Jay Gruden A ‘Monster’ Home Run Kicker

You probably know Jay Gruden’s unorthodox journey to the NFL by now. You’ve heard of the success at Louisville and the feats in the Arena Football League.

Last week at the NFL Scouting Combine Larry Michael unlocked a piece of Gruden’s athletic history you wouldn’t know unless you went to elementary school in Bloomington, Ind., in the ’70s.

In an exclusive interview with, Gruden told Michael he was a “kickball stud” at Childs Elementary School while his dad, Jim, was a coach at the University of Indiana. 

“We would have kickball at recess. I was a monster,” Gruden said. “We had rafters. We kicked it on the rafters, and it was an automatic home run.”

I guess indoor kickball is mandatory in the Midwest.

The subject arose when Michael mentioned he visited with a group of fans from Bloomington holding a sign reading, ‘Say hi to our classmate.’

Watch Part Two of the interview below to see Gruden awash in playground nostalgia and hear the coach talk about how he was influenced by Joe Montana, how a summer job turned into a career and how he feels about gambling with the deep ball. 

Obviously this calls for some kickball photoshopping way above my pay grade, but you could tweet your fan submissions to @Redskins.



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