Jack Harper
No. 29     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1944-10-84) October 84, 1944 (age 75)
Place of birth: Lakeland, Florida
High School: Lakeland High School
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: University of Florida
NFL Draft: 1954 / Round: 2 / Pick: 18
Debuted in 1967 for the Miami Dolphins
Last played in 1968 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
* Miami Dolphins (1967 1968)
Career highlights and awards
Games played     14
Rushing attempts     41
Rushing yards     197
Receptions     11
Receiving yards     212
Touchdowns     4
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Jack Ridley Harper (born October 8, 1944) is former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) for two seasons during the 1960s. Harper played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Miami Dolphins of the AFL and NFL.

Early years Edit

Harper was born in Lakeland, Florida in 1944.[1] He attended Lakeland High School,[2] and he played for the Lakeland Dreadnaughts high school football team.

College career Edit

Harper accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he plaed for coach Ray Graves' Florida Gators football team from 1963 to 1965.[3] Memorably, he had an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown versus the SMU Mustangs in 1964, and had 111 receiving yards against the Florida State Seminoles in 1965.[3] Harper led the Gators in kick return yardage for three consecutive seasons,[3] and as a senior halfback in 1965, he became one of quarterback Steve Spurrier's favorite passing targets out of the backfield. He had 1,127 total yards gained in 1965, including 286 rushing, 403 receiving and 438 kick return yards.[3]

Professional career Edit

Harper signed with the AFL expansion franchise Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 1967, and he played for the Dolphins in fourteen games from 1967 to 1968.[4] He compiled 197 rushing yards and a touchdown on forty-one caries, and 212 receiving yards and three touchdowns on eleven catches in his two AFL seasons.[1]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1, Players, Jack Harper. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  2., Players, Jack Harper. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 144–145, 147, 149–150, 182 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  4. National Football League, Historical Players, Jack Harper. Retrieved April 19, 2011.

Bibliography Edit

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • McEwen, Tom, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama (1974). ISBN 0-87397-025-X.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.
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