UPDATE: Jessie Tuggle visits ‘D-Block’ show

Jessie Tuggle

Former Falcons great Jessie Tuggle was invited by the linebackers to appears on their show "The D-Block." (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

UPDATE Here’s the video.

FLOWERY BRANCH – Is the Hammer mightier than the Bat?

The New Orleans Saints had their little bat day last week. The Falcons countered with a visit from “The Hammer.”

Former Falcons great Jessie “The Hammer” Tuggle made an appearance on the linebackers’ internet show named “The D-Block” which airs on the team’s website.

Tuggles shared some stories about his days with the Falcons and had some laughs.

“I was impressed that they wanted me to come up here,” said Tuggle, who went to five Pro Bowls and was on the Falcons’ lone Super Bowl squad. “When you sit with a bunch of young guys who really watched me play when I was a player and they were so much younger, I can appreciate it because I know what they are going through preparing themselves for this game this weekend. When you play against a team like the New Orleans Saints, it’s always going to be a tough hard fought game. It was always that way throughout my career.”

After losing to the then-winless St. Louis Rams, Saints coach Sean Payton passed around bats to his team. He said on the teleconference call with the Atlanta media this week that the message was that the Saints needed to be physical against Tampa Bay.

The internet show is hosted by veteran linebacker Michael Peterson. The other linebackers – and wide receiver Eric Weems — sit around on stools and get a few laughs at the end of the week. Weems is an honorary member of D-Block because of his hard-nosed special teams play.

Defensive end John Abraham also made an appearance. Peterson dubbed him “Speed Limit” because he’s No. 55 and plays faster than the speed limit.

All of the linebackers signed a hammer and presented it to Tuggle.

“I can remember that in 1991, I finished with 22 tackles against the Saints,” Tuggle said. “The guys asked me about that and I said, ‘you know what, that’s when you know you left it all out on the football field.’ Whether if you win, lose or draw. That’s what the atmosphere is going to bring for this weekend. I think it’s pretty cool to come back and share some of my stories with the current players.”

Tuggle was an undrafted free agent from Valdosta State.Tuggle is the club’s all-time leader in total tackles with 2,065, and he enjoyed 12 straight 100-tackle seasons. He took the top spot in the NFL with the most tackles in a single decade and amassed 20 or more tackles in a single-game on four occasions with a personal–best of 24 stops.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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22 comments Add your comment


November 11th, 2011
1:55 pm

1st! The HAMMER!!!!!!!!!!!! We MISS YA MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


November 11th, 2011
2:00 pm

Sure was fun watching the “Hammer”!


November 11th, 2011
2:02 pm

Very nice, now if only they would hurry and get it posted on the site!


November 11th, 2011
2:05 pm

hit like you live hard and fast


November 11th, 2011
2:23 pm

The Hammer!! Go Birds!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 11th, 2011
2:48 pm

John — I will link to it after they post it.

Old School

November 11th, 2011
2:50 pm

Thanks D Led, good stuff. The Hammer was always one of my favorite players. He looks like he can still play!

life long bird

November 11th, 2011
2:58 pm

My favorite Griffin Bear of all time. He was one of the rare players that has a much bigger heart than his body could carry. I don’t think I ever saw him quit and he was on some pretty terrible teams. Good to see you Jesse!!

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November 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

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Tandy Gossett

November 11th, 2011
5:19 pm

Jessie “The Hammer” Tuggle … I miss watching this man lay the wood … Lofton and Spoon have some of his qualities. I wish Tuggle would become an assistant coach. I can’t wait to see this episode of D-Block, they keep getting better and better.


November 11th, 2011
5:56 pm

Man, I remember him well. As a kid, when I first got into football, he was the LB I knew. For me it was Lawrence Taylor and then Jessie Tuggle. I didnt see what Taylor did every game but I saw what Tuggle did and the guy was lights out every game. I agree with Gossett. WHY is he not a LBs coach for the team?!!!!!


November 11th, 2011
6:59 pm

D-Block this week is classic..

for those of us who came of age in the 90’s i was 6 years old (91) when i first became a fan.. Glanville days.. Rison, Case, Haynes, Prime and them boys.. but 58 was and is Falcon football..

you can tell he’s still passionate about the game.. hopefully our LB’s bring it this week in his honor.. gonna take an all out effort against the matchup nightmares that are Graham and Sproles..

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November 11th, 2011
7:27 pm

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November 11th, 2011
8:59 pm

With hionor and courage he served this team well!!! Class act D-Block.

Pat 60 10 57 31 87

November 11th, 2011
9:22 pm

Jessie, I can still see you coming up to lay the Hammer on the running back. A streek with the number 58 on it, moving faster than any other player in the play. Wham!

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Falcon Nut

November 12th, 2011
9:55 am

What in the world is wrong with the voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Jessie Tuggle is one of the 3 best middle linebackers in NFL history. He and Mike Kenn would have been 1st ballot players if they’d have been on the Cowboys or Steelers. I still wear the 58 jersey to games today, and I always will! LOVE THE HAMMER!


November 12th, 2011
10:52 pm

I own ONE nfl jersey. It has 58 on it.
Mr. Tuggle, you da man


November 13th, 2011
9:07 am

One of my first big sports heros and a super guy. We miss you 58!


November 13th, 2011
9:11 am

Saw an interview with Emmitt Smith where he referenced Tuggle as one of the two or three top guys he just didn’t look forward to getting hit by


November 13th, 2011
9:54 am