Everyone knows it. You know it, the Raiders know it, ESPN knows it, your dog knows it, and Gruden definitely knows it.
But he’s still being coy about it.
“Well, I think I am being considered, yes. I hope I’m a candidate,” Gruden said, via Jerry McDonald of the Mercury News.
Gruden said he expects the team to announce its decision early next week. In the meantime, he’s still planning to call this week’s AFC Wild Card matchup between the Titans and Chiefs — a team he’ll face twice each season when he does take over in Oakland.
For the past five seasons, Butler has donated tickets, hats and meal vouchers to the Indianapolis nonprofit, Boys II Men, Inc. Through this initiative, over 500 underprivileged boys have been able to experience a Colts game.
Butler has hosted two annual youth football and cheerleading camps in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Darius also hosts a youth football and personal development program that provides mentorship, coaching and guidance to area youth.
On Wild Card Weekend, the games are split between Saturday and Sunday. For Saturday’s slate, the Titans take on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Titans snuck into the postseason for the first time since 2008 when Jeff Fisher — yes that Jeff Fisher — was their head coach.
But another headline of the 2017 class involves the many nominees who reflect this unique point in NFL history, where the intersection of sports, politics and minority rights have defined the season. There’s a new kind of Man of the Year candidate, one whose community work focuses on fighting social injustices.
Of the 32 nominees, seven players were nominated specifically by their teams for their work in raising awareness of social injustice, ranging participating in police ride-alongs to organizing meetings with state senators. A year after Colin Kaepernick’s original anthem protest, 12 of the 32 nominees have been involved in some form of anthem demonstration this season, either sitting, kneeling or raising a fist.