Jessie Tuggle joined Jeff Thurn on Wednesday's edition of Overtime.

Tuggle is a former linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. He played for Atlanta every year in his NFL career from 1987 to 2000. He played 209 career games, and accumulated 1,640 career tackles, 21 sacks and six interceptions.

Tuggle is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He played for Division II Valdosta State, and is nicknamed 'the Hammer.'

He discussed how much he misses football, and if he would put on the pads again:

"Well, you know what, this is my 14th year out of the league, and I'll be honest you, I have more respect for guys now because I don't know how I did that for a living. I ran through guys and hit people for 14 years, and when you get older, you have to be smarter, but in my prime, I absolutely loved it. I felt like I was invincible and knock people out. But now, I have a lot of respect and appreciate the game even more because I played so long at a rough part and I loved it to death."

Tuggle talks about his post-NFL health:

"You have some memory loss and stuff like that, but overall, that's what we do, and my body has been beat up from all the hits and banging around and that's part of being an ex-NFL football player. Would I have traded it, no. I think I would have done it again for the love of the game. There's something about playing a sport you absolutely love to death."

To hear more of Tuggle's interview with Thurn, listen below:

Thurn is on ESPN 99.1 weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. after SVP and Russillo.

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