38 Facts About Jon Gruden


Jon David Gruden was born on August 17,1963 and is a former American professional football coach who was a head coach in the National Football League for 15 seasons.


Jon Gruden held his first head coaching position with the Raiders franchise during their Oakland tenure from 1998 to 2001, where he won two consecutive division titles and made an AFC Championship Game appearance.


Jon Gruden served as Tampa Bay's head coach through 2008, setting the franchise record for wins, but made only two further playoff runs.


In 2018, Jon Gruden returned to the Raiders as their head coach.


Jon Gruden led the team until his resignation during the 2021 season after it was publicly revealed that he wrote and sent many racist, misogynistic, and homophobic emails between 2011 and 2018.


Jon Gruden was born on August 17,1963, in Sandusky, Ohio into a family of Slovene descent.


Jon Gruden's other brother, James, is a radiologist at UNC School of Medicine.

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Jon Gruden was raised Catholic and was a Cleveland Browns fan growing up.


Jon Gruden graduated with a degree in communications in 1986.


Jon Gruden then moved to the University of the Pacific in 1989 as offensive assistant as the tight ends coach.


Walt Harris was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee, where Jon Gruden was one of his graduate assistant coaches, and later hired him at Pacific.


In 1990, Jon Gruden was a special assistant with the San Francisco 49ers under quarterbacks coach Mike Holmgren.


In March 1991, Jon Gruden became the wide receivers coach for the University of Pittsburgh under head coach Paul Hackett.


Jon Gruden was chosen by the owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis, to be the Raiders' new head coach for the 1998 season.


Jon Gruden signed a five-year contract with the Buccaneers worth $17.5 million.


Immediately after arriving in Tampa Bay, Jon Gruden significantly retooled the offense with the addition of numerous free agents.


In 2008, Jon Gruden was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2011 season.


The Buccaneers ended the season with four losses in a row, and Jon Gruden was fired by the Buccaneers on January 16,2009, after seven seasons with the team.


In May 2010, Jon Gruden became a volunteer assistant offensive line coach at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, Florida.


Shortly after being fired from Tampa Bay, Jon Gruden created the Fired Football Coaches Association.


Jon Gruden closed the FFCA upon his returning to coaching in 2018 moving the game and player film along with the other information he held there to Oakland.


Jon Gruden signed a 10-year, $100 million contract, one of the biggest contracts in the history of the league which includes a no-trade clause, closing the loophole that saw the Raiders trade him to the Buccaneers in return for draft picks and cash.


Jon Gruden came back to coaching after six years of attempts by Raiders owner Mark Davis to lure him back to be the Raiders head coach.


Jon Gruden was fined $100,000 by the NFL for not properly wearing a face mask, as required for coaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, during a week 2 game in the 2020 NFL season on September 22,2020.


Jon Gruden was fined an additional $150,000 for further COVID-19 protocol violations on November 5,2020.

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In October 2021, a league investigation into the Washington Football Team for workplace misconduct uncovered emails Jon Gruden sent to then Washington general manager Bruce Allen where Jon Gruden used racist, misogynistic, and homophobic slurs.


Jon Gruden said Goodell should not have pressured the Rams to draft "queers", referring to Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in NFL history.


Jon Gruden stated that players who protest the National Anthem should be "fired", specifically referring to former 49ers safety Eric Reid.


Jon Gruden called then United States Vice President Joe Biden a "nervous clueless pussy".


Jon Gruden resigned on October 11,2021, after details of the emails were released by The New York Times.


Jon Gruden announced his intentions to sue the NFL and Roger Goodell for exposing his scandals.


Jon Gruden was removed from the Buccaneers Ring of Honor, where he had been inducted in 2017, as a result of the content of the emails.


In May 2009, Jon Gruden was hired by ESPN to serve as a color analyst on its Monday Night Football telecasts, replacing Tony Kornheiser.


Jon Gruden served as an analyst for ESPN's coverage of the NFL Draft and postseason college football games, helping to call the 2010 Rose Bowl and 2010 BCS National Championship Game on ESPN Radio and the 2011 Outback Bowl and 2011 Orange Bowl on ESPN.


Jon Gruden signed a contract extension with ESPN, beginning in September 2012, that lengthened his tenure with the broadcasting company for another five years.


Players under Jon Gruden who became head coaches in the NFL or NCAA:.


Jon Gruden met his wife in 1985, while he was working as a graduate assistant and she was a student at the University of Tennessee.


One of Gruden's sons, Jon II, is the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Raiders and a competitive powerlifter who won gold at the 2017 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships in the junior 83kg weight class.