NFL broadcaster and former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden greets fans before an NFL preseason football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.
Which is what led to ESPN play-by-play man Sean McDonough's attempt at bidding Gruden, an analyst with the network, a classy farewell before their call of the Tennessee Titans-Kansas City Chiefs wild-card game Saturday afternoon.
ESPN reported that Gruden will receive a 10-year deal that could be worth close to $100 million.
Gruden could return to coach the Raiders in 2018. He was sacked by Tampa Bay following the 2008 season and has spent the past nine years as an announcer at ESPN. He won the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers, beating the Raiders.
The announcement comes less than a week after the Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio on Sunday. That's a goal that probably motivated Gruden to return to football.
Gruden previously coached the Raiders from 1998 through 2001, compiling a 38-26 regular-season record and a 2-2 record in two playoff appearances.
Regardless, Gruden is a terrific offensive mind and he has only gotten more knowledgeable since stepping away from coaching. This is not the first time two brothers have been head coaches in the National Football League simultaneously. Gibbs returned to coaching in 2004 and his second stint in Washington wasn't almost as effective as his first.
ART SHELL: Shell was let go by the Raiders following the 1994 season as late owner Al Davis wanted a fresh start for the team for its move back to Oakland. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths.