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The Alabama Crimson Tide cap Roman Harper wore Sunday during his post-practice interview represents where he came from.

The gray hair underneath it may be symbolic of where hes headed.

But as those college days at Bama get farther and farther from Harper's rearview mirror and his retirement approaches, the hard-hitting, 33-year-old safety is just enjoying the present.

To be able to say Ive lasted this long is a blessing, he said. At the end of the day, Im just taking advantage of every day Im out here.



Harper, entering his 11th season in the NFL, didnt think hed be out here at The Greenbrier, where the Saints hold training camp. He had no idea hed ever be a Saint again after he parted ways with the team after the 2013 season and played the past two seasons with Carolina.

I never actually thought Id be wearing the No. 41 jersey for the Saints again, he said.

But No. 41 is back, after he signed in June to return to the team he played for from 2006-13, helping win a Super Bowl and making two Pro Bowl appearances as one of the best safeties in the league.

For those thinking Harper was signed just to provide some leadership on defense, think again. Harper showed Monday that hes not just here to be a locker-room guy. He's still got plenty left in the tank.

He played solid defense against tight end Coby Fleener, breaking up a pair of passes, and also forced a Mark Ingram fumble.



It was the kind of day Harper had promised to coach Sean Payton when the team brought him back.

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Happy he's back.
Might free up Kenny to be the hybrid he is in 3 safety sets. Also knows how to get to the QB
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I don't know how much he's got left in the tank but I'm glad he's back with the Saints.
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When used properly as a strong safety he's still good. He's a lock for the final 53 and will be used on a rotational basis. Smart move. Welcome home.
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Harper can look like a Rookie again in 5 minutes.
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Harper can look like a Rookie again in 5 minutes.
But I think the gray hair is what make Gramps cool!
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"He has plenty left in the tank" What about the tires? Has anyone kicked them?
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