The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office has a unique stake in this year’s 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, between #1 ranked Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” and #2 ranked Alabama “Crimson Tide." Two Sheriff’s Deputies, Gwinnett County Deputy Sheriff Tamara Tuitt-Bartlett and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Jerome Hubbard, have sons playing in this year’s National Championship Game.
Reserve Deputy Jerome Hubbard’s son Adrian Hubbard, a Lawrenceville native and Norcross High alum, is a starting outside linebacker for the Crimson Tide. Deputy Sheriff Tuitt-Bartlett’s son Stephon Tuitt, a graduate of Monroe High School, is a starting defensive end for The Fighting Irish and Both families are headed to Miami to cheer on their sons.
“We are so excited and proud of Stephon for his athletic accomplishments, but more importantly, the strong student he has become," Tuitt-Bartlett stated.
Stephon is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame and was on the “watch list” for the “Ted Hendricks” award given to the nation’s top defensive lineman.
Adrian Hubbard, is a starting red-shirt sophomore outside linebacker playing in his second National Championship game with the Crimson Tide.
Retired Deputy Hubbard said, “Adrian has always worked hard and has accomplished everything he has put his mind to, his mother and I are very proud."
Adrian was The Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of The Week, after his performance against LSU in November.
Deputy Sheriff Tuitt-Bartlett has been employed with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office since 2005. Reserve Deputy Sheriff Jerome Hubbard started with the Sheriff’s office after retiring from the military in 1996. Hubbard worked with the Sheriff’s Office until 2001, when he retired and became a “Reserve” Deputy until 2010.
This article was submitted by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office and edited to include Hubbard and Tuitt's high schools.