As new Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden and Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen demonstrated Thursday night, it’s never a bad move to begin with a thank you.
Some of the classiest moves in a classy day for Gruden were the thank yous he delivered to his blood relations, football family and the center circle of that venn diagram.
Gruden began his statement with a shout out to wife Sherry, sons Joey, Jack and J.J. and mom Kathy, “the toughest Gruden of them all.” He thanked his dad Jim, whom he called a “football coach, a football man, a football person,” and, his brother Jim, who “taught me there’s things other than football that are important.”
The new coach thanked his older brother Jon, who gave him his first NFL job with the 2002 Super Bowl champion Buccaneers.
“I wouldn’t be sitting here today without learning everything that I know about football from him,” Gruden said. “What a great brother. What a great person. What a great football coach.”
After appreciating his family, Gruden shifted gears to Cincinnati and an organization that hired him as a UFL coach.
“I’d like to thank Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis for giving me the opportunity to be the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals,” Gruden said.
“They took a chance on me. We had some great seasons there. Unfortunately we didn’t win in the playoffs, but we had some great seasons there and it was a great opportunity to for me. I’d like to thank the Bengal coaching staff and of course the Bengal players for their commitment to coming to work every day and their commitment to excellence in trying to get better every day.”
Lastly, Gruden thanked owner Daniel Snyder and Bruce Allen, who earlier drew laughs with a pointed gratification of his own.
“Fortunately for us, the San Diego Chargers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, and we were able to bring Jay in.”
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