When Keith Bulluck roamed the football fields of Rockland County, he struck fear into the minds of the opposing coaches. They knew he was going to be involved in every play for Clarkstown North but they just didn’t know how to stop him. On offense Keith played running back, wide receiver, and at times quarterback; it all depended upon where he would do the most damage. He also returned all kicks for the Rams while leading the team on defense from his linebacker position. In Keith’s senior year, 1994, Clarkstown North finished 8-1 with their lone loss coming at the hands of perennial champion North Rockland. For his efforts on the football field Keith was selected first team All-County, first team All-Section 1, and first team All-New York State. Keith was also selected Blue-Chip All American by both Prep Football Report and Super Prep All-Northeast. In addition, Keith played basketball for Clarkstown North under Rockland Hall of Famer Coach Paul Toscano and he was voted to the All-County first team. On April 27, 2009, Keith’s high school jersey, No. 1, was retired in a ceremony held at the high school. He also has a name plaque at Clarkstown North High School hung up in their Hall of Fame display.
After being recruited by many Division I schools, Keith decided upon Syrcause University to further his education and career in football. Keith started out as a safety his freshman year, but, as he matured and grew, the coaching staff switched him to linebacker. In his sophomore year, 1996, Keith became the starting linebacker for the Orangemen, a position he never relinquished until he graduated. With Keith as a three-year starter for Syracuse, the Orangemen won the Big East Championship every year. In Keith’s senior year he was voted first team All-Big East. That year he led the Big East in tackles with 138 and received the Bill Horr Award, which is given to Syracuse’s most valuable player, quite an accomplishment considering Donovan McNabb was on that team. He finished his career with 375 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
Keith was drafted by the Tennessee Titans as the 30th overall pick in the 2000 National Football League draft. After spending his first two seasons as a backup and special teamer, Keith became a starter in 2002. The following year, 2003, Keith was voted as a starter in the Pro Bowl and went on to lead the Titans in tackles five times. In 2004 he led the NFL in tackles with 152, and in 2007 Keith recorded a Titans linebacker record five interceptions. Keith was voted to the Pro Bowl on two other occasions and was nominated by the Titans as the Walter Payton Man of the Year twice, in 2006 and 2007. The Walter
Payton Man of the Year award is given annually by the NFL honor- ing a player’s volunteer and charity work, as well as his excel- lence on the field.
Keith’s upbringing as a foster child from ages 12 to 18 led him to work with foster kids and underprivileged youth.
He started the Keith Bulluck Believe & Achieve Foundation as a way to help give these children the tools they need to realize their dreams – supplies, scholarships, and mentors to whom they can relate. Keith is an extremely charitable and appreciative person; while a member of the Titans he also started the Steve McNair Iron Will Scholarship in memory of the Titans’ outstanding quarterback who was tragically killed.
After a stellar 10-year career with the Titans, Keith returned home, signed a one-year contract, and finished his career with his hometown New York Giants as one of their starting linebackers. He became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. His final NFL statistics are outstanding. Keith finished his career with 21 interceptions, six of which he returned for touchdowns. In his 11 years in the NFL Keith had a total of 1,088 combined tackles. He did not play in the 2011 season and after having a year off, he announced his retirement. On August 3, 2012, Keith Bulluck formally retired from the National Football League with the team who drafted him, the Tennessee Titans. He became the first player in Titans’ franchise history to formally retire from their organization.
Keith currently is employed by the SiriusXM satellite radio company as an NFL football analyst. He is enrolled at George Washington University in its Executive MBA program, working toward a master’s degree in Business Administration. Keith and his wife, Heather Weeks Bulluck, are recently married and have three daughters: Keira, 5; Kenzi, 3; and Kodie, 4 months. They live in Edgewater, N.J.