- Born and raised in Miami, Fla., Tulloch has Jamaican heritage. His parents arrived in the United States as young adults from Jamaica before he was born. He is appreciative of his Jamaican ancestry and frequently enjoys his mother's native cuisine.
- Tulloch credits his mother, Mercedes, as his inspiration and reason for his success. As a single mom, she worked as a nurse to provide for him and two siblings.
- Older brother David Tulloch played defensive tackle at Florida State (1995-1998).
- Hosts annual free football camp in July for Miami area youth.
- List of favorites: (movie) "Green Mile"; (actor) Denzel Washington; (sports hero) Mike Singletary; (food) Jamaican; (car) Mercedes S550; and (vacation getaway) Jamaica.
- After completing his professional football career, Tulloch desires to develop a youth center to provide a healthy environment for children to grow, stay out of trouble and participate in extracurricular activities. He already has launched The Stephen Tulloch Foundation to benefit underprivileged children in Miami and has organized a bowling event and football camp through the foundation.
2011: Signed with Detroit August 1. Serves as the team’s starting middle linebacker. Leads the team with 104 tackles. Also has added 3 sacks, a career-high 2 interceptions, 5 pass defenses and 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown.
- Recorded his first sack as a Detroit Lion for a loss of 4 yards in season opener at Tampa Bay (9/11). Added 4 solo tackles.
- Was part of a defensive unit that allowed just 56 yards on the ground against the Buccaneers. It is the lowest rushing total allowed by the Lions on the road in a season opener since allowing 31 yards at Seattle September 12, 1999. It was also their lowest rushing total allowed overall on opening day since limiting the Green Bay Packers to 46 yards September 11, 2005. No Bucs running back rushed for more than 15 yards and just 1 of their 17 first downs came on the ground.
- Through the first three quarters, the Lions defense forced three-and-outs on five of the Bucs' first eight possessions, including three-straight to open the third quarter. On the Lions first defensive possession that started at the Lions 21-yard line following a 78-yard kickoff return, the Lions defense held firm and did not allow a first down, forcing a Buccaneer field goal. In the first half, the defense allowed just 6 points and limited the Bucs to just 8:15 of possession time in the first two quarters.
- Recorded second-career fumble recovery vs. Kansas City (9/18) after DE Kyle Vanden Bosch sacked QB Matt Cassel. Was part of a team effort that registered 6 turnovers in the game against Kansas City, including 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. It marked the first time since the Lions claimed a 24-17 win at Houston (Oilers, 12/10/95) that the team had 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries.
- Through 2 games, the defense has collected 8 takeaways (4 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries), and for the second consecutive game, have yielded no touchdowns in the first half. In total, they've allowed just 1 touchdown (passing) and 3 field goals through the first two games.
- Led the team in tackles with 7 at Minnesota (9/25), a single game career high. After a slow first half, allowing the Vikings to gain 124 yards on 16 carries (7.8 avg.) in the first half, the Lions defense helped the team’s come-from-behind win by stuffing the run in the second half yielding just 8 rushing yards on 7 carries (1.1 avg.). Vikings’ All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson recorded 73 yards on 12 rushes in the first half, but wash held to just 5 yards on 5 carries by the Lions in the second half.
- With 11:40 left to play in the fourth quarter and trailing 20-17, the Lions stuffed the Vikings on fourth-and-1 at the Lions 17-yard line. The Lions followed up with a scoring drive that culminated in a 40-yard game-tying field goal.
- Recorded his third career interception and a team-high 12 tackles (10 solo) in the Lions 34-30 win at Dallas (10/2). Tulloch’s interception gave the Lions the ball at the Dallas 40-yard line in the fourth quarter with 4:22 left to play and led to a touchdown that helped seal the comeback win. It was the third interception on the day for Detroit.
- Recorded his second sack of the season for a loss of 7 yards vs. San Francisco (10/16). Added 6 tackles.
