In their words: Jon Gruden on Jay; Jay Gruden on Jon
Here’s a quick look at how Jon and Jay Gruden view their relationship, their talents and what it was like growing up Gruden, via their answers during interviews with The Associated Press:
Who did your parents love more when you were growing up?
Jay: “Me. They always told me I was the perfect kid, so I assume it was me.”
Jon: “I was the middle kid, so I got all the hand-me-downs. I’m kind of the forgotten Gruden.”
Who was the better brother?
Jay: “Jon, actually, was a great big brother. Showed me the ropes, as far as my athletic progress from a young kid to a high schooler, to a college kid. He was a big part of that progress. So I owe a lot to him. So I would say he was the better brother.”
Jon: “Jay. Jay was no maintenance. He just laid around and drank Dr Pepper and ate microwave popcorn.”
Who had the messier room?
Jay: “That would be mine, probably. I was always kind of scattered. Sloppy a little bit. I wasn’t quite the go-getter like Jon. Jon was a clean freak.”
Jon: “Probably Jay, because he never came out of his room.”
What is your brother’s hidden talent?
Jay: “He’s unbelievable when it comes to trivia, as far as old college football, basketball, baseball. He knows every lineup ever.”
Jon: “He’s a good golfer. He can crush it. He’s got a great vertical game on the golf course.”
Who is smarter?
Jay: “Jon is definitely smarter. His ACT, SAT scores (were) way higher than mine. He was good in school. Yeah, I’m not very bright. Got that from my dad.”
Jon: “Neither one of us is very smart when it comes to ‘book smart.’ But when it comes to work ethic and knowing our profession, I would say it’s probably a toss-up.”
Who was the better athlete?
Jay: “That would be me. … Played college football, Louisville, Division I. Played Arena Football. Fourth greatest player of all-time in the Arena Football League. You guys can laugh at that if you want to, but I’m proud of that. So, yes, I would say me. I could always beat him in basketball, always a better baseball player.”
Jon: “He’s a better athlete. He’s an all-state quarterback, the all-time leading passer at Louisville at one time. I’m a backup, ham-and-egg Division III quarterback. That’s all I am.”
Who is the better coach?
Jay: “Well, Jon’s won a Super Bowl, so I mean, you can’t argue that. Jon’s obviously got a little more experience and more success. It’s all about winning Super Bowls. He’s got one, I’ve got zero.”
Jon: “You don’t ever want to say you’re better than your brother. He’s probably better than me. He’s won a lot more games than I have. I haven’t won a game in almost 10 years. So I’m going to go with Jay. He’s won championships as a head coach in Arena Football. He won an NFC East title and I think this is the best Redskins team that he’s had.”