Tony Jaye Tucker Jr.

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Tony Jaye "TJ" Tucker Jr.
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Tucker DE #90 playing for Pitt
Free agent
Position: Defensive End
Personal information
Born: (1989-02-18) February 18, 1989 (age 30)
Maryland
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Career information
High school: St. John's College High, Washington, DC
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2011 ( the year of the lockout)  / Round: 
Career history
  • University of Pittsburgh, Prairie View Panthers of Texas (2010, 2011)
  • Lehigh Valley Steelhawks
  • Cedar Rapid Titans (end of 2012)
  • Washington Warriors (2015)
  • Rivals Professional League (2017)

Tony J. Tucker Jr. or TJ (born February 18, 1989) is currently a free agent American defensive end football player. He is known for being "quick off the ball". [1]

Defensive end Defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football

Defensive end (DE) is a defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football.

Football player Sport person who plays football

A football player or footballer is a sport person who plays one of the different types of football. The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union.

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High school career

Tony (TJ) Tucker Jr. has played the game of football all his life. He set his goal at a very young age to make it to the NFL by charting all his goals on poster board. He began playing football at the young age of 6 for the youth Boys and Girls Club the Falcons of Hyattsville and the Bowie Bulldogs, both teams out of Maryland. He's always had to play with older kids out of his age range due to his huge size. [2]

Boys & Girls Clubs of America American organization

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is a national organization of local chapters which provide after-school programs for young people. The organization, which holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code, has its headquarters in Atlanta, with regional offices in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, New York City and Los Angeles. BGCA is tax-exempt and partially funded by the federal government.

Maryland U.S. state in the United States

Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east. The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis. Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. It is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary, who was the wife of King Charles I.

While at St. John's College High School, Tony played as a two-year, two-way starter at defensive end and tight end. Tony worked hard to achieve his charted poster-board goals. Under the coaching leadership of Joe Patterson, he became one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the Washington, D.C. area. [3] Tony was selected in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) All League. [4] Other noted honors include the Washington Post All-Metropolitan First Team. [5] [6] Tony was honored with the highest football award, the Mush Dobofsky Award, at St. John's College High School.

St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., established in 1851, is the second oldest Christian Brothers School in the United States, and the oldest Army JROTC school. It was founded by Brother John of Mary, F.S.C., and two other Christian Brothers in St. Matthew's parish, at 15th and G Streets.

Washington, D.C. Capital of the United States

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States and a Founding Father. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, Washington is an important world political capital. The city, located on the Potomac River bordering Maryland and Virginia, is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million tourists annually.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com , Tucker was rated as the District of Columbia's No. 3 prospect and the nation's No. 11 weak-side defensive end. [7] [8] Tucker was rated the nation's No. 24 defensive end by Scout.com. [9] Tucker was rated the No. 8 prospect by sports magazine Super Prep in 2007. He made the George Michael Golden 11. [10] He was often referred to as "the choir boy" on his high school team, because of his devout faith in God. Tony is a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden with Pastor John K. Jenkins, [11] located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Rivals.com is a network of websites that focus mainly on college football and basketball recruiting in the United States. The network was started in 1998 and currently employs more than 300 personnel.

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In 2007, Tony was highly recruited from the DC Metropolitan area by over 35 college teams - including such schools as Virginia Tech, [12] Georgia Tech, [13] Clemson, Ohio, [14] and North Carolina. Following his high school career, Tucker participated in the 2007 East-West All American Game. [15]

Virginia Tech public research university with main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, commonly known as Virginia Tech and by the initials VT and VPI, is a public, land-grant, research university with its main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. It also has educational facilities in six regions statewide and a study-abroad site in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. Through its Corps of Cadets ROTC program, Virginia Tech is also designated as one of six senior military colleges in the United States.

Georgia Tech Public university in the United States

The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly referred to as Georgia Tech or Tech, is a public research university and institute of technology in Atlanta, Georgia. It is part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shenzhen, China; and Singapore.

Clemson University university in South Carolina, United States

Clemson University is a public, land-grant research university in Clemson, South Carolina. Founded in 1889, Clemson is the second-largest university in student population in South Carolina. For the fall 2017 semester, the university enrolled a total of 19,402 undergraduate students and 4,985 graduate students, and the student/faculty ratio was 18:1. Clemson's 1,400-acre campus is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and sits next to Lake Hartwell. The university manages the nearby 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest that is used for research, education, and recreation.

University of Pittsburgh career

National-caliber defensive end announced his commitment to Pitt on Jan 6 at the all-star game via ESPNU...legendary Pitt defensive end Hugh Green (1977–80) was an East assistant coach. [16]

Hugh Green (American football) All-American college football player, professional football player, linebacker, College Football Hall of Fame member

Hugh Donell Green is a former professional American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, and was recognized as a three-time consensus All-American. Green was selected in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins.

2007: One of the most heavily recruited players in the Washington D.C. area in defensive lineman Tony Tucker, who earned PrepStar College Recruiting All-America honors. [17] Tucker was red-shirted by Coach Dave Wannstedt on his freshman year at Pitt. The following year, Tony was slowly rotated into the game with his teammate Jabaal Sheard. Tucker helped his team by making key plays that brought major wins. [16] [18] [19]

Speedy defensive end who will be a significant member of Pitt's defensive line rotation... lettered last year in a reserve role...very effective with his hands and could emerge as one of the Panthers' top pass rushers [18]

Scout reporter

2008: During the upset of Pitt over Iowa, Coach Wannstedt played Tucker in each game as a top reserve at defensive end. Tony had four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble on the year. Tucker was noted for helping to clinch the Iowa victory with a pair of key plays on Iowa's final possession. He had a two-yard sack and then, on the next play, forced a fumble that was recovered by teammate Greg Romeus with 50 seconds left. Tucker was placed on the 2008 Big East All-Freshmen team [20]

In 2009, Unfortunately, Tony was hit hard by the decision of leaving his highly respected Pitt team as the news of his mother car accident. Tony was faced with no other option but to leave University of Pittsburgh. [21] Tony left Pitt to help take care of his mother. Shortly afterwards, Tony made attempts to attend University of Maryland at his father request, but academic requirements were not completely met and Tony was not allowed to play. Tucker then attend Prairie View A&M University. [22]

In 2011, the 2011 NFL lockout blocked Tucker's entrance into the NFL. During the Draft process the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, and Philadelphia Eagles expressed interest up until the NFL Lockout. Tucker was soon made an offer to play indoor football for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and the Cedar Rapids Titans. He continued his education as a student studying Criminal Justice at Kirkwood Community College. [23] [24]

Professional

One area that came alive against Reading was the defense, which recorded a safety on the game’s opening play and forced four turnovers, capped off by a 23-yard fumble return for a score by defensive lineman Tony Tucker in the final 30 seconds [28]

Cedar Rapid Gazette reporter

Tony has only been with the team a couple of weeks, so it was great to see him make a big play like that. That win was all about the defense. [28]

Titans quarterback Kenneth Black Jr.

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