On the field, Justin Tuck certainly left a lasting impact in New York Giants history.
A Pro Bowl defensive end who teamed up with Michael Strahan on a dangerous Giants defense, Tuck went from a third-round pick into a tremendous pass-rusher.
Tuck didn’t just make his impact with the New York Giants, though. When his playing career ended, Tuck jumped into the financial world at Goldman Sachs.
Justin Tuck is a New York Giants legend
Nicknamed “The Freak” for his athletic talents at Notre Dame, Justin Tuck left South Bend as the school’s all-time leading sacker.
The New York Giants used a third-round selection on Tuck in the 2005 NFL draft. Although Tuck only registered one sack in his first two seasons, he broke out with a 10-sack, 16-tackle for loss campaign in 2007.
Tuck also had two sacks and four TFLs that postseason as the Giants rode a David Tyree catch en route to an upset victory over New England in Super Bowl 42.
From 2008-13, Tuck totaled 49.5 sacks, forced 16 fumbles, recorded 71 tackles for loss, and even scored a pick-6. Tuck made two Pro Bowls and added 3.5 sacks in the Giants’ playoff run in early-2012, one that ended with a victory in Super Bowl 46.
Tuck earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2008, when he had a career-high 12 sacks, and made the second-team in 2010.
The veteran defensive end played the final two seasons of his career with the Oakland Raiders. Tuck registered six sacks and 14 tackles for loss across those 20 games.
Tuck had an impact off the field, too
In addition to making his presence known on the field, Justin Tuck left a lasting impact away from the gridiron, too.
Tuck and his wife, Lauran, developed a literacy program — R.U.S.H. for Literacy — in 2008.
According to Pledge It, R.U.S.H for Literacy is “committed to raising funds to donate books and reading materials to support children in the New York, New Jersey, California and Central Alabama communities, as well as providing local organizations with grants to further serve youth.”
Tuck was named the Raiders’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in December 2015. Tuck’s former teammate, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, shared the award with Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Justin Tuck joined Goldman Sachs after his career ended
Justin Tuck retired after the 2015 season. Rather than go into coaching or broadcasting, Tuck walked a different path.
Tuck graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2018 with a Master of Business Administration in management.
Tuck began a career at Goldman Sachs as a vice president in the private wealth management division that July.
In a 2018 interview with CNBC, Tuck explained how his extended NFL career prepared him for a job in the business world.
Tuck said the key to success, both in the NFL and in business, was being prepared.
“At the NFL level, not being prepared means Tom Brady throws 400 yards against you. Not being prepared at a place like Goldman Sachs means that some of your trusted clients are losing money.”
Tuck still works at Goldman Sachs, according to his LinkedIn. Tuck is also eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time this year.