American Football Database
American Football Database
John Roper
Date of birth: (1965-10-04) October 4, 1965 (age 55)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
 As player:
Chicago Bears
Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia Eagles
Playing stats at

John Alfred Roper (born October 4, 1965 in Houston, Texas) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Texas A&M University and was drafted in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft.

At Texas A&M, Roper Lettered from 1985-1988. Roper was one of the best to play defensively in Texas A&M history according to his coach, Jackie Sherrill. In 1987, Roper was the Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year, as well as an All-American. Twice Roper was All-SWC. In his four years as an Aggie, they compiled a record of 36 wins and just 12 losses: three times they were conference champions; and twice they were victorious in the Cotton Bowl. Roper, a Consensus All-American, was at the heart of that success. Before heading to the NFL from Texas A&M, Roper began a tradition that became known all across college football. It was during his career the famed moniker of the “Wrecking Crew” was born.

Roper's career Tackles for a Loss of 68 while at Texas A&M ranked him 8th in the NCAA at the conclusion of his college football career, but currently rank him 14th.[1] In addition, Roper's career Sacks of 36 while at Texas A&M ranked him 9th in the NCAA at the conclusion of his college football career, but currently rank him 24th.[2]

Roper was cut by Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson for falling asleep during a special teams meeting prior to their October 17 game against the San Francisco 49ers in 1993. After this event, he did not play another game in the National Football League.


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