Jon David Gruden is a white man born in Sandusky, Ohio, United States to James “Jim” Gruden and Kathleen “Kathy” Gruden. They are of Slovene descent.
Jim and Kathy have two other sons namely Jay Gruden and James Gruden. James is a radiologist while Jim, Jon and Jay worked as football coaches and Jon went on to become one of the highest paid National Football League coaches.
While working as a color analyst on the ESPN show “Monday Night Football,” Jon used racist, homophobic and sexist language in emails between 2011 and 2018 but it was only revealed on October 11, 2021. On the same day, he resigned as the head coach of the NFL team Las Vegas Raiders.
“I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction,” Jon said in a statement following his resignation. “Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”
Jon was raised Catholic. Here are 13 more things about him:
- After graduating from Clay High School in South Bend, Indiana, USA in 1982, he attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. In 1983, he transferred to the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio where he was a quarterback. In 1986, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
- In 1985, he met Cindy Brooks Gruden. They got married in 1991. They have three sons together namely Jon “Deuce” Gruden II, Michael Gruden and Jayson Gruden and they all live in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
- From 1986 to 1987, he was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. He worked as a passing game coordinator for South Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA in 1988 and a tight ends coach for the University of the Pacific in California, USA in 1989. On December 22, 1989, she registered to vote in Hillsborough, Florida. She was affiliated with the Republican Party of Florida.
- In 1990, he was a San Francisco 49ers special assistant under quarterbacks coach Mike Holmgren. In March 1991, he became the wide receivers coach for the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA under head coach Paul Hackett. In January 1992, Holmgren hired him as the Green Bay Packers‘ special offensive assistant and quality control coach. From 1993 to 1994, he was the team’s wide receivers coach.
- From 1995 to 1997, he was the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Oakland Raiders head coach.
- In 2002, he replaced then Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy, who was fired.
- Shortly after being fired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 16, 2009, he created the Fired Football Coaches Association (FFCA). In July 2009, he visited U.S. troops in Iraq during a United Service Organization (USO) tour where he allowed an African-American serviceman to wear his Super Bowl ring.
- In May 2009, ESPN hired him to replace Tony Kornheiser as “Monday Night Football” analyst. He signed a contract extension beginning in September 2012 that lengthened his tenure with ESPN for another five years. On December 15, 2014, he and the company agreed to a contract extension through 2021 but allowed an out if he wanted to return to coaching.
- In May 2010, he became a volunteer assistant offensive line coach at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, Florida, USA.
- In 2017, he was inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise Ring of Honor, which was revoked after his resignation from the Las Vegas Raiders on October 11, 2021.
- He closed the FFCA after becoming the Las Vegas Raiders head coach on January 6, 2018. He signed a $100 million 10-year contract.
- On September 22, 2020, the NFL fined him $100,000 for not properly wearing a face mask as required for coaches amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic during a 2020 NFL season game. On November 5, 2020, he was fined an additional $150,000 for violating more COVID-19 protocols.
- In September 2021, he finished building a $4.3 million home in Southern Highlands, Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. He was 58 years old when he resigned as Las Vegas Raiders head coach on October 11, 2021.