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Nick Harper
CB #20
Height:
5-10
Weight:
182
College:
Fort Valley State
Experience:
9

Biography

5’10” • 182 lbs. • Born: 9.10.74 • Exp. (NFL/Titans): 9/3 • UFA (Ind) – 2007 • Fort Valley State

Super Bowl (1): 2006

PRO: A proven NFL cornerback with good cover skills and solid tackling in run support, Harper was signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent from the Indianapolis Colts on March 14, 2007. He provides experience, toughness and leadership to a young and talented secondary, having played in 116 games with 543 career tackles and 20 career interceptions. Last season, he appeared in 13 games with 12 starts and finished second on the club with 17 passes defensed. In his first season with the Titans in 2007, the former Fort Valley State standout started 14 games and notched 80 tackles, including three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Harper also collected three interceptions and finished second on the team with 14 passes defensed last season. During his six-year tenure with the Colts, Harper played in 89 games with 60 starts, while registering 383 tackles, 57 passes defensed, 15 interceptions and three fumble recoveries. In 11 playoff games, he posted 45 tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Labeled as the Colts’ top rated cornerback, Harper was a key component as the franchise captured Super Bowl XLI. Prior to joining Indianapolis, Harper started 18 games for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2000. He was originally signed in the NFL as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 16, 2001.

2009 (11/11/0/4): Placed on injured reserve on Dec. 30, 2009 … Collected 77 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed … Led or tied for the team lead in tackles twice in 2009 (vs. ARI, vs. STL) … Led the team in passes defensed twice in 2009 (at JAX, vs. SD).

at Pittsburgh (9/10): Started at cornerback and notched seven tackles. Houston (9/20): Started at cornerback and collected seven tackles and a quarterback pressure. at N.Y. Jets (9/27): Started at cornerback and posted seven tackles. at Jacksonville (10/4): Started at cornerback and notched six solo tackles and a team-best two passes defensed before leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury … Batted down a third-and-four pass intended for Mike Sims-Walker in the first quarter … Broke up a slant pass intended for Sims-Walker in the second quarter. Indianapolis (10/11): Started at cornerback and posted seven solo tackles. at New England (10/18): Inactive. Jacksonville (11/1): Inactive. at San Francisco (11/8): Inactive. Buffalo (11/15): Inactive. at Houston (11/23): Returned to the starting lineup at cornerback and posted six tackles and a pass defensed in the Titans’ 20-17 Monday Night Football victory … Broke up a pass intended for Andre Johnson in the fourth stanza. Arizona (11/29): Started at cornerback and led the team with 10 tackles in the Titans’ 20-17 come-from-behind victory. at Indianapolis (12/6): Started at cornerback and registered five solo tackles. St. Louis (12/13): Started at cornerback and tied for the team lead with 10 tackles, including two stops for losses, and a pass defensed in the Titans’ commanding 47-7 victory … Stopped Steven Jackson for a four-yard loss on a rush off right tackle in the third quarter … Stuffed Kenneth Darby for a one-yard loss on a short pass in the final stanza … Batted down a pass intended for Brandon Gibson late in the fourth quarter. Miami (12/20): Started at cornerback and posted nine solo tackles and an interception in the Titans’ 27-24 overtime win … Ended a potential Dolphins’ scoring drive by intercepting a pass intended for Greg Camarillo late in the second quarter. San Diego (12/25): Started at cornerback and notched three solo tackles and a pass defensed … Left the game in the second quarter with an injury … Broke up a pass intended for Vincent Jackson in the first quarter.

5’10” • 182 lbs. • Born: 9.10.74 • Exp. (NFL/Titans): 9/3 • UFA (Ind) – 2007 • Fort Valley State

