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Justin Tuck recently joined the Oakland Raiders defense and is quickly becoming the face of a reemerging organization. Tuck was formerly the leader and Captain of the Giants’ defense for nine years. He helped propel the Giants to two Super Bowl victories and is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
Despite appearing on some of the biggest stages in football such as MetLife Stadium with the Giants, two Super Bowl fields and at the historic University of Notre Dame, Tuck does not forget his small town roots. Born and raised in Kellyton, Alabama, the town has earned the moniker “Tuckville,” due to the 150+ family members who make up a good portion of the 215-person population. In his immediate family alone, Tuck is one of seven children and many of his relatives live on the same street.
Tuck entered the 2005 NFL Draft and was selected 74th overall by the New York Giants. During Super Bowl XLII, Tuck notched a game-high 2.0 sacks to go along with his six tackles and one forced fumble in the Giants stunning win over the New England Patriots. He duplicated this remarkable performance in Super Bowl XLVI where the Giants were able to once again best the Patriots. In that game, Tuck again registered 2.0 sacks and forced a pivotal safety.
Each time the Giants won the Super Bowl, Tuck was highly coveted by the national media due to his superb performance and charismatic personality. In the days following Super Bowl XLII, he appeared on CBS’s The Early Show, MTV’s TRL, ESPN’s hit radio show Mike & Mike, and Fox Business Live among others. And following Super Bowl XLVI, he was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon followed by appearances on the Today Show and Live with Kelly. Tuck has also starred in four national TV spots for Subway, Nike, ESPN and Electronic Arts.
Outside of football, Tuck’s philanthropy focuses on children and education. He and his wife Lauran have developed Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy for the children in his hometown community in Alabama, as well as children in New York, New Jersey and California. Tuck’s program donates money and thousands of new books to underserved children to help combat summer learning loss and to encourage a love of learning. Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy also provides children’s savings accounts to help children make their dreams of attending college a reality. Tuck is a member of Ronnie Lott’s All Stars Helping Kids. In furthering his passion for literacy, Tuck penned his first children’s book, “Home-Field Advantage” in 2011.
Lauran Tuck graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2006 with a degree in Marketing. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Lauran worked for the Hartford Financial Services Group, in Media & Community Relations. A philanthropist and education advocate, Lauran co-founded Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy with her husband, Justin, in 2008. In addition to her work with Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy and its many collaborations, Lauran serves on the Board of Directors for New Yorkers for Children, the Board of Trustees for LINK Community School, and on the University of Notre Dame’s Performing Arts Advisory Council. She is also the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Leadership Alumni Association. Lauran and Justin are also proud parents, they have two children: Jayce and Jonah.
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