Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Bruce Gradkowski has been hired by the XFL to be an offensive coordinator.
“I’m thrilled to officially welcome our OCs and DCs to the XFL,” said Marc Ross, Executive Vice President, Football Operations. “Individually and collectively, these are tremendous coaches and true leaders whose expertise will be crucial not only for the success of their teams, but for the dynamic football product we will deliver to fans,” said Marc Ross, Executive Vice President, Football Operations.”
The 39 year-old former starting quarterback will be on Anthony Becht’s staff. If the name Becht sounds familiar it should. Becht was an NFL tight end for eleven seasons including three years as a Buccaneer.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Gradkowski in the sixth round (194th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. After a promising preseason he was nicknamed “The Great Gradkowski”. When starting quarterback Chris Simms suffered a ruptured spleen, Gradkowski was named the starter going into Week 5 against New Orleans. In his debut, he completed 20 of 31 attempts for 225 yards with two touchdowns as the Buccaneers suffered their fourth consecutive loss.”
“In his first year in Tampa Bay in 2005, Becht recorded 16 receptions, much like his rookie year, 112 yards but no touchdowns as his career began to slide downward. The Buccaneers drafted tight end Alex Smith in the 2005 draft. In 2006, Becht saw himself being replaced by the rookie, Smith. Still, Becht grabbed 18 receptions for 115 yards and a score, from mainly rookie Bruce Gradkowski.”
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