Like the Blues Brothers, Jon Gruden just may be on a mission from God.
In his final meeting with the “Monday Night Football” staff, Gruden told his co-workers he had a message from above to get back to coaching football, Sports Illustrated reports.
“I have a calling,” Gruden said as he fought back tears, according to those in the room. “And the football Gods are calling me one last time. I don’t want to have any regrets.”
While Gruden says he has a calling, it could also be coming from his wallet.
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The former Raiders coach is expected to get a 10-year, $100 million contract, according to NFL.com. The deal would make Gruden the highest paid coach in NFL History, despite having a losing record in his last 6 years as an NFL head coach.
Gruden has been out of the NFL since 2008. He previously coached the Raiders from 1998-2001 before being traded to the Buccaneers in 2002. He’d win a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay in 2003 and would eventually be fired following the 2008 season.
He spent the last eight years working as an announcer on “Monday Night Football” for ESPN.
Sean McDonough, Gruden’s “Monday Night Football” play-by-play announcer, told Sports illustrated he was not surprised the 54-year-old decided to leave the booth and return to the sideline.
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“With Jon, it’s the whole black hole thing,” McDonough said. “He’s a big heavy-metal music fan, which people may not know. It kind of fits that whole image for him. I think the Raiders were in his heart, and he took Oakland and the Raiders around with him as he went to Tampa and ESPN.”
Gruden is expected to be introduced as the Raiders next coach in a press conference on Tuesday.
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