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Jon Gruden still enjoys TV

FILE - This Sept. 14, 2009 file photo

FILE - This Sept. 14, 2009 file photo shows ESPN Monday Night Football broadcaster Jon Gruden before an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Gruden says he hasn't received an offer to coach the Tennessee Volunteers as part of a deal that includes becoming part owner of the Cleveland Browns. Memphis TV station WREG reported Gruden was weighing a Tennessee offer that would give him a piece of the Browns, who are owned by Jimmy Haslam _ brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) (Credit: AP Photo Steven Senne)

Few would have expected when he joined ESPN’s “Monday Night Football’’ that in 2013 Jon Gruden still would be at it, entering his fifth season. (Or that Bill Cowher would be entering his seventh season in CBS’ studio, but that’s another story.)

Why the appeal of sticking with television over coaching, beyond the obvious plus of going undefeated every season?

“Well, first of all, you're very close to the game,’’ Gruden said. “It's not like you put football away. You have access to things you've never seen before, seeing teams practice, seeing their facilities. You still get to study the tape. You see the game from a different angle. So that helps.

"You don't miss the game like some people think because you're so very close to it. And I'll be honest with you, this is a fun profession.’’

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