PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : RAIDERS : Former Cowboy Gogan Going Home
Kevin Gogan is going back home. Back to where his professional life began. Back to Texas Stadium. Back on the field with the Dallas Cowboys.
But when Gogan emerges on that field Sunday night for an exhibition game, it’ll be from another entrance in another uniform as a member of the Raiders and the right guard admits it’ll be strange.
“I’m excited,” he said, “but it’ll be weird coming out on the other side. I’m going to be playing back in front of some good fans and good friends. And I’m going to be playing against some good friends who I’m going to try to knock down and out. Or maybe they’ll knock me down and out, but it’ll be fun.”
At 6-7 and 315 pounds, Gogan doesn’t get knocked down and out too often, and Sunday it would appear he’ll have a further edge in facing people he’s practiced against for years. “I would hope so,” Gogan said. “But they are highly talented people who know what I do good and what I do bad, so they have an advantage on me, too.”
There’ll be one big difference from Gogan’s final years in Dallas--the head coach. It’s now Barry Switzer, not Jimmy Johnson, who left following last season’s Super Bowl victory after finding he could no longer co-exist with owner Jerry Jones. Gogan, a big Johnson booster, said, “I think he should still be coach. But I guess there are people who still feel that way about Tom Landry. Things change.”