Jay Gruden has come a long way since 2006.
As for his former team, 2006 was the last time the Preds had won their division — until now. South Division champions again, they will host the Pittsburgh Power in their first postseason game at 2 p.m. Sunday at UCF's CFE Arena.
"Things are always going to change, regardless of the fad or what's cool or what's 'in,''' Preds coach Rob Keefe said. "I'm sure Instagram won't be cool in five years."
Here's a look at the changes involving the team, city and society in general since 2006:
The Preds played their home games then at Amway Arena, which no longer exists, and are nearing the conclusion of their only season at UCF's CFE Arena, which did not open until 2007.
Lou Pearlman, manager of boy bands such as New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, was caught running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of nearly $300 million. He is serving a 25-year prison sentence.
Keefe won an ArenaCup championship as a player for the Spokane Shock in the AFL's then-developmental league, af2.
Greg Carr, the Preds' top receiver with 113 receptions for 1,435 yards and 36 touchdowns, was a sophomore at Florida State.
Starting quarterback Bernard Morris, who played at Jones, was a junior at Marshall.
In 2006, Tim Tebow was beginning his freshman year at the University of Florida. Now? There's a thing called Tebowmania, and new Preds owner David Siegel wants him to play in the arena league.
Speaking of Siegel, construction began on the 90,000-square-foot mansion dubbed "Versailles" on Lake Butler in Orange County in 2006. It still isn't finished.
The iPhone didn't exist! Neither did iPads, e-readers, such as the Kindle or Nook, or Instagram. Oh, and Twitter was born in 2006.
Pluto lost its status as a planet. Ouch.
Western Union discontinued its telegram service.
The Preds lost in the ArenaBowl in 2006. How far will they go this year?
We are about to find out.