2008 GP/GS: 13/12 (Playoffs 1/1) • Career GP/GS: 116/86 (Playoffs 13/9) • Baldwin, Ga.

Super Bowl (1): 2006

PRO: A proven NFL cornerback with good cover skills and solid tackling in run support, Harper was signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent from the Indianapolis Colts on March 14, 2007. He provides experience, toughness and leadership to a young and talented secondary, having played in 116 games with 543 career tackles and 20 career interceptions. Last season, he appeared in 13 games with 12 starts and finished second on the club with 17 passes defensed. In his first season with the Titans in 2007, the former Fort Valley State standout started 14 games and notched 80 tackles, including three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Harper also collected three interceptions and finished second on the team with 14 passes defensed last season. During his six-year tenure with the Colts, Harper played in 89 games with 60 starts, while registering 383 tackles, 57 passes defensed, 15 interceptions and three fumble recoveries. In 11 playoff games, he posted 45 tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Labeled as the Colts’ top rated cornerback, Harper was a key component as the franchise captured Super Bowl XLI. Prior to joining Indianapolis, Harper started 18 games for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2000. He was originally signed in the NFL as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 16, 2001.

TITANS TIDBITS:

• Harper was informed before the start of his senior season that he wouldn’t be eligible to play at Fort Valley State because of an eligibility issue regarding a previous redshirt season. Harper was shocked by the turn of events and what added to the saga was the NFL Draft had already come and gone. Harper’s collegiate career ended abruptly, but he was still focused on playing in the NFL. Harper worked out three times a day hoping for a call from a NFL executive. In 2000, Harper decided to play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, but he finally reached his ultimate goal when he signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 16, 2001.

• After his professional football career, Harper will dedicate his time coaching his three sons – Nicholas, Darius and Eric. Harper says that his two oldest sons Nicholas and Darius already have a deep passion for football and they even watch game film with him at home.

• In the summer of 2007, Harper had his No. 39 jersey retired at Baldwin High School. During the ceremony he presented the school with a $10,000 donation to help with new equipment and facilities for the athletic department.

• In the 2007 offseason, Harper spent 10 days in Iraq as part of the Gridiron Greats Tour, joined by Chris Harris and Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears. Harper visited 10 bases and spoke with soldiers. Harper says that his experience in Iraq changed his whole outlook on life.

• Harper continued his involvement with the U.S. Armed Forces during the spring of 2008 when he visited American Legion Post 88 in Donelson, Tenn., to speak with recently enlisted soldiers preparing for basic training.

• Harper and Titans running backs coach Earnest Byner share the same hometown. Following the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI win, Harper went to the victory parade and heard Byner speak in Milledgeville.

• Harper is extremely interested in the Big Brother/Big Sister program and plans to take a few kids under his wing.

• An avid movie watcher, Harper owns over 1,000 DVDs and over 100 karate flicks.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2008 (13/12, 1/1 - Tennessee): Appeared in 13 games with 12 starts and finished second on the team with 17 passes defensed. Led or tied for the team lead in tackles four times in 2008 (vs. JAX, vs. GB, at DET, at HST) and led or tied for the team lead in passes defensed seven times (at CIN, vs. MIN, at BLT, at KC, vs. IND, at DET, vs. CLV). Tied a career-high with four passes defensed at Detroit (11/27/08).

• Against Jacksonville (9/7), tied for the team lead with eight tackles in the Titans’ 17-10 victory on opening day. Broke up a pass intended for Reggie Williams in the second quarter.

• Against Minnesota (9/28), did not start the game as the Titans’ began the contest with a four linebacker set. Registered six tackles and an interception in the Titans’ 30-17 victory. Picked off a Gus Frerotte pass intended for Visanthe Shiancoe and returned it 11 yard to the Vikings six-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

• At Baltimore (10/5), notched six solo tackles and an interception in the Titans’ 13-10 comeback victory over the Ravens. Helped seal the victory by intercepting a pass intended for Mark Clayton late in the fourth quarter.

• At Kansas City (10/19), finished second on the team with eight tackles in the Titans’ commanding 34-10 road victory over the Chiefs. Broke up passes on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, first on a toss intended for Dwayne Bowe and then on a short throw intended for Mark Bradley.

• Against Indianapolis (10/27), notched five tackles and two passes defensed in the Titans’ 31-21 victory over the Colts on Monday Night Football. Saved a potential touchdown by breaking up a deep pass intended for Marvin Harrison early in the third quarter. Halted a Colts’ drive by batting down a fourth-and-two pass intended for Marvin Harrison in the fourth quarter.

• Against Green Bay (11/2), tied for the team lead with eight tackles and collected a pass defensed in the Titans’ 19-16 overtime victory over the Packers.

