|Date of birth:||October 4, 1965|
|Place of birth:||Houston, Texas|
|NFL Draft:||1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36|
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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. 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.
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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