Jay Gruden
Cincinnati Bengals
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-03-04) March 4, 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth: Tampa, Florida
Career information
College: Louisville
Debuted in 1991 for the Barcelona Dragons
Last played in 2003 for the Orlando Predators
Career history
 As player:
* Barcelona Dragons (1991)
 As coach:
* Nashville Kats (1997)
(Offensive Coordinator)
Career highlights and awards
*6× ArenaBowl champion (V, VII, IX, X, XII, XIV)
Stats at

Jay Gruden (born March 4, 1967) is an American football coach and former quarterback. He is currently the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals and was formerly the head coach of the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. He is also a decorated player and coach in Arena Football League history, winning four ArenaBowls as a player and two more as a head coach. Gruden is also the brother of former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and current Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden.[1]

Early yearsEdit

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

College careerEdit

Gruden was a four-year letterman at Louisville (1985–1988).[2] He finished his collegiate career with 7,024 passing yards (currently 4th all-time), completing 572 of 1049 passes for 44 touchdowns. All four stats still rank in the top five in Cardinals' history.[3] He also ranks in the top 10 in 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. Gruden threw for 300+ yards in a game six times as a Cardinal. As a senior, Gruden led the team to an 8–3 mark, their first winning season in 10 years.

Professional careerEdit

Gruden won four ArenaBowl titles as the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Storm. He was the Arena League MVP in the 1992 season.[4]


  • 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: No. 4 on the AFL's list of its top 20 greatest players[5]

Coaching careerEdit

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 ArenaBowl 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. Gruden has an overall AFL career record of 93–61, including a record of 11–7 in the playoffs.

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 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 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.

On February 20, 2010, Gruden was named head coach of the Tuskers following Haslett's departure to join Mike Shanahan's staff with the Washington Redskins.[6]

On February 3, 2011, Gruden was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.[7][8]

On January 13, 2012, Gruden signed a three-year extension with the Cincinnati Bengals as their offensive coordinator,[9] even after being asked to interview for at least three head coaching jobs (The Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, and later turned down the Indianapolis Colts, signing his extension shortly afterwards.)[10]

In January 2013, Gruden was interviewed by the Arizona Cardinals, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers for their vacant head coaching positions.[11][12]


Gruden's father Jim, a long-time college and NFL assistant coach, is a retired regional scout for the San Francisco 49ers. His brother Jon was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jon is now a Monday Night Football analyst for ESPN.

On September 16, 2005, Gruden was arrested in Hillsbourgh, Florida and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. [13] Gruden registered 0.106% and 0.110% in two blood-alcohol tests, each over the legally allowed limit for driving under the influence in Florida (0.08%). [14]

Gruden would plead no contest to reckless driving and was fined $750.

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