Gruden on return to Oakland: 'It was awesome'
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OAKLAND — It took all of 60 seconds for Jon Gruden to realize he was all the way back as an NFL coach with the Oakland Raiders after nine years in the Monday Night Football booth.
It happened when Marshawn Lynch‘s 60-yard touchdown run was called back on a holding penalty by left tackle Kolton Miller, the Raiders’ first-round draft pick. As you might expect, Gruden did not agree with the flag.
“Chucky,” Gruden said, referring to himself in the third person, “came out for a brief moment tonight.”
Gruden, who last roamed the Oakland Coliseum as the Raiders’ head coach on Jan. 12, 2002, had been back to the Black Hole only twice since: as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach on Sept. 26, 2004, and to light the Al Davis Torch on Nov. 18. 2012.
So it was no surprise that Gruden, lured away from ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” booth in January after nine seasons as a broadcaster, received one of the loudest ovations of the night during introductions. The crowd still seemed stunned that Gruden was back after the late Davis traded him to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks and $8 million.