Harper not only impresses me on the field, but off. His presence within the community is widespread and well known. He formed “Harper’s Hope 41 Foundation”, which was started to improve the quality of life for many families, help build stronger communities, and help stop community deterioration through various programs.
Also recently, Harper and Safety Darren Sharper, in conjunction with the United Way, surprised two families affected by Hurricane Katrina by rebuilding their homes in time for the holidays. A true Saint on and off the field, so let’s go easy on him.
Unfortunately, his future is uncertain with the lockout going on. He only has five years which would make him a restricted free agent under the old free agency rules.
But even though he doesn’t have a contract, Harper is still upbeat about the situation. At a recent charity softball game, hosted by Saints Fullback Heath Evans, Harper said he is “90 percent confident” that he will resign with the Saints.
Him wanting to sign with the Saints is a positive step and I’m confident that it will get done. Even with all these circumstances hindering the resigning, we all know he’s got some broad shoulders to carry the burden. And, “The Neck” to go along with those shoulders.