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Jon Gruden

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Jon Gruden is a former professional football coach and current NFL analyst for ESPN. His most notable coaching gigs were with the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the latter with which he won his only Super Bowl in 2003. Jon was known as a fiery and passionate coach and his brother Jay Gruden recently was chosen to replace Mike Shanahan as the Washington Redskins head coach.

Sports Speaker Jon’s coaching career began in the college ranks as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee after playing quarterback at Muskingum College and the University of Dayton.  Eventually jon would get the opportunity to become the wide receivers coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 1992 and moved on to an offensive coordinator job with the Philadelphia Eagles after 3 seasons with the 49ers. He got his first head coaching gig with the Oakland Raiders and spent 4 seasons rescuing the team from last place and made it to the AFC Championship Game in 2000 after a 12-4 season. He was named the head coach of the Buccaneers in 2003 and would remain there for the next 7 years. After Jon was fired from the Buccaneers in 2008 he founded the Fired Football Coaches Association which is an active think tank and forum for former coaches to share their knowledge. The FFCA has also given charitable donations to several underfunded high school football programs in need of some help.

In 2009, Jon was chosen to replace Tony Kornheiser on the color commentary team for ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcasts alongside the likes of Mike Tirico and Lisa Salters. While working for ESPN he has helped commentate some college bowl games on TV including the 2011 Outback Bowl and the 2011 Orange Bowl, as well as completed some commentary and analysis work on the radio. After working with ESPN for a few years they designed their own segment for him called Jon Gruden’s QB Camp in which Jon would sit down with up and coming college quarterbacks and analyze their game and discuss the area they needed to develop more to be a successful NFL quarterback.