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Jay Gruden, AFL Great, Will Definitely Be Going To See Washington's New Arena Team


Last week it was announced that a Washington Arena Football team, without a nickname as of now, will be coming to the nation's capital during the summer of 2017.

A week later, at the annual owner's meetings, taking place in Boca Raton, Fla., Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was asked if he might attend some games, to which he replied in the affirmative, mostly because he's one of the AFL's most memorable players.

"Sweet man, I love it," Gruden said of the new team. "It's exciting. It's a great brand of football. I think I'll have to go to a couple of those games. I want to coach and play—those are fun."

Gruden later confirmed he "can still spin it," referencing his arm during practices during the football season.

To be more specific, Gruden is ranked No. 4 on the AFL's 25 greatest players list. He began playing in 1991 with the newly moved Tampa Bay Storm after receiving a workout invite. He impressed enough and as a rookie led the team to ArenaBowl V. He connected on a touchdown pass with 39 seconds left in the game and helped Tampa Bay to its first title.

Then he got even better. He was named league MVP in 1992, doubling his stats (50 touchdowns and 2,491 yards) and while Tampa Bay lost in the playoffs that year, Gruden would lead the Storm to win championships in three of the next four years.

He was given a head coaching job by the Orlando Predators after he decided to hang up his cleats following the 1996 season. Just as he did as a rookie for the Storm, Gruden led the Predators in his first year to an Arena League championship. After another title in 2000, Gruden got the itch to play again and returned to the field for Orlando and did fairly well.

Then the NFL called.

He joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff as an offensive assistant under his brother, Jon, who was hired as the team's head coach in 2002.

So yeah, I think Gruden would certainly be intrigued by an Arena team in the summer. He could also scout some players.

Just look at Ty Nsekhe in this highlight clip.




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