Signed as a free agent February 19, 2019.
2019: Signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats February 19…Started all 18 regular season games, registering 80 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, one sack, one interception, one tackle for loss and six pass knockdowns…Recorded six defensive tackles and one pass knockdown July 26 vs Winnipeg…Posted six defensive tackles and one tackle for loss August 10 vs. BC…Registered six defensive tackles and one pass knockdown September 14 at Calgary…Collected six tackles and an interception returned 79 yards September 27 at Winnipeg…Registered eight tackles and a sack on October 26 at Montreal…PLAYOFFS: Started both Tiger-Cats’ playoff games including the 107th Grey Cup versus Winnipeg recording eight defensive tackles and one interception returned for 26 yards.
2018: Played in 17 games for the Toronto Argonauts, starting 16 at three different positions – middle linebacker (12), weak side linebacker (1) and defensive end (3)…Registered 63 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, three quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
2017: Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Argonauts on May 22…Played in all 18 regular season games, starting seven, in his first season in Toronto…Recorded 31 defensive tackles, 12 special teams tackles, three tackles for a loss, three sacks, nine quarterback pressures, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception, and two pass knockdowns…Made his CFL debut Week 1 vs. HAM (June 25)… Scored first career CFL touchdown on a 22-yard fumble return Week 9 vs. MTL…Made his first career start Week 13 vs. EDM (Sept. 16)…Recorded a career-high 7 tackles Week 14 vs. MTL. Playoffs: Played in the East Final vs. SSK, recording two special teams tackles. 105th Grey Cup: Played in the 105th Grey Cup vs. CGY, recording one defensive tackle and one special teams tackle.
2016: Signed by the Cleveland Browns on March 11…released by the team on September 3.
2015: Played in 11 games, starting in two, in his third seasons with the Texans…had 18 tackles (21 solo, 18 assisted).
2014: Played 16 games, starting in eight games, in his second season with the Texans…had 39 tackles (21 solo, 8 assisted) and one interception.
2013: Signed as an undrafted free agent by Houston Texans on April 27…played 15 games, starting in one, in his first season with the Texans…had 14 tackles (12 solo, 2 assisted) and one forced fumble as a rookie.
First CFL Game – June 25/17 vs. HAM
First CFL Def. Tackle – June 25/17 vs. HAM (CJ Gable)
First CFL Sack – Sept. 30/17 at HAM (Jeremiah Masoli)
First CFL INT – Oct. 14/17 at EDM (Mike Reilly)<
First CFL FF – Sept. 30/17 at HAM (Jeremiah Masoli)
Most Def. Tackles/Game – 8 (July 27/18 vs. WPG, Oct. 20/18 vs. MTL)
Most Def. Tackles/Season – 63 (2018)
Most Sacks/Game – 2 (Sept. 30/18 vs. HAM, Oct. 6/18 vs. BC)
Most Sacks/Season – 3 (2017, 2018)
College: Played two seasons (2011-12) at Kansas State after transferring from Blinn College (2010) and Boston College (2009)…registered 19 tackles (13 solo, 6 assisted), 4.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and a pass breakup with the Wildcats as a senior…converted from quarterback to linebacker ahead of his junior season at KSU.
Justin DuJian Tuggle was born January 4, 1990… Justin and his younger sister Jessica are the children of DuJuan and Jessie Tuggle… Jessie Tuggle played 14 seasons in the National Football League… Jessie was selected to five Pro Bowls and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007… Justin studied political science.