Rodriguez, Whitehead Selected in NFL Draft
TE Evan Rodriguez & LB Tahir Whitehead

Rodriguez, Whitehead Selected in NFL Draft

NEW YORK – The Chicago Bears selected Temple TE Evan Rodriguez (North Bergen, N.J.) with the 16th pick of the fourth round (111th pick overall), while the Detroit Lions selected LB Tahir Whitehead (Newark, N.J.) with the third pick of the fifth round (138th pick overall) of the 2012 National Football League Draft on Saturday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall.
 
The duo brings Temple's draftees to three selected in 2012 and the 64th Temple University football player to be selected in the NFL Draft since 1937.  They join RB Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, Pa.) who was selected in the third round last night.
 
Rodriguez, who played in the East-West Shrine Game, is a two-time first-team All-MAC selection. He played in all 13 games with 12 starts at tight end in 2011. Named to the Mackey Award Watch List, he led the Owls with 479 yards and two touchdowns on 35 receptions. In the win at Maryland, Rodriguez had a career-high 96 yards on five receptions en route to National TE?of the Week honors from the National Football Performance Awards.
 
Rodriguez is the fifth Owl drafted by the Chicago Bears since 1940.
 
Whitehead, a team captain, was a second-team All-MAC honoree in 2011 and the Defensive MVP of the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.  He played in all 13 games with 12 starts at Sam linebacker. Named to the Butkus Award Watch List, he finished third in team tackling with 70 tackles, a team-best 13.5 TFL for a loss of 66 yards, five sacks, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.
 
Whitehead is the just the second Owl drafted by the Detroit Lions since 1945. Tackle Mike Jarmoluk was a seventh round pick (62nd pick overall).
 
The trio ties the school record for the most Owls drafted in a single year.  Three Temple Owls were also drafted in 1946, 1975, 1980, and 1987.
 
Temple opens the 2012 season with Villanova in the fourth annual Mayor's Cup, sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts, on Friday, August 31 at Lincoln Financial Field.
 
Temple football season tickets are on sale now for as low as $99 and can be purchased by calling the Temple Ticket Sales Office at 215-204-8499 or visit www.OwlsTix.com.
 
 
TEMPLE'S ALL-TIME NFL DRAFT HISTORY
Year     Rd.   Pick   Player        Name                               Team                  Pos.
2012        3       21          84        Bernard Pierce               Ravens               RB
                4       16        111        Evan Rodriguez             Bears                 TE
                5         3        138        Tahir Whitehead           Lions                  LB
2011        1       30          30        Muhammad Wilkerson    Jets                     DT
                2       22          54        Jaiquawn Jarrett               Eagles                 DB
2008        3         8          72        Terrance Knighton           Jaguars               DT
2005        5       30        166        Rian Wallace                   Steelers               LB
2003        4       20        117        Dan Klecko                     Patriots               DT
                7       23        237        Dave Yovanovits             Jets                     OT
2002        7       27        238        Raheem Brock                 Eagles                 DE
2001        4       16        111        Mathias Nkwenti             Steelers               OT
1997        4       32        128        Alshermond Singleton     Buccaneers         LB
1996        2       27          57        Lance Johnstone              Raiders               LB
                6       20        187        Jon Clark                         Bears                  OT
1994        2         2          31        Tré Johnson                     Redskins            OL
1989        8       25        220        Todd McNair                   Chiefs                 RB
1988        3       23          78        Ralph Jarvis                     Bears                  DE
                8       18        211        Mike Hinnant                  Steelers               TE
1987        1       19          19        Paul Palmer                      Chiefs                 RB
                6         5        145        Willie Marshall                Packers               WR
              11       24        303        Larry Brewton                 Browns               DB
1986        1         9            9        John Rienstra                   Steelers               OG
                6       20        158        Lloyd Yancey                  Cowboys            OG
1985        3         5          61        Anthony Young              Colts                   DB
1984        7         5        173        Kevin Ross                      Chiefs                 DB
1983        8       13        209        Mike McClearn                Browns               OG
1982      10         9        260        Gerald Lucear                  Vikings               WR
1981      12       26        330        Mark McCants                 Falcons               DB
1980        8       25        218        Mike Curcio                     Eagles                 LB
                9         6        227        Mark Bright                     Colts                   RB
              12       23        328        Wiley Pitts                       Oilers                  WR
1979        8       26        218        Robert Brewer                 Chiefs                 OG
              11       22        297        Zach Dixon                      Broncos              RB
1977        6         5        144        Joe Klecko                       Jets                     DT
                6       25        164        Jim Cooper                      Cowboys            OT
1976        3       32          92        Don Bitterlich                  Seahawks           K
1975        6       24        154        Harry Hynoski                 Browns               RB
                7         4        160        Steve Joachim                  Colts                   QB
              17       13        429        Garry Webb                     Eagles                 DE
1973        4       19          97        Bill Singletary                  Chargers             LB
              10       14        248        Nick Mike-Mayer            Falcons               K
1970        9       15        223        Chris Fletcher                  Chargers             DB
1969        8         3        185        Jim Callahan                    Falcons               WR
1967      14       11        352        Mike Stromberg               Jets                     LB
1966      20       13        303        Joe Petro                          Browns               QB
1958      30         2        351        Jim Thompson                 Eagles                 E
1955      18         7        212        Joe Stout                          Giants                 B
              29       12        349        Ted (Tex) Robinson         Browns               B
1954      19       10        227        Bob Edmiston                 49ers                   T
1953        9         4        101        Pat Sarnese                      Steelers               T
1952      24         4        281        Joe Tyrrell                        Eagles                 G
1948        6         4          39        Phil Slosburg                   Yanks                 B
1946      15         4        134        Johnny Timko                  Bears                  C
              19         2        172        Jack Burns                       Yanks                 B
              19         3        173        Bill Cloud                        Steelers               T
1945        7         8          62        Mike Jarmoluk                 Lions                  T
1944      19         9        195        Jimmy Woodside             Steelers               C
1943      22         4        204        George Sutch                   Cardinals            B
              27         3        253        Al Drulis                          Cardinals            G
1942      16         1        141        Andy Tomasic                 Steelers               B
1940        5         7          37        Ed Kolman                      Bears                  T
              12       10        110        Ed McGee                       Giants                 G
1937        9         6          86        Bill Docherty                   Redskins            T
 
 
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