Alan Harper (American football)

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Alan Harper
No. 98
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1979-09-06) September 6, 1979 (age 38)
Fontana, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school: Fontana (CA)
College: Fresno State
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 121
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • ArenaBowl champion (XXI)
  • Second Team All-American (2001)
  • 3× First Team All-WAC (1999–2001)
  • WAC Defensive Player of the Year (2001)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Alan Stephen Harper (born September 6, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle who played one season with the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State University.[1]

Early years

Harper played high school football at Fontana High School in Fontana, California and graduated in 1997. He earned first-team All-Citrus Belt League and All-Inland Valley honors his senior year in 1996. He recorded 63 unassisted tackles, 24 assisted tackles, eight sacks and three pass deflections while the team went 11–1–1 in 1996. Harper attended A. B. Miller High School in Fontana his sophomore and junior years, garnering All-San Andreas League accolades twice.[2]

College career

Harper played for the Fresno State Bulldogs from 1998 to 2001. He sat out the 1997 season while fulfilling academic requirements. He earned first-team All-WAC honors in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Harper was Fresno State's nominee for WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and won the award in 2001. He was also named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News his senior season in 2001.[2]

Professional career

New York Jets/Scottish Claymores

Harper was selected by the New York Jets with the 121st pick in the 2002 NFL Draft and signed with the team on July 24, 2002.[1][3][4] He was released by the Jets on October 15, 2003 and signed to the team's practice squad on October 16, 2003.[3][5] He was promoted to the active roster on December 17, 2003.[6] Harper was allocated to NFL Europe on February 9, 2004, where he played for the Scottish Claymores.[6][7] He was named to the All-NFL Europe Team for his play during the 2004 season.[6] He was released by the Jets on September 5 and signed to the team's practice squad on September 6, 2004. Harper was promoted to the active roster on September 27, 2004.[3][6] He played in eleven games for the Jets during the 2004 season.[1] He was released by the Jets on August 31, 2005.[6]

San Jose SaberCats

Harper was signed by the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League (AFL) on December 19, 2005.[8] He played for the team from 2006 to 2008.[9]

Arizona Rattlers

Harper signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the AFL on June 30, 2010 and played for the team during the 2010 season.[10][9]

References

  1. ^ a b c "ALAN HARPER". profootballarchives.com. Archived from the original on February 15, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "ALAN HARPER". gobulldogs.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Alan Harper". sportsforecaster.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "ALAN HARPER". foxsports.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "TRANSACTIONS". nytimes.com. October 17, 2003. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Alan Harper". kffl.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Alan Harper". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Alan Harper". arenafan.com. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Archived from the original on March 14, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 

External links

  • Just Sports Stats
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