Pictures of Jon Gruden From His College Football Playing Days are an Incredible Throwback

Zach Brunner
Old pictures of Jon Gruden playing college football at Dayton are an incredible throwback.
Old pictures of Jon Gruden playing college football at Dayton are an incredible throwback. / Norm Hall/Getty Images
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Jon Gruden is one of the biggest personalities in professional football. From being the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders to being the color commentator on Monday Night Football, Gruden is one of the most entertaining, well-known people in the NFL.

It's less well-known that Gruden played college football as well, serving as a backup quarterback for the Dayton Flyers.

After spending one season at Muskingum College, Gruden transferred to the University of Dayton, where he never cracked the starting lineup. He never saw the field much for the Flyers, but it is interesting in the above image how he noted that someday he would like to become the head coach for the Michigan Wolverines.

Gruden did not spend much time in the college coaching ranks, getting his first NFL gig in 1990 with the San Francisco 49ers, then beginning to make a name for himself with the Green Bay Packers. It seems like it's NFL or bust at this point, especially after his first retirement, but you never know what the future might hold with coach Gruden.

Gruden is currently preparing for the Raiders' first season in Las Vegas, hoping the change of scenery brings new life into the franchise and team.


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