One of the marks of a core footballer is to grow a career that will range from being a player to coaching a team or perhaps analyzing games when one reaches an inactive age for being on the pitch. It is in the latter category that Jon Gruden is at the moment. The American footballer had a father who was equally involved in football and he went on to make a career out of it in addition to becoming a coach and now an analyst with ESPN. Find out more about him here.
Background Information On Jon Gruden
Jon, addressed in full as Jon David Gruden was born by Kathy Gruden in Sandusky, Ohio to his father Jim Gruden on the 17th of August in the year 1963. His father was a professional regional football scout and director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jon attended Clay High School in South Bend, Indiana, and was a Cleveland Browns fan while growing up. He graduated from high school in the year 1981 and proceeded to attend Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. He transferred to the University of Dayton after one year in Muskingum and at Dayton, he became a three-year letterman and backup quarterback for the Flyers. The year 1985 marked his graduation with a degree in communication but never saw much football playing time with the Flyers.
College Coaching Career
After college, Jon Gruden quickly became more involved with football when he was brought on as graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee for the 1985 and 86 footballing seasons. At the expiration of his short stay there, he spent the next two years as a quarterback coach for the Southeast Missouri Stateside before being hired as the offensive assistant tight ends coach for the University of the Pacific in 1989. Again, in 1990, he moved to the San Francisco 49ers as a special assistant to the quarterback coach Mike Holmgren while his move to the University of Pittsburgh as the wide receivers coach marked the end of his college coaching career in 1991.
Professional Coaching Career
Jon was later hired by his former boss, Mike Holmgren who offered the position of his special offensive assistant/wide receiver coach with the Green Bay Packers. He spent three seasons with the side before becoming the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles under former Packers assistant coach Ray Rhodes. Jon became the head coach of the Oakland Riders in 1998 after he was chosen by the owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis.
With the riders, Jon Gruden saw them to three consecutive playoffs in three seasons. The side had their best run of a decade in the year 2000 when they finished 12-4. They reached the AFC Championship but eventually lost 16-3 to Baltimore Ravens who won the Super Bowl.
He joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 and hit the ground running by revamping the team’s offensive strategy in addition to tooling up other aspects of the team that was ailing. His efforts here paid off as the team had a victory in the NFC Championship game and Super Bowl XXXVII.
The year 2006 somehow marked the wane of his coaching career with the Buccaneers as they recorded their biggest loss of a season with him, 4-12. The coach continued to be plagued by a lot of issues like players injuries, lost draft picks and salary caps in the seasons that followed later. He recorded a few winnings still but was finally let go in 2010 after which he became a volunteer assistant offensive line coach at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, Florida and also founded the Fired Football Coaches Association.
In 2009, a new chapter of his football career budded when he was hired by ESPN as its colour analyst for its Monday Night Football broadcast. Jon became deeply involved with ESPN in the years that followed after analyzing the NFL drafts and college football games.
Surprisingly but remarkably, Jon Gruden saw himself on the coaches side of the gridiron when he was named the head coach of the Oakland Raiders after nine years of being away as a coach. The Ohio native signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with the side which became the biggest record signing in the history of the league on January 6, 2018.
Family – Wife, Son, Brothers
Jon Gruden is a married man who is enjoying his family life without any rumours or divorce stories. He is married to his college sweetheart Cindy Brooks who he met earlier in 1991. The two lovers got married on the 6th day of July 1991 and have since then, been blessed with three lovely children; Deuce Gruden, Michael Gruden, and Jayson Gruden.
His brother Jay Gruden also took to the game of football and grew to become a head coach of the Washington Redskins prior to playing and coaching in the Arena Football league. The other of his brother is called James and is a professional in the medical world as a radiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine.
The ex-footballer sure has an impressive height. He stands tall at 5 feet 10 inches or 1.78 m. With this height, he has an athletic body build which weighs as much as 91 kg.
Salary And Net Worth
Indeed, Jon Gruden made history with his recent signing as coach after being away for almost nine years. For him to commit himself to the new task ahead was also a record-breaking feat considering the huge amount of money the contract is worth. Now, he earns about $6.5 million as his annual salary while his net worth has been estimated to be $22.5 million.