- Led the team with 8 tackles (6 solo) and 1 sack at Denver (10/30). It was his third sack of the season, which is a new single-season career high.
- Tied for the team lead with 7 tackles (all solo) at Chicago (11/13).
- Had 6 tackles and an interception vs. Carolina (11/20). The fourth quarter pick of Cam Newton sealed the Lions win. It was his second of the season and it marks the first time in his career he has recorded 2 interceptions in the same season.
- Had 3 tackles vs. Green Bay (11/24).
- Tied for a team-high 10 tackles at New Orleans (12/4).
- Tulloch had a team-high 9 tackles vs. Minnesota. He also recovered a fumble in the end zone in the first quarter for his first career touchdown.
- Recorded 7 tackles (6 solo) vs. San Diego. The 7 tackles puts his total at 104, the third time in his career he has surpassed the 100 tackle mark.
2010: Started all 16 games at linebacker and led Tennessee for the second consecutive season with a career-best 169 tackles. Led or tied for the team lead in tackles eight times (vs. DEN, at DAL, at JAX, vs. PHI, at MIA, at HST, vs. JAX, vs. HST). Was voted a team captain for the 2010 season by his teammates.
- Against Pittsburgh (9/19), collected seven tackles, two tackles for losses and a pass defense. Batted down a pass intended for Heath Miller in the second quarter. Applied a blistering hit on Miller for a two-yard loss on a short pass in the flat during the fourth quarter.
- At N.Y. Giants (9/26), collected 13 tackles and deflected a pass intended for Kevin Boss in the fourth quarter.
- Led the team with 15 tackles and added his second career interception. at Dallas (10/10). Stopped Felix Jones for no gain on a critical third-and eight pass play in the fourth quarter. Sealed the victory by intercepting a pass intended for Roy Williams late in the fourth quarter.
- At Jacksonville (10/18), led the team with 11 tackles and added a fumble recovery. Halted a potential Jaguars' scoring drive by recovering a Marcedes Lewis fumble at the Titans' 10-yard line late in the second quarter.
- Led the team with 14 tackles at Houston (11/28).
- Against Jacksonville (12/5), led the team and set a career high with 17 tackles and added a pass defense.
- At Indianapolis (1/2), totaled five tackles, a sack and a pass defense. Dropped Peyton Manning for a seven-yard sack in the first quarter, giving him 4.5 career sacks.
2009: Led the team with 132 tackles and posted two sacks, seven tackles for loss, a pass defense and a fumble recovery. Led or tied for the team lead in tackles six times in 2009 (at PIT, vs. IND, at HST, vs. MIA, vs. SD, at SEA).
- Led the team with 12 tackles at Pittsburgh (9/10), including a tackle for loss, and a fumble recovery. Stuffed Willie Parker for a three-yard loss in the third quarter. With the game tied at 10-10 with less than a minute remaining in regulation, halted a potential Steelers scoring opportunity by recovering a Hines Ward fumble at the Titans four-yard line.
- At Jacksonville (10/4), sacked David Garrard for a seven-yard loss in the fourth quarter.
- Halted a Jaguars (11/1) drive by blitzing David Garrard and causing an intentional grounding penalty on third-and-five in the first quarter.
- Against Buffalo (11/15), sacked Trent Edwards for a nine-yard loss on the first play in the second quarter.
- Led the team and set a new career high with 14 tackles in the Titans' 27-24 overtime win vs. Miami (12/20). Provided pressure on Chad Henne to force a pass that was intercepted by Nick Harper late in the second quarter.
2008: Started 12 times over the final 13 regular season games and finished second on team with 98 tackles. Plugged gaps on the Titans' seventh-ranked defense. Also contributed one sack, four tackles for loss, two passes defense and two fumble recoveries. Led or tied for team lead in tackles five times (vs. MIN, vs. GB, at JAX, at HST, at IND).
- Tied for team lead with seven tackles and recovered Naufahu Tahi fumble in first quarter against Minnesota (9/28).
