Jon Gruden (full name Jon David Gruden) is a sportscaster, an American professional football coach and a former college level football player who coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win the 37th Super Bowl on 26th January 2003. A glimpse of his career as compiled by Suyash Kumar Neupane is presented here.
Born on 17th August 1963 in Sandusky, Ohio, Gruden - also known as Chucky among his colleagues - has a height of 5.10 feet. He isn't the only person in his family to be affiliated to the game. His father and a brother both had been football coaches as well. A Cleveland Browns fan while growing up, Gruden was raised as a Roman Catholic. He played football for Muskingum College in 1981 and University of Dayton from 1982 to 1984. He graduated from University of Dayton in 1985 with a degree in communications; where although he did join the football team as a letterman for three years and a backup quarterback, he didn't have much chance to play.
For the 1985-1986 season Gruden was hired as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee, and after that as a quarterback coach for two years at Southeast Missouri State. In 1989 he moved to the University of Pacific as offensive assistant, in 1990 as a special assistant for the San Francisco 49ers, in 1991 as the wide receivers coach for the University of Pittsburgh.
His professional coaching bout came in 1992 after being hired as a special offensive assistant/wide receivers coach with the Green Bay Packers for three seasons and then became the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles. For the 1998 season, Gruden was made the head coach for the Oakland Raiders which made a successful campaign that would bring them out of the last place in the AFC West. Under Gruden's coaching, the Raiders would eventually reach the finals of the AFC Championship losing to Baltimore Ravens (who would go on to win the Super Bowl that period).
Joining Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a five year's contract worth $17.5 million, and would see the team win the 37th Super Bowl over his former team, the Raiders. Success was not to remain for long with the Bucs however, and after many unsuccessful stats Gruden was fired after spending seven seasons with the team, in 2009.
Currently 52 years of age and known primarily for his facial expressions, it has often been seen that he is also humorous and an intense arguer as well from time to time.
Gruden's wife is Cindy Brooks with whom he got married in 1991. With over 24 years of marriage, the couple have three children : Jon II (Deuce), Michael and Jayson. Reports in 2015 suggested that he again be coached his youngest son Jayson's high school football team Carollwood Day School, the same team he had earlier coached when his older son Jon II was part of the team in 2010.
With an annual salary of $6.5 million, Jon Gruden is currently the highest paid ESPN sportscaster. His twitter (@JonGrudenESPN) has 1,628 followers, whereas information regarding his instagram account is not available.