• At Detroit (11/27), led the team with six solo tackles and a career-best four passes defensed in the Titans’ commanding 47-10 victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving. Broke up a pass intended for John Standeford in the second quarter. Deflected a deep pass intended for Calvin Johnson in the third quarter.

• Against Cleveland (12/7), collected seven tackles, a tackle for loss and a team-high three passes defensed in the Titans’ division-clinching 28-9 victory. Halted a Browns’ drive by stuffing Jerome Harrison for no gain on a short pass on third-and-three in the second quarter. Ended another Cleveland drive by batting down a third-and-eight pass intended for Steve Heiden in the second quarter.

2007 (14/14, 1/1 - Tennessee): Played in and started 14 games at cornerback. Registered 80 tackles, including three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Finished second on the club with 14 passes defensed and tied for second with three interceptions. Led the team in tackles once in 2007 (at HST). Led or tied for the team lead in passes defensed seven times in 2007 (vs. IND, at HST, vs. OAK, vs. CAR, at CIN, vs. SD, at KC). Collected three takeaways (two interceptions and a fumble recovery) against Houston (10/21). Was inactive for two games, at Denver (11/19) and against N.Y. Jets (12/23).

• At Jacksonville (9/9), registered five solo tackles and a forced fumble in a 13-10 opening day victory. Forced a Maurice Jones-Drew fumble that was recovered by Chris Hope deep in Titans’ territory in the fourth quarter.

• At Houston (10/21), led the team with eight solo tackles in the Titans’ thrilling 38-36 victory over the Texans. Collected two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the win. Recovered a Jacoby Jones fumble that was forced by David Thornton in the first quarter. Intercepted a Sage Rosenfels pass intended for Kevin Walter and returned it 30 yards to the Houston 38-yard line in the first quarter. Collected his second interception of the afternoon when he stepped in front of a pass intended for Andre Davis early in the third quarter.

• Against San Diego (12/9), notched five solo tackles and a team-best three passes defensed including an interception. Made a leaping interception on third-down pass intended for Vincent Jackson and returned it 32 yards to the San Diego 19-yard line in the third quarter.

• At Kansas City (12/16), tallied two solo tackles and a team-best three passes defensed in the Titans’ 26-17 road victory. Halted a Chiefs’ drive by breaking up a third-and-two pass intended for Dwayne Bowe along the sideline in the first quarter.

2006 (15/15, 4/4 – Indianapolis): Played in 15 games with 15 starts at left cornerback for NFL’s second ranked pass defense. Recorded 73 tackles, tied for team-high with three interceptions and 11 passes defensed. Was inactive one game at New York Jets (10/1).

• At New York Giants (9/10), posted six tackles and one interception.

• At Denver (10/29), totaled season-high nine tackles and one pass defensed.

• At Dallas (11/19), registered six tackles and second interception of season.

• Against Philadelphia (11/26), totaled four tackles and snagged interception in second consecutive game.

• In AFC Divisional Game at Baltimore (1/13), recorded four tackles, a forced fumble and a interception.

• In AFC Championship against New England (1/21), posted two tackles before leaving with an ankle injury.

• In Super Bowl XLI against Chicago (2/4), registered three tackles before leaving game with injured ankle.

2005 (15/15, 1/1 – Indianapolis): Started 15 games at left cornerback. Totaled 67 tackles, team-high 12 passes defensed, three interceptions and one fumble recovery. Was inactive one game against Tennessee (12/4) with groin injury.

• Against St. Louis (10/17), posted six tackles and first interception of season.

• At Houston (10/23), hauled in interception for second consecutive week.

• At Cincinnati (11/20), recorded season-high 11 tackles with one pass defensed.

• Against San Diego (12/18), tallied eight tackles, one pass defensed and third interception of season.

• In AFC Divisional Game against Pittsburgh, registered seven tackles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

2004 (14/14, 2/2 – Indianapolis): Played in 14 games with 14 starts at left cornerback. Totaled 75 tackles, five passes defensed, three interceptions and one fumble recovery. Was inactive for two games (at Chicago 11/21 and at Denver 1/2).

• In season opener at New England (9/9), picked off quarterback Tom Brady for first interception of season.

