“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”
—LEROY “SATCHEL” PAIGE
Jon Gruden’s father Jim coached running backs for the Buccaneers from 1972 to 1973 and later served as the franchise’s director of player personnel for three years. Jim lost his job with Tampa Bay, and the Grudens moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where he worked as an assistant coach under Lee Corso.
Known for his work habits and inspirational persona, Corso posted big red-and-white steelplate signs with potent messages on the locker room walls to motivate his players. When two of these signs were replaced with new ones, Jim Gruden brought ...