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Jay Gruden Fond Of Fearless Rodent Ralph

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on March 3, 2014 – 12:04 pm


I was in the studio last week watching Jay Gruden film a spot with Larry Michael to promote the Redskins Read Book Challenge Powered by NRG!

After the coach enjoyed Michael’s rendition of “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,” I warmed up beside the artificial fire and asked Gruden what book captured his imagination during the height of his kickball prime at Childs Elementary School.

After thinking for a beat, the patient coach chose “The Mouse and The Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary. Published in 1965, Cleary’s tale introduced Ralph S. Mouse, a whiskered protagonist who learns to pilot a toy motorcycle.

Kids, keep reading. One day you might become a famous football coach who has to name his favorite kids book.




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Students, grades K – 6, in Washington, D.C., the Counties of Prince George’s and Montgomery in Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia who read 10 or more books between September 22, 2013 and March 15, 2014 are encouraged to have a parent, guardian or teacher nominate them to be a Redskins Read Book Challenge Champion! All Champions will receive a Redskins Read Book Challenge reading certificate and be entered to win additional Redskins prizes, including a special Reading Pep Rally with your favorite Redskins players!

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One Response to “Jay Gruden Fond Of Fearless Rodent Ralph”

  1. By richard on Mar 3, 2014 | Reply

    My favorite childhood book is also by Cleary: Henry and Ribsy.

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