Jon Gruden still has practice videotapes of the young, raw, rocket-armed quarterback the Green Bay Packers traded for in 1992.
Gruden was the team’s offensive quality control assistant in ’92 and was promoted to receivers coach in ’93. And Thursday on an ESPN SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp with Brett Favre, you might get a chance to watch videotape of a young Favre on the Packers’ practice field.
“That’s the beauty of the show, I hope some of the clips make it,” Gruden said in an interview today with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. “I saved practice tape from 1992, ’93, ’94. I bet I’ve got about 100 practice tapes. Brett came in here, I had clips of practice. You should see this guy throw the ball. He was like Nolan Ryan or Goose Gossage falling off the mound. Every pass he threw he was trying to throw it right through the receiver’s body, and he had success with a couple guys.”
The Gruden special with Favre will debut on ESPN at 6 p.m. Thursday. ESPN has made available a clip from the show shot this summer which shows Gruden working with Favre and a group of receivers, including former Packers receiver Antonio Freeman, in a gymnasium. Favre, who in recent years has been training for and participating in triathlons, appears to be in good physical condition.
“Forty-six years old, he’s in the best shape of his life,” Gruden said. “The way he threw the ball in my workout, looks like he could still play.”