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Ravens' Jerry Rosburg only second coach of 2017 to be named 'Gruden Grinder'

Jerry Rosburg’s cell phone was buzzing furiously after he left M&T Bank Stadium following the Ravens’ 23-16 victory over the Houston Texans on Monday night. That meant one of two things to the special teams coordinator/associate head coach.

“I figured something bad happened or something good happened,” Rosburg said before Thursday afternoon’s practice. “I’m glad it was something good.”

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Rosburg’s phone was flooded with congratulatory text messages after former Super Bowl-winning coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden named Rosburg his “Gruden Grinder” after Monday’s game. The “Gruden Grinder” is awarded to one individual who played a role in his team’s performance on Monday night.

Rosburg joins Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett as the only coaches to earn that honor this season. Rosburg’s unit put on a performance that included a 22-yard pass from punter Sam Koch to wide receiver Chris Moore on a successful fake punt that led to the Ravens’ first touchdown of the evening, three field goals from kicker Justin Tucker and five punts inside Houston’s 20-yard line from Koch.

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Rosburg appreciated the recognition, which he shared with the players, assistant special teams coach Chris Horton and specialists coach Randy Brown.

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“It is an honor,” Rosburg said. “Coming from a Super Bowl champion football coach that understands the role of special teams and the big picture of things and how important it is – special teams, that is – for the win, we take it really as a whole special teams honor. It’s not just one guy because it’s a team game and I think the honor goes to our players that execute and our players that practice hard and our staff – Chris and Randy. I think it’s really for everybody. Coach Gruden understands the role that has on a football team, and we take it as a high compliment.”

Rosburg said the tribute was especially helpful in connecting him with friends he had not communicated with in a while.

“I got messages from people I hadn’t heard from in a long time, and one of the guys kind of lost track of me,” he said. “He thought I was in the witness protection program. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. So I got some publicity. On a side note, one individual said to me, ‘If this doesn’t stop soon, I’m going to have to shut my TV off before I vomit.’ These are real good friends that I have.”

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