Deuce Gruden, Jon Gruden’s Son, Wins Gold at IPF World Championships

Over in Belarus, the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships are well underway and Jon “Deuce” Gruden II has earned himself a gold medal in the 183-pound weight class with a total of 752.5kg.

In an Instagram post, he wrote,

A lot of great lifters from all over the world competed here in Minsk today. To walk away with the world title is a humbling experience and the greatest accomplishment of my life. This one’s for the boys back at Powerhouse in North Tampa! #grudengrinder

Gruden’s father is Jon Gruden, an influential American football coach and commentator who led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory in 2002. According to Deuce, his father was instrumental in introducing him to strength training and showed him his first squat rack in the Buccaneers’ training facility.

In a pretty cool interview with a Fox News affiliate in Tampa Bay, Deuce said that his last name gets him in the door, but it’s always been his job to earn his keep.

“I fell in love with strength training in college, and once I discovered powerlifting it was like, game over,” he explained. “I had something to compete in after football.”

In another interview with the LA Times, he spoke in more depth about why he finds lifting to be such an enjoyable sport.

There were weights I couldn’t come close to budging when I was in college. now I’m ripping off five sets at a time. It’s one of those things where you get to see how far you’ve come.

Jon Gruden senior, meanwhile, appears to be in awe of his son’s strength, saying,

(As a quarterback) I took pride in trying to be as strong as I could (but) I never got anywhere in the same ZIP code as this guy (…) Weight lifting to Deuce is like football to me.

The 23-year-old was hired as an assistant strength coach with his uncle Jay Gruden, who coaches the Washington Redskins, and his current PRs are a squat of 282kg (622 pounds), a bench of 200kg (440 pounds), and a deadlift of 302kg (666 pounds). The 666-pound deadlift PR came just a couple of weeks ago at a bodyweight of 183.6 pounds (83.3kg), and you can watch it below.

It looks like Gruden didn’t hit any of those PRs at the championship in Minsk — he made a 272.5kg (600lb) squat, 190kg (418.9lb) bench, and 290kg (639lb) deadlift. But it was enough to earn him the total for first place by just 2.5 kilograms ahead of fellow American Sean Noriega.

Congratulations to Deuce — we’re looking forward to seeing the numbers he’ll put up in the future.

Featured image via @deucegruden on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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