Sure, we’ve already published one item featuring new Redskins Coach Jay Gruden wearing Zubaz uniform pants and otherwise looking like a child of the ’90s while playing in the Arena League for the Tampa Bay Storm.
But I’m pretty sure “photos of new Redskins coach wearing Zubaz uniform pants” is a genre that has room for more than just one headline. And so when the Storm graciously passed along a few more photos they unearthed of Gruden the player — including the one when his uniform was retired, seen below — well, here we are.
To fatten this one up a little bit, let’s head back to the archives. How about this one, from June 1993, in the St. Petersburg Times:
She has since washed her hair, but Sherry Gruden still can’t shake the scent of beer, soda and curses dumped on her when the Tampa Bay Storm lost to the Orlando Predators May 21 in Orlando.
“We had a few women in our group with children — one of the women was pregnant — and I did not feel safe,” said the wife of Storm quarterback Jay Gruden.
“They get treated like that ” said Jay, rolling his eyes slightly, “I mean, it’s just a game.”
And also this, from a Don Banks story in the same paper the previous year:
Gruden’s passing touch is unparalleled in Arenaball, but equally revered is his willingness to take the punishment that the indoor game dishes out. Time and time again this season, Storm lineman Carl Watts has watched in horror as Gruden lowered his shoulder and went rambling fearlessly upfield.
“You can just see it in his eyes,” Watts said. “You know he’s about to take off and scramble. I pick him up and say, ‘Jay, you got to cut this out. We need you hanging around until the end.’ “