Branden Mack and Daniel Archibong Sign NFL Free Agent Contracts
May 2, 2021 –
Following the NFL Draft two Temple players signed NFL free agent contracts as wide receiver Branden Mack goes to the Denver Broncos and defensive tackle Daniel Archibong signed with the Chicago Bears. The two players become the 29th players in the NFL who played collegiate football at Temple.
Mack was a stalwart wide receiver and player for the Owls in four seasons. He even appeared in a game at the quarterback position. Mack posted 1,819 receiving yards and 131 receptions are the seventh-most in program history, and his 15 receiving touchdowns ranks fifth in school history. Mack was awarded a single-digit for two seasons, and started 33 of 46 games as an Temple player. He had five games posting more than 100 yards. The best game came against UConn where Mack caught 5 passes for 171 yards and two scoring catches.
“Branden was such a class act while he was here,” said Temple Coach Rod Carey. “He is a great football player and a great leader who will be missed
Archicbong appeared in 46 consecutive games for the Cherry and White on the defensive line. Archibong was rewarded as a single-digit player for the last two seasons. He finished his collegiate career with 89 tackles, with 10 and a half being behind the line of scrimmage. Twice Archibong blocked kicks and forced a fumble. In the 2020 season the native of Springfield, PA had 22 tackles in 7 games with 2 sacks and 3 and a half for a loss. That year he was on the defensive line known as the “Wild Boyz” along with Michael Dogbe, Matt Ioannidis, Jacob Martin, Haason Reddick, and Julian Taylor, all in the NFL.
“Dan is such an outstanding young man,” Carey said. “He took pride in being one of the “Wild Boyz” and it’s no surprise that he gets to follow many of the former Temple defensive linemen into the NFL.”
This year is the sixth straight year where multiple Temple players join the NFL. However, it was a bit different for the Owls football program as no player was drafted ending a streak of five consecutive years with a drafted player. Last year a record number of Owls heard their name called.
Written By: Glenn Papazian