Record 26 Former Temple Owls in the NFL


Temple was once a school known for a terrible football team with very few NFL prospects coming out of it’s program.

That couldn’t be further from the truth now.

With the 2020 NFL season set to kick off Thursday night there will be a total of 26 former Owls on various NFL rosters. Only 16 schools have more former players in the NFL than Temple.

Four Owls were selected in this past year’s draft – center Matt Hennessy (Atlanta Falcons, 3rd round), defensive back Harrison Hand (Minnesota Vikings, 5th round), linebacker Shaun Bradley (Philadelphia Eagles, 6th round) and linebacker Chapelle Russell (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7th round). This is the largest number of players ever drafted out of Temple in a single draft.

Six former Owls will be on the active roster for the Carolina Panthers, along with former head coach Matt Rhule being tabbed to be Carolina’s next head coach this past offseason.

Bradley will be lining up twice a year against former teammate and wide receiver Isaiah Wright, who joined the Washington Football Team as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 draft.

Here’s the full list of current Owls in the NFL and their current teams:

Matt Ioannidis (DT) and Isaiah Wright (WR) – Washington Football team

Michael Dogbe (DT) and Haason Reddick (LB) – Arizona Cardinals

Dion Dawkins (OG) and Tyler Matakevich (LB) – Buffalo Bills

Robby Anderson (WR), Sam Franklin (LB), Keith Kirkwood (WR), Colin Thompson (TE), PJ Walker (QB), Tahir Whitehead (LB) – Carolina Panthers

Matt Hennessy (C) – Atlanta Falcons

Tavon Young (CB) – Baltimore Ravens

Ventell Bryant (WR) – Dallas Cowboys

Brandon McManus (K) – Denver Broncos

Jacob Martin (LB) – Houston Texans

Rock Ya-Sin (CB) – Indianapolis Colts

Ryquell Armstead (RB) – Jacksonville Jaguars

Chris Myarick (TE) – Miami Dolphins, practice squad

Harrison Hand (CB) – Minnesota Vikings

Sean Chandler (FS) – New York Giants

Nate Hairston (CB) – New York Jets

Shaun Bradley (LB) – Philadelphia Eagles

Jullian Taylor (DT) – San Francisco 49ers

Chappelle Russell (LB) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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