Jon Gruden predicted Case Keenum's rise in 2012: 'You will get your chance'

Nobody could have foreseen Case Keenum's dramatic rise from obscurity to stardom. Nobody except for Jon Gruden, that is.

While Keenum's journey from an undrafted free agent to leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game seems like the stuff of legend, Gruden is apparently a soothsayer, as he eerily predicted a similar scenario five years ago.

In 2012, Gruden sat down with Keenum as part of his QB Camp interviews leading up to the draft. Despite Keenum's prolific career at Houston, he was a fringe 7th-round prospect at-best.

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HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars throws a pass against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Robertson Stadium November 17, 2007 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 35-28. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Quarterback Case Keenum, # 7 of the Houston Cougars, watches the action on the sidelines during the game against the Central Florida Knights, at Bright House Networks Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Quarterback Case Keenum of Houston runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 11: Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Texans against the Carolina Panthers during a preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Texans defeated the Panthers, 26-13. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 18: Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Texans during preseason game action at Reliant Stadium on August 18, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX- NOVEMBER 17: Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Texans walks off the field after the Houston Texans turn the ball over on downs against the Oakland Raiders on November 17, 2013 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Raiders won 28 to 23.(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 14: Case Keenum #17 of the St. Louis Rams looks to pass the ball against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on August 14, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 27: Quarterback Case Keenum #17 of the St. Louis Rams signals to the sidelines during the first quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA - MARCH 04: Case Keenum #17 of the Los Angeles Rams attends the Los Angeles Rams Media Availability on March 4, 2016 in Manhattan Beach, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - MAY 14: NFL player Case Keenum attends KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2016 at StubHub Center on May 14, 2016 in Carson, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Case Keenum #17 of the Los Angeles Rams high fives fans as he leaves the field after his team's 9-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the home opening NFL game at Los Angeles Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16: Case Keenum #17 of the Los Angeles Rams changes the play at the line during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 16, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Rams 31-28. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 10: Case Keenum #7 hands the ball off to Bishop Sankey #43 of the Minnesota Vikings during the game against the Buffalo Bills on August 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. Minnesota defeats Buffalo 17-10. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 1: Case Keenum #7 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after a failed fourth down attempt in the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions on October 1, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lions defeated the Vikings 14-7. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 12: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) high fives fans as he runs into the locker room after winning the game between the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field on Sunday, November 12, 2017. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 24: Case Keenum of the Minnesota Vikings attends the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Miami Heat on November 24, 2017 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 17: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) calls a play during a NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals on December 17, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.The Vikings defeated the Bengals 34-7.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 31: Case Keenum #7 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on after the game against the Chicago Bears on December 31, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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During his meeting with Keenum, Gruden addressed the likelihood of him going undrafted -- but told the then-24-year-old quarterback his time will come.

"Does the draft really matter? At the end of the day, at the end of your career, at the end of time, does it really matter?" Gruden asked. "All it takes is one coach that believes in you. Make a note here, just be ready. Just be ready. Just be ready, because you will get your chance.

"You like this stuff don't you? You're going to be alright, Keenum. You just keep competing, you just keep working. Somebody's going to take you. Somebody's not, somebody's going to be sorry."

Keenum, of course, wouldn't hear his name called. But five years and three teams later, it looks like Gruden's prediction has come true. He waited for his opportunity. He found a coach who believes in him in Pat Shurmur. He made sure he was ready.

And after opening the season as the Vikings' third-string quarterback, Keenum eventually received his chance and he's made the most of it.

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