Jessie ‘The Hammer’ Tuggle to announce second round pick

BIRDLAND – Former Falcons linebacker Jessie “The Hammer” Tuggle has been enlisted to announce the   Falcons’ second round pick in the NFL draft next Friday.

Former Falcons LB Jessie Tuggle (58) played his college ball at Valdosta State before spending 1987-2000 in the NFL with Atlanta. (Celine Bufkin / AJC file)

Former Falcons LB Jessie Tuggle (58) played his college ball at Valdosta State before spending 1987-2000 in the NFL with Atlanta. (Celine Bufkin / AJC file)

The National Football League announced that 32 legendary NFL alumni, one representing each team, will announce live on Friday every selection of the second round.

Despite being undersized at 5-11, 220 pounds,  Tuggle went from Valdosta State to the Falcons’ Ring of Honor. He made more than 100 tackles 12 straight years. He played for the Falcons his entire career, from 1987-2000.

He was a five-time Pro Bowler.

The NFL alumni scheduled to be on-hand at Radio City Music Hall to make the announcements from the podium includes:

  • Arizona Cardinals, Aeneas Williams (CB)
  • Atlanta Falcons, Jessie Tuggle (LB)
  • Baltimore Ravens, Peter Boulware (LB)
  • Buffalo Bills, Andre Reed (WR)
  • Carolina Panthers, Brad Hoover (FB)
  • Chicago Bears, Richard Dent (DE)
  • Cincinnati Bengals, Anthony Muñoz (OT)
  • Cleveland Browns, Paul Warfield (WR)
  • Dallas Cowboys , Charles Haley (DE)
  • Denver Broncos, Shannon Sharpe (TE)
  • Detroit Lions, Barry Sanders (RB)
  • Green Bay Packers, Jim Taylor (FB)
  • Houston Texans, Aaron Glenn (CB)
  • Indianapolis Colts, Jeff Herrod (LB)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars, Donovin Darius (S)
  • Kansas City Chiefs, Willie Lanier (LB)
  • Miami Dolphins, Sam Madison (CB)
  • Minnesota Vikings, Chris Doleman (DE)
  • New England Patriots, Andre Tippett (LB)
  • New Orleans Saints, Willie Roaf (OT)
  • New York Giants, Joe Morris (RB)
  • New York Jets, Marty Lyons (DT)
  • Oakland Raiders, Willie Brown (DB)
  • Philadelphia Eagles, Troy Vincent (DB)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers, Franco Harris (RB)
  • St. Louis Rams, Marshall Faulk (RB)
  • San Diego Chargers, Natrone Means (RB)
  • San Francisco 49ers, Dwight Clark (WR)
  • Seattle Seahawks, Cortez Kennedy (DT)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, John Lynch (S)
  • Tennessee Titans, Jevon Kearse (DE)
  • Washington Redskins, Doug Williams (QB)

The Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets do not have Second Round picks.  Their player representatives will announce their Third Round picks.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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11 comments Add your comment


April 22nd, 2011
10:12 am

should be a hall of famer.


April 22nd, 2011
10:16 am


April 22nd, 2011
10:17 am

Yes, the Hammer should definitely be considered. The only problem is all the high profile athletes coming up on the ballot


April 22nd, 2011
10:23 am

It’s Hammer Time!

Mocking your Mock

April 22nd, 2011
10:26 am

I bet Mr. Tuggle could still strap up and de-cleat someone. Damn Good Falcon!


April 22nd, 2011
10:35 am

Maybe he will do the hammer dance when he steps up to the podium


April 22nd, 2011
11:03 am

The 49ers couldn’t get Montana…??


Tuggle deserving of the Ring of Honor. His son, Justin, playing QB @ Kansas State………congrats!


April 22nd, 2011
11:40 am

Who really cares just make the pick!


April 22nd, 2011
11:53 am

Well lets hope TD does not trade that pick away t move up in the first.

Not that I would expect him to do that.

Who's the Next Tuggle?

April 25th, 2011
10:08 pm


April 26th, 2011
11:42 am

Montana will not do a damn thing for the 49ers. He is still bitter at them for telling him to hit the road.