• At Tennessee (9/19), posted seven tackles and recorded second interception in consecutive weeks.

• At Jacksonville (10/3), registered season-high 11 tackles.

• Against Oakland (10/10), posted third interception of season.

• In AFC Wild Card Game against Denver (1/9), totaled four tackles with one pass defensed.

• In AFC Divisional Game at New England, posted three tackles.

2003 (16/13, 3/0 – Indianapolis): Played in all 16 games with 13 starts in first-year as a starter. Set career-highs in tackles (94), interceptions (four, team high) and posted first career touchdown on interception return. Also added 11 passes defensed and three special teams tackles. Was inactive three games (12/7 at Tennessee, 12/14 against Atlanta and 12/21 against Denver) due to back injury.

• In season opener at Cleveland (9/7), hauled in two interceptions for second multi-interception game of career.

• Against Tennessee (9/14), intercepted Billy Volek for career long 75-yard touchdown return.

• Against Houston (10/26), posted season-high 10 tackles.

• Against New England (11/30), registered career-high fourth interception of season.

• In AFC Championship Game at New England (1/18), totaled four tackles, one pass defensed and one forced fumble.

2002 (16/1, 1/0 – Indianapolis): Played in all 16 games with one start. Recorded 51 tackles and nine passed defensed. Also contributed seven special teams tackles.

• Against Cincinnati (10/6), posted season-high 10 tackles and one pass defensed.

• In AFC Wild Card Game at New York Jets (1/4), registered seven tackles in reserve role.

2001 (13/2 – Indianapolis): As a rookie played in 13 games with two starts as reserve cornerback. Totaled 23 tackles, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed and one fumble recovery. Also added 11 tackles on special teams. Was inactive two games (10/14 against Oakland and 1/6 against Denver) and did not play against New England (10/21).

COLLEGE:

• As senior was All-SIAC selection and helped Wildcats reach Division II playoffs. Totaled 47 tackles, four tackles for losses, three interceptions, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

• Was two-year letterman for Wildcats track team in high jump.

• Majored in biology.

PERSONAL:

• Married to Danielle, couple splits time between Nashville and Indianapolis, Ind., with their three sons, Nicholas, Darius and Eric.

• Attended Baldwin High School (Milledgeville, Ga.) and was voted team’s most valuable player as senior and earned first-team all-conference.

• Also lettered in baseball, wrestling and track in high school.

• Hobbies include fishing, bowling and playing golf.

• List of favorites: (movie) “The Temptations”; (TV show) “The Wire”; (vacation getaway) Bahamas; (food) Lasagna; (music artist) DMX; (car) Ferrari; and (actor/actress) Al Pacino/Halle Berry.

• Born Nicholas Necosi Harper on Sept. 10, 1974, in Baldwin, Ga.

Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 127 625 528 97 0 0 73 21 1 286 -- 75
2009 TEN 11 81 69 12 0 -- 6 1 0 4 4 4
2008 TEN 13 71 68 3 0 -- 14 2 0 11 5.5 11
2007 TEN 14 77 64 13 0 -- 11 3 0 62 20.7 32
2006 IND 15 75 58 17 0 -- 6 3 0 18 6 19
2005 IND 15 66 60 6 0 -- 10 3 0 41 13.7 21
2004 IND 14 77 58 19 0 -- 5 3 0 12 4 12
2003 IND 16 98 84 14 0 0 10 4 1 121 30.3 75
2002 IND 16 49 43 6 0 -- 5 -- -- -- -- --
2001 IND 13 31 24 7 0 -- 6 2 0 17 8.5 14
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 127 1 1 3 1 4 0 22 0 0 0 0
2009 TEN 11 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 TEN 13 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 TEN 14 -- -- 1 1 1 0 0 -- -- -- --
2006 IND 15 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 IND 15 -- -- 0 -- 1 -- 7 -- -- -- --
2004 IND 14 -- -- 0 -- 1 -- 15 -- -- -- --
2003 IND 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2002 IND 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001 IND 13 1 1 1 -- 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 127 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 TEN 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 TEN 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 TEN 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 IND 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 IND 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 IND 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 IND 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 IND 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001 IND 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

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