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Jay Gruden
Date of birth March 4, 1967 (1967-03-04) (age 42)
Place of birth Tampa, Florida
Position(s) QB
College Louisville
Team(s) as a player
1991
1991-1996
2002-2003
Barcelona Dragons
Tampa Bay Storm
Orlando Predators
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1997

1998-2001

2002-2008

2004-2008

2009-present
Nashville Kats
(Offensive Coordinator)
Orlando Predators
(Head Coach)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Offensive Assistant)
Orlando Predators
(Head Coach)
Florida Tuskers
(Offensive Coordinator)

Jay Gruden (born March 4, 1967 in Tampa, Florida) is an American football coach and former quarterback. He is currently the offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.[1] Previously he served eighteen seasons as a player and coach in the Arena Football League. He won four Arena Bowl titles as the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Storm, and two more as the head coach for the Orlando Predators. He has an overall career record of 78-46, including a record of 11-5 in the playoffs. He was the league MVP in the 1992 season.

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Early years

Gruden attended George D. Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida, where he played quarterback for the Chiefs under head coach Billy Turner.

College career

Gruden was a four-year letterman at Louisville (1985-1988). He finished his collegiate career with 7,024 passing yards, completing 572 of 1049 passes for 44 touchdowns. All four stats still rank in the top five in Cardinals' history. As a senior, Gruden led the team to an 8-3 mark, their first winning season in 10 years.

Professional career

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Awards

  • 1992: League MVP & First Team All-Arena-QB
  • 1993: All-Star Game MVP
  • 1995: First Team All-Arena-QB (TB)
  • 1996: AFL's 10th Anniversary Team
  • 1999: AFL Hall of Fame & All-ArenaBowl Team-QB
  • 2001: Second Team 15th Team Anniversary-QB
  • 2006: 20 Greatest Players-#4

Coaching career

Gruden began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator for the Nashville Kats in 1997. Then, in 1998, he became head coach of the Orlando Predators, the main rival of the Tampa Bay Storm. He won Arena Bowl titles in 1998 and 2000 as head coach. He un-retired 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.

From 2002 to 2008 he also served as an offensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League under his brother, head coach Jon Gruden. He left after Jon was fired following the 2008 season.

In 2009, while the Predators were on hiatus prior to the folding of the AFL, he was selected to be head coach Jim Haslett's offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League, a minor-league outdoor football team also based in Orlando. As part of his contract, he was not permitted to remain head coach of the Predators. Instead, former Preds quarterback Pat O'Hara, who led the team to the two ArenaBowls it won when Gruden was head coach, was hired in his place.[2]

Personal

Gruden hails from a football family. His father Jim, a long-time college and NFL assistant coach, recently retired from his position as regional scout for the San Francisco 49ers. His brother Jon was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He resides in Orlando with his wife Sherry and three sons, JJ, Joey and Jack.

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