Weight of family name no sweat for Jon Gruden's son
For all of his dad's influence and cachet in the NFL stratosphere, Jon Gruden II is letting the world know he can carry his own weight.
Twice his weight, in fact. Or three times as much if you're talking squats and dead lifts.
The younger Gruden, a 23-year-old known universally as Deuce, currently is competing in the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus. Endowed with a wrecking-ball frame (5-foot-6, 180 pounds), he qualified with an astounding performance at last fall's USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals in Atlanta.
Here's footage of Gruden's nationals performance, in which he bench-pressed 402 pounds, squatted 584 and dead-lifted 633.
His football coach at Carrollwood Day, Lane McLaughlin, said Gruden still owns every weightlifting record at the school.
"There's never been anybody stronger than him," said McLaughlin, who used the younger Gruden at multiple positions (and had his father as an assistant). "But he's built for lifting."
The elder Gruden and his wife, Cindy, are with Deuce in Belarus, according to this Los Angeles Times story. A seldom-used running back at Division I-AA Lafayette, Deuce Gruden currently is a strength-and-conditioning assistant for the Redskins, coached by his uncle, Jay.
“I took pride in trying to be as strong as I could," the elder Jon Gruden told the L.A. Times. "I never got anywhere in the same zip code as this guy. His mother is a physical-fitness freak. Weightlifting to Deuce is like football to me.”