Temple football coach Matt Rhule has to keep expanding his rolodex when it comes to former Owls in the NFL. And Rhule is taking advantage of his relationships with those players to help his current group.
Recently, Rhule reached out to the Temple players in NFL camps this summer, asking them to share some of their wisdom with the 2016 team.
"We asked all the guys in the NFL from Temple if they could share one piece of advice and they texted me back," Rhule said.
Rhule then put the comments on a screen for the entire team to see.
"Those guys are always giving back," Rhule said.
Coming from NFL players, any advice grabs the attention of the current Owls.
"Sometimes it is something the coaches have been saying forever, but if they say it, then it's like a good piece of advice," Rhule said, laughing. "We do anything we can to get the right message to the kids."
The number of messengers is growing. These are players from Temple who were with NFL teams as of July 1. Below, rookies are either designated by R and the round they were drafted or RFA (rookie free agent).
Shahbaz Ahmed OL Atlanta RFA
Robby Anderson WR NY Jets RFA
Cody Booth OL Washington
Kyle Friend C NJ Jets RFA
Junior Gallette LB Washington
Matt Ioannidis DT Washington R (5th round)
Jaiquawn Jarrett DB NY Jets
Terrance Knighton DT New England
Tyler Matakevich LB Pittsburgh R (7th round)
Brandon McManus PK Denver
Bernard Pierce RB NY Jets
Brandon Shippen WR Miami (RFA)
Rod Streater WR Kansas City
Tahir Whitehead LB Detroit
Muhammad Wilkerson DT NY Jets
Tavon Young DB Baltimore R (4th round)