Troy Archer
No. 77     
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-01-16)January 16, 1955
Place of birth: Gardena, California
Date of death: June 22, 1979(1979-06-22) (aged 24)
Place of death: North Bergen, New Jersey
Career information
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants (19761978)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Games played     38
Fumble recoveries     5
Defensive TDs     1
Stats at

James Troy Archer (January 16, 1955—June 22, 1979) was an American football defensive tackle who played three seasons in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He began playing football at age six after his father forged his birth certificate to show he was eight years old.

He played football at California High School in Whittier, California where he was smaller in stature than would be expected from a professional football player. After high school, he grew significantly while playing college football at Rio Hondo College and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

A resident of Guttenberg, New Jersey,[1] Archer was killed in an auto accident[2] during training camp. He had no children but had one niece, Stephanie, and one nephew, Matthew, who were born 12 hours apart.


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