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If you didn’t already know, today is head coach Jay Gruden’s birthday.
He received a lot of well wishes but none were more retro-stylish than one of his former team’s messages.
The Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League gave Gruden a shout-out with a photo from their ArenaBowl victory in 1991, when the former quarterback led his team to a championship win, curiously wearing zubaz and all (they were an early 1990s trend).
To refresh, Gruden was part of the 1999 class inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame. As a quarterback, he won four championships for the Storm (1991, ’93, ’95-96), won league MVP in 1992 and ArenaBowl MVP in 1993. He’s also one of five coaches to win at least two ArenaBowls, doing so with the Orlando Predators.
Gruden won ArenaBowl V as a rookie, tossing a 35-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Thomas with 39 second left. He threw for three touchdowns in ArenaBowl VII and in ArenaBowl IX he ran for a score and threw four more.
Now, if only we could track down some burgundy and gold zubaz for a birthday gift.
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