|No. 47, 24|
|Date of birth:October 26, 1970|
|Place of birth: Columbus, Ohio|
|College: Ohio State|
|NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Atlanta Falcons ( 1993– 1995)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 2× All-Big Ten (1992, 1993)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Roger Michael Harper is a former professional American football safety in the National Football League for the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. He also was a member of the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Ohio State University.
Harper attended Independence High School. As a senior wingback, he gained over 1,600 yards in total offense with an average of 16.5 yards-per-reception. He received All-Ohio honors and was awarded the James A. Rhodes Trophy.
He was also an All-state basketball player.
He accepted a football scholarship from Ohio State University. He became a starter as a sophomore, tying for the team lead with 3 interceptions, including returning a Drew Bledsoe pass for a 42-yard touchdown against Washington State University.
As a junior, he led the team with 4 interceptions. At the end of the season, he declared his intention to enter the NFL Draft. He finished his college career with 118 tackles (75 solo) and 7 interceptions.
Harper was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round (38th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he was named the starter at strong safety in the fourth game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He posted 112 defensive tackles (fifth on the team), 5 quarterback pressures, 2 passes defensed, 15 special teams tackles (fourth on the team) and was named to the NFL's All-rookie team.
In 1994, he was moved to free safety and suffered a fractured right forearm against the New Orleans Saints, causing him to miss the last 6 games. He collected 57 tackles, 3 quarterback pressures, 3 passes defensed and one interception.
In 1995, he started the first 12 games at free safety, recording 77 tackles, 2 quarterback pressures, one interception and one forced fumble. On April 18, 1996, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a fourth (#127-Juran Bolden) and a fifth round draft choice (#164-Gary Bandy).
Harper missed the first 2 games of the 1996 season with a fracture in his right forearm, that he suffered during the Blue-White scrimmage in training camp. After safety George Teague was signed in the preseason, he was used mostly on the nickel defense, posting 33 defensive tackles, 5 passes defensed, one forced fumble and 11 special teams tackles. He was released on August 17, 1997.
Green Bay PackersEdit
- ↑ "Hurricanes' Williams, Georgia's Hastings to enter NFL draft". https://www.upi.com/Archives/1993/01/06/Hurricanes-Williams-Georgias-Hastings-to-enter-NFL-draft/8725726296400/. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- ↑ "Falcons Lose DB for Season". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=348&dat=19941115&id=82swAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ojMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4372,4774772&hl=en. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- ↑ "Cowboys get Harper". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1916&dat=19960419&id=7xRJAAAAIBAJ&sjid=aQYNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5285,2686501&hl=en. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- ↑ "Dallas Loses Another Player". http://newsok.com/article/2544939. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- ↑ "Sports Transactions". http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1998-02-25/sports/1998056077_1_western-maryland-johns-hopkins-second-10-day-contract. Retrieved January 3, 2018.