Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon can add another honor to his record-setting season: NFL most valuable player.

Gannon received 19 votes yesterday to edge Green Bay's Brett Favre, a satisfying achievement for a player who wasn't even wanted out of college, spent much of his 15-year career as a journeyman and even sat out a season.

Favre, the only three-time winner of the Associated Press MVP award, got 15 votes from the nationwide panel of 48 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league.

Gannon established an NFL mark this season for completions (418) and also connected on 21 consecutive passes in a victory over Denver that ended a four-game losing streak and started a five-game winning string.

Gannon led the league with 4,689 yards passing, helping the Raiders win the AFC West at 11-5.

"What I achieved is what the football team has achieved," Gannon said. "Without all the skill people like Tim Brown and Jerry Rice and Charlie Garner and the tight ends and the other wide receivers and runners and the line and the coaching staff, I would never be in the position to make those plays."

The 37-year-old Gannon completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Gannon's 97.3 rating was second in the NFL to the Jets' Chad Pennington.

Gannon's 10 300-yard passing games this season set a record. He is one of only three quarterbacks with 400 completions -- Warren Moon had 404 in 1991, and Drew Bledsoe had 400 in '94.

Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair finished third with 11 votes. Next in the voting were Kansas City running back Priest Holmes, Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick and Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks, each with one vote.

Among Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon's records this season are most completions (418) and most 300-yard passing games (10).