American Football Database
Jessie Tuggle
No. 58     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-04-04) April 4, 1965 (age 57)
Place of birth: Griffin, Georgia
Career information
College: Valdosta State
Undrafted in 1987
Debuted in 1987 for the Atlanta Falcons
Last played in 2000 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Tackles     1,809
Sacks     21
Interceptions     6
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Jessie Lloyd Tuggle Jr.[1] (born April 4, 1965 in Griffin, Georgia) is a former professional American football linebacker who played for the Atlanta Falcons his entire career from 1987 to 2000. He graduated from Valdosta State College in Valdosta, Georgia. He appeared in the Pro Bowl five times, and played in Super Bowl XXXIII. His nickname is "The Hammer," because of the impact of his tackles.

Professional career

In his 14 seasons, he recorded 1640 tackles (164 assisted), 21 sacks, 6 interceptions, which he returned for 106 yards and a touchdown, 10 forced fumbles and 37 pass deflections. He also recovered 10 fumbles, returning them for 155 yards and an NFL record 5 touchdowns.[2]

Tuggle also holds the record for most tackles from 1990 to 1999 with 1,293.[3]

In 2007 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


His son, Justin Tuggle, is enrolled in Kansas State on a football scholarship. He previously played college ball at Blinn Junior College.


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