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