Two Sheriff’s deputies have sons playing in the game -- Gwinnett County Deputy Sheriff Tamara Tuitt-Bartlett and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Jerome Hubbard. The BCS National Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Reserve Deputy Hubbard’s son Adrian Hubbard, a Norcross High School graduate, 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 plan to be in 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. “Adrian has always worked hard and has accomplished everything he has put his mind to, his mother and I are very proud," retired deputy Hubbard said.
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 served as a “Reserve” Deputy until 2010.
(Editor's note: This article was submitted by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office and edited to include Hubbard and Tuitt's high schools.)