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The 35-minute press conference announcing the return of Jon Gruden as head coach of the Raiders was certainly a spectacle worth watching. More than 100 media members crammed into the team’s performance center facility and were joined by some 40-50 former players who had played under Gruden, making for an atmosphere unlike any other head coaching hire. The following are excerpts from the press conference:

Mark Davis: Once a Raider, always a Raider. Never been more appropriate than today. I would like to start off by reintroducing some members of the Raider family. First, our head coach’s mom and dad, Jim and Kathy Gruden. I especially want to thank Kathy Gruden for being one of my biggest cheerleaders in this process. Next, I would like to introduce the wife and my other biggest cheerleader, Cindy Gruden. Without the support of the entire Gruden family, we wouldn’t be here today. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for making my dream come true

Gruden: I’d just like to thank Mark Davis and Mrs. Davis for this opportunity. I used to get phone calls from Al Davis at 3 a.m. Now, I get them from Mark Davis at 3 a.m., but I want to thank you for this opportunity from the bottom of my heart. I want to thank you, Cindy, my three sons for supporting me in going after this opportunity. It takes a family effort, I think, to be all in on something like this. It’s about the people for me and that’s a big reason I am here today. I love the Raiders, and most of all, I love to win. I am going to do everything I can. No guarantees, no promises, but I want to win. I look forward to working with Reggie (McKenzie) and his staff. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve hired three new coordinators already. Paul Guenther from the Cincinnati Bengals is official. Great addition to our football team. Rich B


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