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Jay Gruden

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225 lb (102 kg)

Sherry Gruden (m. 1990)

6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

Washington Redskins

Place of birth:
Tiffin, Ohio

American Football coach

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Date of birth:
(1967-03-04) March 4, 1967 (age 48)

High school:
Tampa (FL) George D. Chamberlain

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Jay Michael Gruden (born March 4, 1967) is an American football coach and former quarterback, who is the current head coach of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). During his time in the Arena Football League (AFL), he won four ArenaBowls as a player and two more as a head coach.


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Early years

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Gruden was born in Tiffin, Ohio, and was raised a Roman Catholic. He attended George D. Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida, where he played quarterback for the Chamberlain Chiefs high school football team under head coach Billy Turner.

College career

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Gruden attended the University of Louisville, where he was a four-year letterman at Louisville Cardinals football team (1985–1988). He finished his collegiate career with 7,024 passing yards (as of 2013, fourth all-time for the school), completing 572 of 1049 passes for 44 touchdowns. All four stats still rank in the top five in Cardinals history. He also ranks in Louisville's top 10 for yards per completion, passing attempts in a season, and completions in a season. He ranks eighth in career completion percentage, seventh in career passing efficiency, and ninth in average yards per game for the Cardinals. Gruden threw for over 300 yards in a game six times at Louisville. As a senior, Gruden led the team to an 8–3 record, their first winning season in 10 years.

Professional career

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Gruden played two seasons in the World League of American Football (with Barcelona in '91 and Scotland in '95). He also spent 3 seasons of time in the NFL (Phoenix) and CFL (Sacramento) on practice squads. Gruden won four ArenaBowl titles as the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League. He was named the league's MVP in 1992. After stepping off the field to coach, Gruden returned to the field in 2002 as a member of the Orlando Predators.

Honors and awards

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  • 1992: League MVP & First Team All-Arena
  • 1993: All-Star Game MVP
  • 1995: First Team All-Arena
  • 1996: AFL's 10th Anniversary Team
  • 1999: AFL Hall of Fame & All-ArenaBowl Team
  • 2001: Second Team 15th Team Anniversary
  • 2006: Ranked fourth on the AFL's list of greatest players
  • Nashville Kats

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    Gruden began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator for the AFL's Nashville Kats in 1997. In 1998, he became head coach of the Orlando Predators, the main rival of the Storm. With Orlando, he won ArenaBowl titles in 1998 and 2000. He came out of retirement and resumed playing in 2002, this time for the Predators, but retired again and returned to head coaching when his replacement, Fran Papasedero, died after the 2003 season. Gruden has an overall AFL head coaching record of 93–61, including a mark of 11–7 in the playoffs.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    From 2002 to 2008, he served as an offensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League under his brother, head coach Jon Gruden, earning a Super Bowl ring for the Bucs' win in Super Bowl XXXVII. He left the team after his brother was fired following the 2008 season.

    Florida Tuskers

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    In 2009, while the Predators were on hiatus during the bankruptcy reorganization of the AFL, he was selected to be head coach Jim Haslett's offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. As part of his contract, he was not permitted to remain head coach of the Predators. Instead, former Orlando quarterback Pat O'Hara, who led the team to its two ArenaBowl titles when Gruden was head coach, was hired in his place.

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    On February 20, 2010, Gruden was named head coach of the Tuskers following Haslett's departure to join Mike Shanahan's staff with the NFL's Washington Redskins.

    Cincinnati Bengals

    On February 3, 2011, Gruden was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. On January 13, 2012, Gruden signed a three-year extension with the Bengals at the position, even after being asked to interview for at least three NFL head coaching jobs (with the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, and later turning down the Indianapolis Colts).

    In January 2013, Gruden was interviewed by the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Diego Chargers for their vacant head coaching positions.

    Washington Redskins

    On January 9, 2014, Gruden was hired as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins, succeeding Mike Shanahan. Since Gruden was a highly sought after coach, Redskin's owner Dan Snyder, gave him a fully guaranteed, 5-year contract worth $20 million.

    In the 2015 season, Gruden led the Redskins to their first playoff appearance since 2012. The Redskins would go on a 4-game winning streak to finish the season, and win the NFC East with a 9–7 record. However, the Redskins lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round 35–18, ending their season. In 2016 the Redskins finished 8-7-1 however missed the playoffs.

    On March 4, 2017, the Redskins signed Gruden to a 2-year contact extension.

    Personal life

    Gruden's father, Jim, a long-time college and NFL assistant coach, was a former regional scout for the San Francisco 49ers. His brother Jon was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is now a Monday Night Football analyst for ESPN. His other brother, James, is a radiologist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center.


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