Posted February 9, 2022

Owls in the NFL are carrying on Temple’s mission and spirit

Part of being Temple Made is giving back to our communities. Learn how these Owls in the NFL are doing just that.

Image of Jacob Martin, a defensive end for the Houston Texans and graduate of Temple University.
Photography By: 
Zach Tarrant
Jacob Martin, once an integral member of Temple football, is a defensive end for the Houston Texans who also spends much of his time giving back to communities.

Super Bowl week is here! Each year the days leading up to the biggest football game and halftime performance of the year are filled with seven days of festivities and media events. This year, we give a special shout out to the NFL Owls who participated in the NFL playoff games, including Daniel Archibong, EDU ’20; Shaun Bradley, EDU ’20; Dion Dawkins, CLA ’17; Michael Dogbe, KLN ’18, Tyler Matakevich, EDU ’16; and Chris Myarick, FOX ’18

As Owls, giving back to our communities is an important part of who we are and what it means to be Temple Made. From the gridiron at Temple University to the playing fields of the National Football League, these Owls are fulfilling the Temple mission through their commitment to giving back to communities that are most important to them. 

Shaun Bradley, EDU ’20 

Shaun Bradley, EDU ’20, who started at linebacker for the Owls from 2017 to 2019, returns an interception for a touchdown against the University of Maryland. (Photo by Zamani Feelings) 

Shaun Bradley, EDU ’20, who just completed his second campaign as a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, hosted his first football camp for youth in his hometown community in Mount Holly, New Jersey, at Rancocas Valley Regional High School last summer. The Shaun Bradley Community Football Camp was held for kids between the ages of 7 and 18. Bradley is also on council for the Eagles’ End Philly Gun Violence campaign to combat gun violence at the community level in Philadelphia. 

Dion Dawkins, CLA ’17  

Dion Dawkins, CLA ’17, started at left tackle for the Owls from 2013 to 2016. (Courtesy of Temple Football)

Dion Dawkins, CLA ’17, is currently a left tackle for the Buffalo Bills and was selected to his first Pro Bowl during the 2021-22 season. When he’s not battling in the trenches against NFL defenses to protect the blind side of All-Pro quarterback Josh Allen, he is giving back to the community. Dawkins pledged $100 toward his foundation, Dion’s Dreamers, for every touchdown the Bills high-octane offense scored this season. “Touchdowns For Dreamers” benefits the Dion’s Dreamers Fund in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Western New York area, including Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier, to match more children with a mentor. He launched his foundation with the goal of providing mentorship and support to members of underserved communities and those experiencing mental, financial or physical hardship. 

Jacob Martin, KLN ’19

Jacob Martin, KLN ’19, defensive end for the Houston Texans pictured at NRG Stadium. (Photo by Zach Tarrant)

Jacob Martin, KLN ’19, is a defensive end for the Houston Texans, who led the Owls in sacks during his tenure. When he is not rushing opposing quarterbacks in the NFL, he is giving back to communities. Martin is involved with the Texans partnership with the Greater Houston Police Activities League for teen discussion on social justice to build relationships between youth and police officers. In 2021, he also virtually visited kids at the Texas Children’s Hospital in support of its pediatric inpatient rehabilitation unit. And, he’s lending his expertise to the newly opened Claire Smith Center for Sports Media at the Klein College of Media and Communication to support students in areas of sports journalism. 

Brandon McManus, CST ’13

Brandon McManus, CST ’13, placekicker for the Denver Broncos started his clothing line, Project McManus, to stop bullying and benefit underprivileged youth in the Denver area. (Courtesy of Brandon McManus) 

Brandon McManus, CST ’13, is a Super Bowl winning placekicker for the Denver Broncos, who has a dappar sense of fashion. McManus started his clothing line, Project McManus, with Boulder, Colorado-based Shinesty. He donates all proceeds to benefit underprivileged youth and combat bullying in the Denver communities. In 2021, he was named the Week 15 NFLPA Community MVP, donating more than $50,000 of resources for families in Denver during his 25 Days of Giving campaign. Also as a 2009 graduate of North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, he funded $25,000 in staff-inspired projects to the North Penn School District to help students reach their goals in all areas of their lives and education in 2019.