While Jon Gruden’s sideline anger has been masked (perhaps not as typically correctly) in 2020, it is that flamboyant streak on the sideline that earned the Raiders head coach his nickname.
Gruden is usually often known as “Chucky,” after the character within the horror film sequence “Child’s Play.” Gruden’s expressions mixed along with his red-tinged hair make it a comparatively easy leap, though Gruden is not homicidal just like the Chucky character was. It’s a nickname Gruden had bestowed upon him greater than 20 years in the past, when he was in his first yr as head coach of the then-Oakland Raiders.
Here’s extra about how Gruden bought his nickname.
Why is Jon Gruden nicknamed ‘Chucky’?
According to a Gruden interview with Sports Illustrated in 2002, it was Raiders operating again Harvey Williams who gave him the nickname. Gruden was particularly mad at Williams, and Williams determined that Gruden reminded him of the Chucky character.
Here’s how Gruden described what made him mad to SI: “He went the wrong way on an audible. Ninety-six is to the right, 97 is to the left: We called a 96, he went 97. The guy went the other way. Of course there were only five major television networks at the game, 70,000 fans there booing. Sorry for getting upset. Gee. Next thing I know, a newspaper has a picture of Chucky next to a picture of me. Next thing I know, no one knows my name anymore.”
The Child’s Play sequence got here out in 1988, so it took a full decade for it to ruminate within the public’s thoughts earlier than Gruden was given his nickname. Gruden ultimately purchased into the nickname, and when he interviewed quarterback prospects for ESPN for quite a few years, he had a Chucky doll on his shelf.
After one 2018 recreation, Gruden even referred to his alter ego as such, ending a solution a few run being referred to as again with, “Chucky got here out for a quick second tonight.”
Who is Chucky?
Charles Lee “Chucky” Ray is a fictional character and the primary protagonist of the Child’s Play horror movie sequence. Chucky is the spirit of a useless serial killer which inhabits a “Good Guy” doll and tries to switch his spirit again right into a human physique.
Here’s a facet by facet of Gruden and Chucky, for those who’re curious.