Founder - R.U.S.H. for Literacy; Oakland Raiders Defensive End
Two-Time Super Bowl Champion and All-Pro Defensive End for the Oakland Raiders Not long after Justin Tuck joined the Oakland Raiders defense, he quickly became 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 Bowls 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. As a Giant he helped guide the team to two Super Bowl Championships. 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 the 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 philanthropic passion is helping children overcome illiteracy. He and his wife Lauran founded Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy in 2008 for the children in his hometown community in Alabama, as well as children in New York, New Jersey and California. Tuck’s initiative donates money and thousands of new books to underserved children to help instill the ideals of reading at an early age. Tuck is also 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.