Tyvon Branch is a safety for the Oakland Raiders. He previously played college football at the University of Connecticut and was a Second-Team All-Big East selection in 2007.
Branch was born on December 11, 1986 in Syracuse, NY and lettered in both football and track at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. He played defensive back and returned kickoffs for the football team and won state titles in both the 100 and 200 meter dash as a senior in track. He was named the Gatorade New York State Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 60 meter dash at the 2004 National Indoor Track Championship. Despite his great success as a track star, he chose to play football at the University of Connecticut.
University of Connecticut
Branch didn’t see many snaps as a safety as a true freshman, but he returned ten kickoffs for the Huskies and appeared in 12 games. As a sophomore, he recorded 43 tackles and made two interceptions in 11 games and became a starter by the end of the season. After a breakout 79 tackle campaign as a junior, Branch was an All-Big East second team recipient with 89 tackles and 10 pass deflections for Connecticut. He finished his college career with 211 tackles and three interceptions.
Branch graduated from Connecticut receiving minimal interest as a professional prospect, but he impressed scouts at the NFL Combine and his stock increased dramatically. The Oakland Raiders selected him with the 100th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and he appeared in eight games as a rookie before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. He developed into one of the league’s best run-stuffing safeties over the next few years, accumulating over 100 tackles in three consecutive seasons from 2009 to 2011.
After signing a four-year deal worth $26.6 million in July 2012, Branch narrowly missed 100 tackles again during the 2012 season. His 2013 campaign came to a close after only two games when he suffered a fractured fibula in Week 2. He attempted to return from the injury late in the season, but the team placed him on the season-ending Injured Reserve list with three games remaining.
Raiders' Branch Out Indefinitely With Ankle Injury
by Bess Shapiro
The Oakland Raiders have lost one of their most potent weapons to injury, perhaps for the season. Strong safety Tyvon Branch, 26, went down in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars...