|Born:||September 13, 1985|
Kansas City, Missouri
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Rockhurst High School,|
Kansas City, Missouri
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
Tony Temple (born September 13, 1985) is a former starting running back for the Missouri Tigers football team representing the University of Missouri. Temple played for the Tigers from 2004 to 2007. He entered the 2008 NFL Draft, but was not chosen and was signed after the draft as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns
High school career
Temple attended Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri, and participated in both track and field and football for the Hawklets. Temple was on two Missouri 6A High School undefeated state championship football teams in 2000 and 2002. Temple finished his high school career in football with 6,295 rushing yards and 85 total touchdowns, good for a #8 ranking by Rivals and #2 by ESPN as a running back prospect in the 2004 collegiate recruiting class.
In his final collegiate game, Temple set a Cotton Bowl Classic record with 281 yards rushing in Missouri's 38-7 win over Arkansas on New Year's Day 2008, breaking a mark that Dicky Maegle first set with a memorable performance in 1954. On his final carry of the game, Temple broke loose for a spinning, tackle-breaking 40-yard touchdown run and then rode to the bench on the arms of teammates Chase Daniel and lineman Tyler Luellen because he had tweaked a hamstring injury. Temple's rushing mark and total touchdowns (4) remain Cotton Bowl Classic records.
After the 2007 season Temple applied to get the 2008 year of eligibility back by appeal to the NCAA. Temple played in one game for 2004 as a true freshman, but due to an injury, he missed the remainder of the year. The appeal was turned down initially by the Big 12, and before the NCAA could review it, Temple decided to withdraw the appeal and prepare for the NFL draft.
Temple was signed with the Cleveland Browns, but then released. Temple is currently the director of operations at the Kansas City Fitness Magazine. Temple also is the owner of a construction company, based in Kansas City, Missouri. (Temple Construction Services, LLC). Temple also works for a local talent agency in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was featured in a national Adidas promo and with Hallmark. Temple is a client for Talent Unlimited, where he specializes in acting and modeling.
- Tony Temple's record-setting performance conjures up Cotton Bowl memories Yahoo! Sports, 1 January 2008.
- MU's overlooked Temple set for possible finale[permanent dead link] Jefferson City News Tribune, 31 December 2007
- Missouri's Temple ends appeal for extra year of eligibility, readies for NFL draft ESPN.com, 31 January 2008