- Against Indianapolis (10/27), made key play of game when he halted Colts drive by charging through line and stuffing Dominic Rhodes for one-yard loss on fourth-and-one in third quarter.
- Against Green Bay (11/2), tied for team lead with eight tackles and recovered Aaron Rodgers fumble at Green Bay 17-yard line in third quarter.
- Led team with season-high 12 tackles in come-from-behind victory at Jacksonville (11/16).
- At Houston (12/14), tied for team lead with 10 tackles and sacked Matt Schaub for eight-yard loss on a blitz in third quarter.
- Led team with nine tackles and forced Lance Ball fumble in fourth quarter At Indianapolis (12/28).
- Against Baltimore (1/10), posted three tackles in second career playoff start.
2007: Played in every game with starts at middle linebacker in regular season finale (12/30 at Indianapolis) and in Wild Card Playoff (1/6 at San Diego). Was mainstay on special teams and was used frequently in four-linebacker packages. Registered 36 tackles, one tackle for loss and ranked fourth on squad with 11 special teams stops.
- Saw significant action at middle linebacker at Kansas City (12/16) after Ryan Fowler left game in second quarter with season-ending injury. Tallied nine tackles and tied for team lead with career-high three special teams tackles in victory.
- Against N.Y. Jets (12/23), collected 10 tackles and following week at Indianapolis (12/30), made first start of season and notched six tackles in playoff-clinching win.
- In Wild Card Playoff at San Diego (1/6), started in playoff debut and collected nine tackles, including two tackles for loss. Twice stopped LaDainian Tomlinson for loss and added one quarterback pressure.
2006: Played in all 16 games with three starts at middle linebacker. Recorded 37 tackles, 0.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, one interception and two passes defense. Ranked second on special teams unit with 17 tackles and a fumble recovery.
- Registered first career start at middle linebacker at Jacksonville (11/5) and recorded three tackles. Combined with Peter Sirmon to sack David Garrard in second quarter for first half-sack of his career.
- Posted first career interception at Philadelphia (11/19) when he picked off Donovan McNabb in end zone for touchback in first quarter.
- Against Jacksonville (12/17), registered then-career-high 13 tackles. Also posted one tackle on special teams.
COLLEGE: During three-year career at N.C. State, played in 35 games with 18 starts and recorded 290 tackles, 40 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble, three fumbles recovered, four pass defenses and 20 quarterback pressures. His 40 career tackles for loss rank fourth in N.C. State history.
- As junior, named first-team All-ACC, honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated, MVP of 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl and N.C. State's Defensive Award winner (for most tackles) while starting all 12 games. Posted career-highs in tackles (150, team-high), sacks (6), tackles for loss (21), forced fumbles (1), fumbles recovered (2) and quarterback pressures (9).
- Played all 11 games and recorded six starts as a sophomore. Tied for third on team with 75 tackles, tied for second on team with 14 tackles for loss (10th in school history), one sack, one fumble recovery and five quarterback pressures.
- As freshman, played all 12 games, totaling 65 tackles, five tackles for loss, two passes defensed and six quarterback pressures.
- Majored in sports management.
- At Miami Killian (Fla.) High School, named Dade County Defensive Player of Year and selected to Florida Super 75, while posting 132 tackles, 12 sacks, two interceptions, two caused fumbles and three forced fumbles as senior.
- At N.C. State, earned Wolfpack ACC Award for Community Service.
- Born Stephen Michael Tulloch on Jan. 1, 1985 in Miami, Fla.
TULLOCH'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS:
- Tackles: 17 vs. Jax 12/5/10
- Sacks: 1.0 (7 times) Last at Den 10/30/11
- Fumble Recoveries: 1 (7 times) Last vs. Min 12/11/11
- Special Teams Tackles: 3 at KC 12/16/06
- Interceptions: 1 (4 times) Last vs. Car 11/20/11
- Interception Return Yards: 18 at Dal 10/10/10
- Pass Defenses: 2 (twice) Last vs. Car 11/20/11