Rod Harper

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Rod Harper
No. 13     San Jose SaberCats
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-26) March 26, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Bradenton, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Brandenton (FL) Southeast
College: Murray State
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2009 for the Arkansas Twisters
Career history
* Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Career Arena football statistics as of 2014
Receptions 151
Receiving yards 1,501
Receiving TDs 30
Tackles 10
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Rod Harper (born March 26, 1985[1] in Bradenton, Florida[2]) is an American football wide receiver for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League (AFL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 2008. He played college football at Murray State.

Harper has also been a member of the Arkansas Twisters, New Orleans Saints, and Philadelphia Eagles.

College career[edit]

Harper attended Murray State, where he led the team with 57 receptions for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2007 and earned Second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference. He ranks third in school history in both career receiving yards (1,653) and touchdowns (20).[2]

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Harper went unselected in the 2008 NFL Draft and signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent.[2][3]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Harper joined the af2 following his release from the Packers, and was assigned to the Arkansas Twisters, where he debuted in 2009. On June 4, 2009 he signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints and was placed on the Twisters' "Other League Exempt" list.[1] When he signed with the Saints, Harper was leading the league in multiple categories, including scoring (228 points), total touchdowns (38) and receiving touchdowns (38). He was also tied for the league lead in receptions (107) and ranked second in receiving yards (1,375).[4]

Harper performed well in the Saints' 2009 preseason games, returning two punts for touchdowns, and he made the team's regular season roster. He was not active for any regular season games, however, and on October 16, 2009 the Saints placed him on their injured reserve list with a stress fracture in his left foot, effectively ending his 2009 season.[5]

The Saints released Harper on August 24, 2010.[6]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Harper was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad on September 22, 2010. He spent the rest of the season on the practice squad, and was re-signed to a future contract on January 10, 2011. He was waived during final cuts on September 2.

Spokane Shock[edit]

Harper played the 2012 season with the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League (AFL).

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On April 19, 2013, it was announced Harper had signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.[7]

San Jose SaberCats[edit]

On November 25, 2013, Harper was assigned to the San Jose SaberCats of the AFL.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Transactions Bulletin #170". af2.com. af2. June 4, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Packers Sign 11 Non-Drafted Free Agents". Packers.com. Green Bay Packers. May 2, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Teams sign rookie free agents". NFL.com. Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Twisters standout WR Rod Harper signed NFL contract with Saints". af2.com. af2. June 5, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ Triplett, Mike (2009-10-16). "New Orleans Saints place receiver Rod Harper on injured reserve, re-sign quarterback Chase Daniel". Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  6. ^ Triplett, Mike (2010-08-24). "New Orleans Saints make early roster cuts, release linebacker Troy Evans among others". Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  7. ^ RIDERS TRANSACTION- Riders Sign Two Receivers

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