Rod Harper
No. 13     San Jose SaberCats
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-26) March 26, 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth: Bradenton, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Murray State
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2009 for the Arkansas Twisters
Career history
* Green Bay Packers ( 2008)*
* Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference (2007)
  • Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)
Stats at
Receptions     51
Receiving yards     474
Receiving TDs     12
Stats at

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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Green Bay PackersEdit

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

New Orleans SaintsEdit

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 EaglesEdit

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 ShockEdit

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

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

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

San Jose SaberCatsEdit

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


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