Game 887 | September 8, 2017| Jon Gruden
In the Twin Cities as part of the ESPN Monday Night Football crew, Gruden displayed his sharp analytic skills and sense of humor in talking about how he prepares to broadcast a game. He spoke about being the youngest coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl (Tampa Bay Bucs) and how much he enjoys working with emerging quarterbacks on the television show he helped develop, “Jon Gruden’s QB Camp.” He invited questions and didn’t dodge the first one that asked if he would sign controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick if he were an NFL General Manager? “No,” he said, “and it has nothing to do about the National Anthem or respect for the flag. He’s just not good enough. He was good for awhile until everyone figured him out, but I wouldn’t sign him and I doubt anyone else will.” Gruden was also asked if he thought he would one day return to coaching. Without missing a beat and much to the surprise of Dunkers members that he would give the answer he did, he said he would. In January he would sign a 10-year, $100 million contract to rejoin the Oakland Raiders.
(LtoR) Pete Kostroski, Bob Hagen (physician), Jon Gruden, Dave Mona
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