Currently there are 10 former Temple student-athletes in the National Football League showcasing their skills at the highest level. There are also two NFL coaches who have ties to Temple University
Not too far from home, Jaiquawan Jarrett
and Muhammad Wilkerson
headed up the New Jersey Turnpike from North Broad Street and have flourished with the New York Jets.
Jarrett has played in all nine games so far this year and has 18 tackles and one forced fumble for the season, playing the safety position.
Wilkerson has been a force on the defensive line for the Jets, and may be on his way to his first ever Pro-Bowl. The former Owl great has amassed 31 tackles so far this season, including a career-high eight sacks. His previous high came in the 2012 season where he finished with five sacks and in each of his three seasons in the NFL his number of sacks have risen. Wilkerson also has forced two fumbles, and even has an interception.
Switching to the offensive side, former Temple running back and Super Bowl XLVII champion, Bernard Pierce
, is building off the success he had in his rookie year. Backing-up All-Pro running back Ray Rice, Pierce has 85 carries for 230 yards including two touchdowns. He has a season long run of 28 yards.
On the opposite side of the coast, Raider's wide receiver Rod Streater
has established himself as one of Terrell Pryor's main targets. On the season Streater has 28 catches for 417 yards and one touchdown. He is averaging 14.9 yards per catch and has a season long of 66 yards.
Streater's college teammate is also his pro teammate as Brian Sanford
recently joined the Raiders this year. Playing defensive end for theSilver and Black, Sanford has played in four games, starting one and has 7 tackles on the season.
Staying in the AFC West, the Denver Bronco's currently have two former Owls on their roster.
, after spending three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, has started all eight games on the defensive line for the Broncos this season. He has accounted for 12 tackles and two sacks for the Broncos third ranked rushing defense.
is on the practice squad for the Broncos as well.
Rounding out the former Temple Owls representing the AFC are Martin Wallace
who plays on the offensive line for the Cleveland Browns and Evan Rodriguez
of the Buffalo Bills, where he lines up as a fullback.
, drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 5th
round of the 2012 draft, sees action on special teams and as a linebacker for the Lions. On the season he has five tackles and one forced fumble.
In the coaching ranks, former Owls coach Bruce Arians
, is now the headman for the Arizona Cardinals. They are 4-4 on the season currently. Arians also hired former great Temple defensive back Todd Bowles
as his defensive coordinator.