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Tuck became the tenth player drafted in the third round by the New York Giants (#74 Overall)
Career highlights include: Kicked off the 2009 season as Week 1 NFC Defensive Player of the Week, recorded a career best 12.0 sacks during the 2008 season en route to Pro Bowl honors, and notched a game-high two sacks along with six tackles and one forced fumble in the Giants stunning win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He was a major contributor on the Giants defensive line that led the NFL in sacks (53) during the 2007 season. He also posted 10 sacks and 65 tackles in 2007, finished his Notre Dame career with a school-record 24.5 quarterback sacks, and also set a single season Notre Dame record with 13.5 sacks in 2003. Tuck was voted the Irish’s Most Valuable Player in 2004.
“A New York State of Mind”…Tuck will be a fixture on the Giants defensive line for the foreseeable able future as he inked a five-year contract extension that will keep him in New York through 2013.
Super Bowl Star… Tuck’s dominant performance in Super Bowl XLII led to serious attention from major media outlets. In the days following the game, Tuck appeared on CBS’s “The Early Show”, MTV’s “TRL,” ESPN’s hit radio show “Mike & Mike,” and “Fox Business Live” among others.
A Blessing in Disguise… The best way to describe Tuck’s journey to Notre Dame from Alabama was accidental. While recruiting another player, a Notre Dame assistant became lost in the country roads of Central Alabama while looking for Tuscaloosa. It was at this time that he accidentally stumbled upon Tuck who was a star linebacker and tight end for Central Coosa County High School.
Tuckville, USA… Kellyton, AL, or better known as “Tuckville”, is home to Justin’s 150 family members who make up a good portion of the 700-person population. Tuck is one of seven children and many of his relatives live on his street. In fact, the Tucks account for 80 names in the local phone book.
Blue-Collar Work Ethic… Justin’s unsurpassed work ethic can be traced back to his parents who instilled a blue-collar mentality at an early age. Tuck’s mother, Elaine, worked at the nearby Russell Athletic Company clothing mill in Tallapoosa for 30 years. Justin followed in his mothers footsteps and also worked at the Russell mill while growing up.
Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy… Tuck’s philanthropic passion is promoting children’s literacy. He and his wife Lauran have developed a program for the children in his hometown community in Alabama as well as under-served children in New York. Tuck’s program donates money and thousands of new books to children to help instill the ideals of reading at an early age.