Cindy Gruden is known in the sports world as the beautiful wife of former broadcaster turned NFL coach, Jon Gruden.
Her husband is back as coach of the Oakland Raiders, he also coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Check below interesting and fascinating facts about Cindy, including her family life next to her famous hubby, her bio, and of course about the couple’s children.
Deuce Gruden is a former football running back and the eldest child of Jon and Cindy Gruden.
He was born on January 19, 1994. Just like his father, Deuce turned to a coaching career.
So far, he’s worked as a coaching intern with Washington Redskins and proceeded to get a permanent position afterward. He left the job to go work with the Oakland Raiders, along with his father.
He is currently in his third season as a strength and conditioning assistant.
Deuce graduated from Lafayette College where he earned a degree in biology, while also playing running back for the Leopards. He also earned a Masters’s from A.T. Still University in Kinesiology with a focus on corrective exercise. In addition, he is certified in USA weightlifting coaching and as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Cindy Gruden’s husband was born Jon David Gruden on August 17, 1963. Widely known only as Jon Gruden, the Sandusky, Ohio native; followed into the footsteps of his father, Jim -who served as a professional football regional scout, running backs coach, and director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Jon Gruden was raised along with two brothers, Jay, and James Gruden. You’ve probably heard about Jay Gruden before since he is also an NFL coach. It is safe to say their brother, James -who works as a radiologist, chose a different path.
Jon played football in college. Following his high school graduation in 1981, Gruden attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. After one year, he transferred to the University of Dayton; where he was a three-year letterman and backup quarterback for the Flyers.
Gruden graduated with a degree in communications from the University of Dayton.
In the early 90’s he landed a job with the Green Bay Packers, as their special offensive assistant/wide receivers coach. After three seasons in Green Bay, Gruden moved on to become the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles. Gruden then was chosen to be the Raiders’ new head coach for the 1998 season.
After compiling a 40–28 win-loss record (including playoffs) in four seasons with the Raiders, Gruden became head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. Jon took home the Super Bowl championship (XXXVII) in his first year with the Buccaneers. Tampa fired him in January 2009, after seven seasons with the team.
Gruden then put his communications degree to use when joined ESPN. He worked as a color analyst on its Monday Night Football telecasts. The following year he created the Fired Football Coaches Association.
The 57-year-old is currently the head coach of the Raiders -where he has spent the last three seasons. The team hired him in January 2018.
Jon Gruden Wife
Jon Gruden found the love of his life decades ago when he met and eventually married, Cindy Gruden, formerly Brooks.
There’s no doubt coach Gruden would be as successful without Cindy by his side, it is safe to say, the lovely coach’s wife has been very supportive of her husband’s career and elemental in his success both in the professional field and as a family man.
It is often the wives that keep everything together at home while the men shine on the sports field.
Jon and Cindy Gruden became husband and wife in 1991. She met her future husband while she was a college student. Now, they have been married for nearly three decades.
Jon Gruden Wife Cindy Brooks
Jon and Cindy Brooks, who now goes as Cindy Gruden, have known each other for over 30-years and have been husband and wife for 29 of those years.
She recalled during an interview about meeting her hubby
“I know I was amazed at all the parking tickets he had at Tennessee. The coaches would send him down to The Strip (Knoxville’s main drag) to get something to eat for everybody, and of course, parking was just terrible, so he’d just get a place and get a ticket. I don’t know if he ever paid all those tickets.”
Fast forward to present times, the couple has built a solid family together.
Cindy Gruden Hometown
Cindy Gruden hails originally from Tennessee -where she was born and raised by her parents. Her exact date of birth is not known and info about her parents or siblings if any is not available.
She was born Cindy Brooks in Knoxville, Tennessee, and largely spent most of her younger years there.
Cindy Gruden Tennessee Cheerleader
While growing up in Tennessee, Cindy became active in her school’s cheerleading squad. This means prior to her marriage to Jon Gruden, she was a bit familiar with the competitiveness, passion, and discipline of sports.
While being a cheerleader at the University of Tennessee, was also how she and Jon, who was part of the football program, came to be.
Cindy Gruden Biography
Cindy Gruden showed a keen interest in sports growing up the reason why she was part of the cheerleader’s squad when she was at the University Of Tennessee.
While attending University she studied Classical Piano and Music Education plus Educational Administration.
It is pretty normal for coach’s wives to participate in a number of philanthropic efforts. And Cindy Gruden is no exception.
The mom of three has been involved a lot of charity work over the years. Together with her husband, they have worked together with various cancer-related philanthropic works plus they have raised funds for a wide variety of charitable organizations.
In 2015, the Moffitt Cancer Center dedicated the Gruden Huddle Room at the Moffitt McKinley Outpatient Center in recognition of their support.
In addition to charity work, Cindy has been the head instructor for the National Cheerleader Association and has worked with different high schools and colleges as an instructor. She is also a fitness instructor.
According to her Facebook page, Cindy Gruden, and her family are residents of Tampa, Florida.
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Jon Gruden Son
Jon and Cindy Gruden are the proud parents of three sons, Deuce, Michael, and Jayson Gruden.
Deuce is perhaps the most known of the three since he also chose to work in the NFL. According to his Raiders bio, Deuce Gruden served as a strength and conditioning assistant with the Washington Redskins for two seasons (2016-17). He was promoted as a full-time strength and conditioning coach during the 2017 offseason.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Deuce played an integral role in training athletes at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando for Jon Gruden’s QB Camp, where he led workouts for college players preparing to participate in the NFL Combine.
During his time with the Washington Redskins, Deuce worked under his uncle, Jay Gruden.
Michael Gruden who goes by Mike appears to be into music. According to his LinkedIn, he is a Music Producer at HEXED. He studied marketing at the University of Tennessee.
Jayson Gruden has turned to sports just not the one his older brother and father picked. Jayson is into MMA. He made his debut in 2018
Jay Gruden Wife
Jon Gruden’s younger brother, Jay Gruden is the current offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The 53-year-old Ohio native is a former quarterback who played at the University of Louisville, recording 7,024 passing yards and 44 touchdowns during his career.
He never made it into the NFL but put together an impressive career in the Arena Football League; winning the ArenaBowl title four times as quarterback of the Tampa Bay Storm and he was named league MVP in 1992.
Jay is known for having served as head coach of the Washington Redskins in 2014. He had previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2011 to 2013.
Jay is happily married to his wife Sherry Gruden.
Sherry who hails from Louisville, Kentucky; met her husband while attending the University of Louisville. They tied the knot in 1999 and together they have three children, sons: Jack, J.J., and Joey.
The football spouse and mother of three also made a career for herself. She worked for years as a real estate agent and her team became one of the tops in the nation for Caldwell Banker.