Jon Gruden’s departure from ESPN, after agreeing to return as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, also means he will no longer host the popular Jon Gruden QB Camp series.
For the last eight years Gruden has mentored more than 50 quarterbacks during the ESPN program. With the NFL draft around the corner, ESPN has partnered with Russell Wilson to host the show which will be renamed SportsCenter Special: QB2QB.
“Russell is an ideal mentor for these young players entering the NFL. He overcame a fair amount of skepticism when he joined the league and worked hard to become one of the NFL’s top players,” said ESPN Monday Night Football producer Jay Rothman. “Our QB Camp series with Jon Gruden highlighted the relationship between coach and quarterback; this new iteration of the series will now explore the mentoring relationship between NFL veteran and these soon-to-be rookie players.”
As part of the series, Wilson will sit down one-on-one with Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, J.T. Barrett and running back Saquon Barkley. The Super Bowl winning quarterback will explore mental conditioning and share his career experiences with the pending draftees.
Russell Wilson expressed excitement for the opportunity saying, “Jon Gruden’s QB Camp was one of my favorite experiences of the NFL Draft process because it helped prepare me for some of the physical and mental demands of playing in the NFL. Now, I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet Baker, Saquon, Mason and J.T. to try to help them get ready for the next level as part of ESPN’s QB2QB. At the same time, I look forward to feeding off their energy and excitement as I prepare myself for the new experiences that await me this season.”
QB2QB will consist of four 30 minute episodes, each of which will debut on ESPN Tuesday, April 17th during prime time.