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Roman Harper

Roman Harper
Harper with the Saints in 2012.
No. 41 Carolina Panthers
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-11) December 11, 1982
Place of birth: Prattville, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Prattville (AL)
College: Alabama
NFL draft: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2015
Tackles: 732
Quarterback sacks: 18.0
Interceptions: 11
Forced fumbles: 15
Stats at NFL.com

Roman Harper (born December 11, 1982) is an American football safety for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Alabama, and was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. In 2009, Harper earned his first Pro Bowl berth and helped lead the Saints to Super Bowl XLIV.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • New Orleans Saints 3.1
    • Carolina Panthers 3.2
    • Awards and championships 3.3
    • NFL stats 3.4
  • Community work 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Harper was born and went to high school in Prattville, Alabama, where he was a quarterback, safety, and returner for Prattville High School. He led the Lions to a 9-2 record his senior season. One of those losses came from rival Sidney Lanier High School in the regional championship game. Harper was a first Team All State performer and was also selected to the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Game.

College career

Harper attended the University of Alabama, and played for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. He was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter and finished his college football career with 302 tackles, 5 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, and 3.5 sacks. As a sophomore, he totaled 114 tackles (second most on the team) and also had an interception and a fumble recovery. As a junior, he was a second team All-Southeastern Conference selection. As a senior, he was a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection.[1]

Professional career

New Orleans Saints

Harper celebrating the Saints' win of Super Bowl XLIV.

Drafted in the second round by the Saints, Harper started five games in 2006 but was put on injured reserve on October 10. Harper started 16 games in 2007 and 15 games in 2008. In 2009, Harper earned his first Pro Bowl berth and helped lead the New Orleans Saints to the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami, FL.[1]

Harper was released by the Saints on February 12, 2014 after 8 years with the team.[2]

Carolina Panthers

On March 15, 2014, Harper was signed by the Carolina Panthers.[3] During his debut performance for the Panthers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Harper recorded 2 tackles, 1 pass deflection, and 1 interception.[4] During the Panthers week 5 win over the Chicago Bears, Harper recorded his second interception of the season against Jay Cutler.[5] Harper won NFC defensive player of the week for his performance in week 17 against division rival Atlanta Falcons. Harper recorded 6 tackles, 1 pass defended, and a 31 yard pick six.

Awards and championships

  • 2009 - Super Bowl Champion
  • 2009 - Named to first NFL Pro Bowl
  • 2007 - Ed Block Courage Award

NFL stats

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2006 NO 5 27 25 2 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2007 NO 16 90 75 15 4.0 2 0 0 3 58 19 31 1 8
2008 NO 15 89 82 7 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
2009 NO 16 102 84 18 1.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2010 NO 15 98 76 22 3.0 6 1 0 1 6 6 6 0 8
2011 NO 16 95 73 22 7.5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
2012 NO 16 115 88 27 0.0 0 0 0 2 41 21 41 0 11
2013 NO 9 39 27 12 0.0 0 1 19 1 0 0 0 0 1
2014 CAR 16 62 39 23 1.0 1 0 0 4 43 11 31 1 10
Career 124 717 569 148 18.0 15 3 0 11 148 13 41 2 62
[6]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Community work

Harper and his mother, Princess Harper, founded the Harper's Hope Foundation in 2009. The primary goal of the foundation has been, “to strengthen families and enhance their emotional, social, and spiritual health through educational programs, enrichment activities, and economic development.”[7]

In July 2010 the foundation hosted its first annual "A Sainted Weekend" Celebrity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction. He also trains and teaches his cousin Jordan Harper (a young high school football player) during the summer.

Harper became a member of School of the Legends (SOTL) in 2010.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b New Orleans Saints bio for Roman Harper (accessed December 27, 2010).
  2. ^ Patra, Kevin (February 12, 2014). "Saints release Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, Will Smith". NFL.com. 
  3. ^ Panthers sign safety Harper
  4. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/carolina-panthers-tampa-bay-buccaneers-20140907027/
  5. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7792/
  6. ^ "Roman Harper Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Harper, Princess. "About". About Harper's Hope 4*1 Foundation. Zeekee Interactive. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Veteran Running Backs Offer Rookies Advice in Exclusive School of the Legends Interview". Business Wire. 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 

External links

  • Roman Harper on Twitter
  • Career statistics and player information from ESPN • Yahoo! Sports • Fox Sports
  • Carolina Panthers bio
  • New Orleans Saints bio
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