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Monday, June 8, 2009
Gruden shipping out for Persian Gulf

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden will be one of five current or former NFL coaches taking part in the first NFL-USO Coaches Tour.

Gruden, who now is an analyst for "Monday Night Football," will join Tom Coughlin, Bill Cowher, Jeff Fisher and John Harbaugh on a visit to troops in the Persian Gulf later this month and into July.

"You're talking about people who are all the way over there where the temperatures exceed 130 degrees," Gruden said. "These people miss their loved ones. They've been over there a long time. I'm sure they have the same fears as that the rest of us have. To go over there and give my thanks for all that they are doing, I'm really looking forward to the opportunity and the experience."