Posted December 21, 2016

Once an Owl, always an Owl

Temple football’s largest cheering section on Twitter is a vocal group of former players. 

Two men standing on the sideline of a Temple football game.
Photography By: 
Temple University Athletics
Former Temple football players Tyler Matakevich (left) and Tavon Young took a break from their NFL careers—and Twitter—to cheer on the Owls from the sidelines when the team played Cincinnati earlier this season.

A certain parliament of Owls may have flown the coop, but they’ve remained some of Temple football’s most loyal fans. Throughout this championship season, several former players—who are currently playing in the NFL—have taken to Twitter on game days to lead Temple’s virtual cheering section.

Player: Robby Anderson
Current team and position: New York Jets, wide receiver


Player: Matt Ioannidis
Current team and position: Washington Redskins, defensive tackle


Player: Tyler Matakevich
Current team and position: Pittsburgh Steelers, outside linebacker


Player: Brandon McManus
Current team and position: Denver Broncos, kicker


Player: Rod Streater
Current team and position: San Francisco 49ers, wide receiver


Player: Tahir Whitehead
Current team and position: Detroit Lions, middle linebacker


Player: Tavon Young
Current team and position: Baltimore Ravens, cornerback