The Cyclone coaching staff signed the Soda Springs,
Jim Criner took over coaching duties for Archer’s senior season and left no doubt that the Cyclones would be a passing team in 1983. Archer teamed up with receiver Tracy Henderson to form one of the best offensive threats in school history. Archer broke virtually every single-season school passing record in 1983, as the Cyclones tied for fourth in the Big Eight Conference (3-4). Archer set school marks in pass completions (234), attempts (403), yards (2,639), total offense (2,698), touchdowns (18) and lowest interception percentage (.029). He led the Big Eight and ranked eighth nationally in total offense while his favorite target
When Archer’s career ended, he ranked No. 1 in the ISU career record book in both passing yards (4,104) and completions (359) in just two seasons. His 2,639 passing yards and 2,698 yards of total offense his senior season are still the second-best single-season marks in
Archer was hoping his outstanding senior season would warrant a look from the pro scouts. He was drafted in the ninth round of the USFL draft by the Denver Gold, but was not called upon by an NFL team. Archer opted to not sign with USFL and chose to sign a free-agent contract with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. His decision paid off, making the Falcons’ roster in 1984. The following season, Archer played in all 16 games and led
Archer continued his professional career after the NFL, joining the World League of American Football in 1992. He played one season with the Sacramento Surge, earning league MVP honors and MVP of the World Bowl after leading the Surge to the World League title. Archer shifted leagues once again, heading to the Canadian Football League. In his first season with the Sacramento Gold Miners, Archer threw for 6,023 yards, a total that ranks fourth on the CFL single-season passing charts. He is one of just three players in professional football history to throw for 6,000 or more yards in a season. Archer ended his CFL career in 1998, throwing for 20,671 yards and 120 touchdowns for four teams in five seasons.