaver County Times. Beaver, Pennsylvania. April 18, 1994.
- Silver, Michael (October 26, 1998). "Dirty Dogs". Sports Illustrated.
- "Transactions". Lawrence Journal-World. Lawrence, Kansas. March 2, 1999. p. 7C.
- Shain, Jeff (September 6, 1999). "Gogan, Donnalley to alternate at guard; Parmalee among 8 cuts". Star-Banner. Ocala, Florida.
- "Deals: Football". The Ledger. Lakeland, Florida. February 26, 2000.
- "Chargers Sign OL Kevin Gogan". Associated Press. June 6, 2000.
- "Transactions: Football – San Diego Chargers". The New York Times. March 1, 2001.