Troy Archer
No. 77
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1955-01-16)January 16, 1955
Gardena, California
Died:June 22, 1979(1979-06-22) (aged 24)
North Bergen, New Jersey
Career information
NFL Draft:1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:38
Fumble recoveries:5
Defensive TDs:1
Player 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.


  1. ^ Staff. "TROY ARCHER DIES; LINEMAN FOR GIANTS; Former Defensive End at Colorado Is Killed in Crash of a Truck in North Bergen, N.J.", The New York Times, June 23, 1979. Accessed April 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Pro Gridder Troy Archer Killed In Car Accident". The Times-News. The Times-News. June 23, 1970. Retrieved 22 September 2014.