The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office has a unique stake in this year’s BCS National Championship game between the top-ranked Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” and the No. 2 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 title 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. The red-shirt sophomore will be playing in his second national championship game with the Tide. According to Dep. Hubbard, “Adrian has always worked hard and has accomplished everything he has put hismind to, his mother and I are very proud.” Hubbard was the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player Of The Week, after his performance against LSU in November.
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.
According to the GCSO, 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.