Jon Gruden was born on 17th august 1963 and his nickname is chucky because he has looks and an attitude that is really aggressive. He is a former head coach at NFL and currently, he is an NFL analyst at ESPN. He was a head coach for the Oakland raiders as well as Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he won super bowl XXXVII in the first year defeating raiders who were the former team. At this time, he was the super bowl coach who was the youngest to scoop a win at the age of 39 years.

Early life

He was born in Sandusky Ohio. His father was Jim and he served as a regional scout in professional football where he was Ram backs coach and was the director of the player’s personnel for Tampa Bay Bucs. Jay, his brother, coached and played in arena football league before he became a coach. He has served as the Washington Redskins head coach. James, his other brother is a radiologist at Mayo Clinic.

He grew up in Sandusky as a fan of Cleveland Browns. He was brought up in the faith of Roman Catholic. At 15, he went to Clay High School located in South Bend Indiana. After his graduation in 1981, he went to Muskingum College in Ohio. He transferred to Dayton University after just a year. Here he was a backup quarter back and a letterman for Flyers under Mike Kelly. Even though he didn’t play so much, the team was able to record 24-7 in the three seasons at the university. In 1985, he got his communication degree.

His career

After he graduated, he was hired at university of Tennessee as a graduate assistant coach during the 85-86 seasons. He was the southeast Missouri State quarterbacks coach two years after. He then moved in 1989 to pacific university as offensive assistant. He coached Scott Lubow. In the year 1990, he became special assistant under Coach Mike Holmgren. He then became wide receivers couch at Pittsburg University. In his career, he has been able to work with many teams all over and he has been very successful in it.


ESPN hired him in the May of 2009 so as to serve as color analyst on the Monday night football telecasts where he replaced Tony Kornheiser. He was also given the role of analyst for postseason college football games coverage by ESPN where he helped in calling Rose Bol and BCS national championship games on the ESPN radio.

He also analyzed the outback bowl in 2011 and orange bowl 2011 on the ESPN television as well as the 2012 spring where the focus was on Jon Gruden’s QB Camp. Here, he went through the NFL development process with some of the prospective draftees including Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck. Here, he makes an occasional talk about what he personally believes to be the very best football play.

He has also signed a contract of extension with the ESPN. This means that his tenure with ESPN was extended. This announcement was made on 15th December 2014 that he and ESPN had agreed to extend contract through the year 2021.

Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020

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