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Deuce Gruden Wins Gold At World Classic Powerlifting Championships

Posted Jun 19, 2017

The Redskins' assistant strength and conditioning coach took first at an IPF championship on Monday in front of his dad, Jon Gruden.

It was quite a Father’s Day present for Jon Gruden.

Jon’s son and head coach Jay Gruden’s nephew, Deuce Gruden, one of the Redskins’ assistant strength and conditioning coaches, put on quite the show at the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships Monday morning, when he won the gold medal in the junior 183-pound weight class.

The event was held in Belarus, and Jon was in attendance to see Deuce, whose full name in Jon David Gruden II, take first in the competition.

Deuce, 5-foot-5, 180 pounds, majored in biology at Lafayette, where he played running back from 2012-2015. He joined the Redskins last year as an intern and was promoted to an assistant for this season.

“I took pride in trying to be as strong as I could," Jon Gruden said in an L.A. Times feature. "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.”

Deuce is now squatting 622 pounds with a 440-pound bench and a 666-pound dead lift.

"I fell in love with strength training in college,” Deuce told FOX 13’s Scott Smith.  “Once I discovered power lifting it was like, game over. I have something to compete in after football.

"The last name is why I am where I am. It's how I got in the door,” he said.  “But my dad always said he'll be able to get me in the door -- it's my job to stay in that lane.”

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