San Francisco (AFP) - Jon Gruden was unveiled Tuesday as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, the same club where he made his debut as an NFL head coach 20 years ago.|
Gruden was lured from the ESPN television commentary booth to return to the sidelines for Oakland when Raiders owner offered a deal reportedly the richest and longest in NFL history for any coach at 10 years for $100 million.
Gruden said that his deal might inspire some rivals.
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Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 and was then traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a unique 2002 deal that saw him replace the fired Tony Dungy. He went on the guide the Bucs over the Raiders in the 2003 Super Bowl.
" said Gruden,Authentic Jim Brown Jersey,"This is very emotional for me,Womens Barry Sanders Jersey, who has been out of the NFL since coaching his seventh and final season with Tampa Bay in 2008.
"I never wanted to leave the Raiders. I never thought I'd be back, but here I am and I'm ready to get to work."
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"I want to help deliver the best football team we can here for the people in Oakland," Gruden said. "How long I say here will be determined by how well we play.
" Gruden said. "No guarantees, Womens Jim Brown Jersey,no promises,"I love to win and I'm going to do everything I can, but I want to win."