Justin Tuggle

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Justin Tuggle
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Justin Tuggle poses during the 2018 CNE in Toronto, modeling for his cap line.
No. 22 – Edmonton Eskimos
Position:Defensive end / Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1990-01-04) January 4, 1990 (age 30)
Alpharetta, Georgia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Duluth (GA) Northview
College:Kansas State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:71
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Special Teams Tackles:17
Quarterback sacks:6
Player stats at CFL.ca

Justin DuJian Tuggle (born January 4, 1990) is an American Canadian football defensive end for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at Kansas State. Tuggle is the son of former five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jessie Tuggle. He is also the brother of Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.

Early years[edit]

Tuggle attended Northview High School in the state of Georgia. He earned the Greater Atlanta All-Area honors in his Senior season. He participated in the second annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and was the quarterback on the east team.[1] He was selected to the 2007 All-North Fulton County team and was on the second team offense as a quarterback.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Justin Tuggle
Duluth, Georgia Northview High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.6 Jun 25, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 65 (QB)   Rivals: NR (QB), NR (National), NR (Georgia)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2008 Boston College Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • "2008 Boston College Football Recruiting Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • "2008 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

College career[edit]

Tuggle played his freshman season at Boston College where he played quarterback. In his sophomore season, he transferred to Blinn College for the spring semester.[3] After spending his sophomore season at Blinn College, he transferred to Kansas State. He switched positions from quarterback to linebacker for his junior season and first season at Kansas State.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Houston Texans[edit]

On April 27, 2013, he signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent.[5] in 42 games over 3 seasons, Tuggle produced 71 tackles, forced one fumble, and intercepted an Andrew Luck pass which he returned for 8 yards.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On March 11, 2016, Tuggle signed with the Cleveland Browns.[6] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Browns.[7]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On May 23, 2017, Tuggle signed with the Toronto Argonauts.[8] During his first year in the CFL, Tuggle recorded 3 sacks, a defensive touchdown, a forced fumble, and an interception, as well as being a part of the 105th Grey Cup championship team. The following season, Tuggle played in 17 games. Due to injuries to the struggling Argos, Tuggle was a starter at 3 different positions during the 2018 season, playing at middle linebacker, weakside linebacker, and along the defensive line. Tuggle put up a career high 36 tackles, along with 3 more sacks and two more forced fumbles.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

Toronto's rival, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed Tuggle as a free agent in February 2019.[9]

Personal life[edit]

His father is Jessie Tuggle who played in the National Football League for the Atlanta Falcons from 1987–2000.[10] He also was selected to five Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams during his career. His brother, Grady Jarrett is a defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons. Tuggle has also released 3 single albums and one album consisting of 14 songs (including all three singles) titled Life on Beats by YGP (Tuggle's teammate Terrance Plummer) & take1.


  1. ^ "2008 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Rosters". scout.com.
  2. ^ "Roswell Hornets lead all-North Fulton team". northfulton.com. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
  3. ^ "Former Boston College QB signs with Blinn". chron.com. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  4. ^ "K-State's Tuggle moves from QB to linebacker". kansas.com. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Texans sign four draft picks, 23 undrafted free agents". nbcsports.com. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Alper, Josh (March 11, 2016). "Browns get in the game, sign Alvin Bailey and Justin Tuggle". NBCSports.com. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  7. ^ Gribble, Andrew (September 3, 2016). "Cleveland Browns reduce roster to 53". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  8. ^ "CFL TRANSACTIONS". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ https://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/hamilton-tiger-cats-sign-former-argos-linebacker-justin-tuggle/
  10. ^ "K-State LB Tuggle carving out his own legacy". foxsportskansascity.com. Retrieved October 11, 2012.

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