20UNDER40: Jon Stinchcomb

Jon Stinchcomb

Like his older brother, Matt, Jon Stinchcomb has made the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame. He will be inducted into its 2014 class on May 9. He played football for Parkview High School and helped lead the Panthers to the 1997 Georgia state football championship. The same year, Jon was named a USA Today and Parade High School All-American.

After high school, Jon attended the University of Georgia where he was an offensive lineman and four-year starter (1998-2002). Jon was a member of the 2002 SEC championship team, and the same year he was named an All-American. He also was a semi-finalist for the 2002 Lombardi Award (which recognizes the best lineman/linebacker in the United States.)

Jon entered the NFL in 2003 as the 37th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints. He played eight seasons in the NFL, all with the Saints, where he played both center and right tackle. During his NFL career, he started 80 consecutive games over a period of five seasons.

Earning more than his share of accolades and honors, Jon was named the New Orleans Saints’ 2008 Man of the Year. He was a member of the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl Championship team, and the same year was honored with making the Pro Bowl. He was awarded the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award in 2010, his final season of play. After completing his playing days, in 2013 Jon was television analyst for the Saints’preseason games.

Just like his brother, Matt, Jon is a remarkable young man, and has made significant contributions to the sport of football – from his Parkview High days, at UGA, and in the NFL. He represents the best in terms of both giving one’s all, as well as sportsmanship.

Notes Jon, “Gwinnett County has proven year after year to be the home to some of the best teams and athletes in the country. It is truly an honor to be singled out and recognized on the 2014 20UNDER40 list.”

Reg L. Carver
Reg is a freelance writer and photographer from Johns Creek, Georgia. He is the author of Jazz Profiles: The Spirit of the Nineties (Billboard Books 1998), which was nominated for the Ralph J. Gleason Award for excellence in music writing. He is also the author of Walking Up Lombard:My Long Journey Home (AuthorHouse 2012), a memoir of his journey through major depression and healing. You can find him at www.reglcarver.com and www.500px.com/RegLCarver.

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