Roman Harper

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Roman Harper
Roman Harper.jpg
No. 41     Carolina Panthers
Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-11) December 11, 1982 (age 31)
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
Debuted in 2006 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 654
Quarterback sacks 17.0
Interceptions 7
Forced fumbles 14
Stats at

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.

Early years[edit]

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[edit]

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 senior, he was a first team All-Southeastern Conference cat. As a junior, he was a second team All-Southeastern Conference selection. As a sophomore, he led the team with 114 tackles and also had an interception and a fumble recovery.[1]

Professional career[edit]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Harper in the 2012 NFL season.

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[edit]

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]

Awards and championships[edit]

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

Community work[edit]

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.”[5]

In July 2010 the foundation hosted its first annual "A Sainted Weekend" Celebrity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction.

Harper became a member of School of the Legends (SOTL) in 2010.[6]


  1. ^ a b New Orleans Saints bio for Roman Harper (accessed December 27, 2010).
  2. ^ "New Orleans Saints part ways with Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma",, February 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Panthers sign safety Harper
  4. ^
  5. ^ Harper, Princess. "About". About Harper's Hope 4*1 Foundation. Zeekee Interactive. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Veteran Running Backs Offer Rookies Advice in Exclusive School of the Legends Interview". Business Wire. 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 

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