John Tuggle

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John Tuggle
John Tuggle.jpg
No. 38
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-01-13)January 13, 1961
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Date of death: August 30, 1986(1986-08-30) (aged 25)
Place of death: Tijuana, Mexico
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 12 / Pick: 335
Debuted in 1983 for the New York Giants
Last played in 1983 for the New York Giants
Career history
  • New York Giants (1983)
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts17
Rushing yards49
Receptions3
Receiving yards50
Kick returns9
Touchdowns1
Stats at NFL.com
 
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John Tuggle
John Tuggle.jpg
No. 38
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-01-13)January 13, 1961
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Date of death: August 30, 1986(1986-08-30) (aged 25)
Place of death: Tijuana, Mexico
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 12 / Pick: 335
Debuted in 1983 for the New York Giants
Last played in 1983 for the New York Giants
Career history
  • New York Giants (1983)
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts17
Rushing yards49
Receptions3
Receiving yards50
Kick returns9
Touchdowns1
Stats at NFL.com

John Davis Tuggle[1] (January 13, 1961 – August 30, 1986) was a running back in the National Football League. Tuggle was the final selection of the 1983 NFL Draft, selected by the New York Giants. The nickname given to the last player selected in the draft is "Mr. Irrelevant." He played that season with the team. He would go on to be awarded the New York Giants Special Teams Player of the Year that season.

Tuggle played high school football for Independence High School in San Jose, California. The school now holds an annual golf tournament in his memory, as a sports program fundraiser.

Tuggle died from cancer on August 30, 1986.[2][3] Though they did not keep him on the team after the 1985 season, the Giants paid for Tuggle's health insurance for the rest of his life.[4]

Tuggle was the subject of the 30 for 30 short, The Irrelevant Giant.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Tuggle". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Holmdel's Tommy Nolan Wins John Tuggle Memorial Award". All Shore Media. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  3. ^ "1989 – 1980 Necrology", Oldest Living Pro Football Players,, Retrieved 2011-09-06; Robin Finn, "Tuggle’s Fight Against Time", The New York Times, 1986-09-14. Retrieved 2011-09-06
  4. ^ Weintraub, Robert. "Once Mr. Irrelevant, a Giant Remains an Inspiring Force". The New York Times. April 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "30 for 30: The Irrelevant Giant". Grantland.com. ESPN. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 

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