The Orange Bowl between Alabama and Notre Dame will be televised Monday, January 7, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Two Gwinnett Sheriff’s Deputies have sons playing in this year’s title game -- on opposite teams. Gwinnett County Deputy Sheriff Tamara Tuitt-Bartlett and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Jerome Hubbard have the personal connections.
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Reserve Deputy 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.
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 Tuitt is a sophomore at Notre Dame and was on the “watch list” for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive lineman.
Adrian Hubbard is a starting redshirt sophomore outside linebacker playing in his second National Championship game with the Crimson Tide, which won the title in 2012. 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.
Tuitt-Bartlett has been employed with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office since 2005. 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 by Patch.
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