30 Interesting Facts About Raiders And Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden


Jon Gruden is a very successful football coach with experience in both the college and professional ranks. He has had success with the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is known to many as a very knowledgeable football broadcaster too. Like many coaches, Gruden has held a number of positions with a number of different teams and lived all over the country. His track record in all his stops though is that of a very informed and capable football mind.

Here are some interesting facts and fun information about Jon Gruden.

-Jon Gruden was born on August 17th, 1963.

-Jon Gruden went to college at and played football at the University of Dayton.

-Gruden’s place of birth was Sandusky, Ohio.

-He was the winning coach in Super Bowl XXXVII.

-Before attending school at the University of Dayton, he went for a short time to Muskingum College.

-The Oakland Raiders were the first team that hired Jon Gruden as a head coach.

-From 1986 to 1987, Gruden was a graduate assistant for the University of Tennessee football team.

-In 1988, he was the quarterbacks coach at Southeast Missouri State.

-In 1989, he was the wide receivers coach of the University of Pacific.

-Gruden spent 1990 as the offensive quality control coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

-1991 saw Gruden become the wide receivers coach of the University of Pittsburgh.

-In 1992, Gruden became an offensive assistant with the Green Bay Packers which moved him to wide receivers coach from 1993 to 1994.

-His last assistant coaching job before becoming a head coach lasted from 1995 to 1997 when he was the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles.

-His full name is Jon David Gruden.

-When the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII, Jon Gruden became the youngest head coach to ever win the Super Bowl.

-Jon Gruden’s father was an assistant coach under Dan Devine at the University of Notre Dame.

-When Gruden became Tampa Bay’s head coach in 2002, it was actually as part of a trade. In exchange for Gruden, the Raiders received the Bucs’ first round picks in 2002 and 2003, second round picks in 2002 and 2004, and $8 million in cash.

-As far as wins and losses, Gruden’s most successful seasons in the NFL were the 12-4 records he engineered for the Raiders in 2000 and the Buccaneers in 2002.

-Other head coaches who Jon Gruden served under as an assistant include George Seifert, Mike Holmgren, and Ray Rhodes.

-Through 2010, four people have served as assistant coaches under Jon Gruden and then gone on to get head coaching jobs of their own in the NFL, they are Bill Callahan, Rod Marinelli, Mike Tomlin, and Raheem Morris.

-When Gruden joined the Monday Night Football broadcast team he replaced Tony Kornheiser.

-Jon Gruden has also been a broadcaster during college bowl games, including the 2010 Rose Bowl and the 2010 BCS National Championship Game on radio and the 2011 Outback Bowl and 2011 Orange Bowl on television.

-His younger brother Jay Gruden is also a head coach who has experience in the Arena Football League and United Football League.

-Gruden’s worst season as a head coach was 2006 when the Buccaneers went 4-12.

-Through 2011, Gruden has an NFL win-loss record of 95-81.

-Jon Gruden’s first game as a head coach in the NFL was a 28-8 loss by his Oakland Raiders to the Kansas City Chiefs in week one of the 1998 NFL season. He would get his first win the next week in a 20-17 victory over the New York Giants.

-Gruden’s last regular season game with the Raiders would be a 24-22 loss to the New York Jets.

-Gruden’s last game overall with the Raiders was a January 19th, 2001 16-13 loss in the playoffs to the New England Patriots. This game is famous for its association with the “Tuck Rule”.

-Jon Gruden’s first game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a 26-20 loss on opening day of the 2002 season to the New Orleans Saints. He would follow this loss up though with five straight wins.

-Gruden’s last game with Tampa Bay came in 2008 and was a 31-24 loss in the last game of the season to his former team, the Oakland Raiders.

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