‘I never wanted to leave the Raiders’: Jon Gruden introduced as head coach
“Chucky” is back.
Sixteen years after the Raiders traded him away, the team on Tuesday introduced Jon Gruden as coach for the second time.
Gruden, who has reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $100 million deal, led the Raiders from 1998-2001, reaching the playoffs twice.
He spent the next seven seasons with Tampa Bay and won his only title in his first season with the Buccaneers, who defeated the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Gruden – who has been nicknamed Chucky due to a resemblance to the main character in the “Child’s Play” horror movie series – had been a television analyst with ESPN since 2009 before returning to the Raiders.
“This is an organization that I want to be a part of,” Gruden, 54, said at his introductory news conference. “I’m all in. I only live one time. This is something I feel deeply and strongly about.”
Some Raiders players and fans also feel strongly about the move, taking to Twitter to express their feelings: