Now entering his fourth year in the NFL, Deuce Gruden returns for his second season with the Silver and Black as a strength and conditioning assistant.
In his first season with the Raiders in 2018, Gruden worked closely with TE Jared Cook, who appeared in all 16 games and started in 14 contests, the second-most of his career. Under Gruden's training, Cook was able to set career highs in nearly every major statistical category this past season, including receptions (68), yards (896) and touchdowns (six) and was named to the Pro Bowl. Gruden also worked with two Pro Bowl alternates in C Rodney Hudson and G/T Kelechi Osemele.
In his last season with the Redskins in 2017, Gruden was promoted to a strength and conditioning assistant, a year that saw three Redskins named to the Pro Bowl and an additional two added as alternates. Under Gruden's tutelage as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 2017 marked the first time since 2012-13 in which the club has had at least three Pro Bowl selections in back-to-back seasons.
Among his coaching responsibilities in 2017, Gruden also played a large role training athletes in attendance for Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden's 2017 Gruden QB Camp. It was there that Gruden oversaw workouts for athletes who were preparing and practicing to participate in the NFL Combine.
His inaugural season in the NFL came in 2016 as a strength and conditioning intern for the Redskins. That year, Gruden was a fixture in the team's program, helping train a club that rostered five Pro Bowl selections.
PERSONAL: Native of Tampa, Fla. …Currently working on a Master's degree from A.T. Still University in Kinesiology with a focus in corrective exercise…Certified in USA weightlifting, FMS and as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist…A competitive powerlifter who won gold at the 2017 International Powerlifting Federation's World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus…Attended Lafayette University where he earned a degree in biology while also playing running back for the Leopards from 2012-15…Son of Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden and nephew of Washington Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden.