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Willie Harper
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Personal information
Born: (1950-07-30) July 30, 1950 (age 73)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Scott (Toledo)
College:Nebraska (1969–1972)
NFL draft:1973 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:43
Games Played:100
Player stats at PFR

Willie Miles Harper (born July 30, 1950) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, twice earning consensus All-American honors. Harper won Super Bowl XVI with the 49ers during the 1981 season. He also played in the United States Football League (USFL).

Harper played high school football for Toledo Scott and attended the University of Nebraska, where he was an All-American in 1972 and was drafted in the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the 49ers, who he stayed with for eleven years, from 1973 to 1983.[1] He moved to the USFL in 1984 to play for the New Jersey Generals. He finished his career with the Houston Gamblers in 1985.

His son, Josh Harper, played college football at Fresno State University.[2] His granddaughter is rapper Saweetie.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Willie Harper Career Stats". Retrieved November 3, 2021.
  2. ^ "Yes, Fresno State Receiver Josh Harper is Willie Harper's Son". University of Nebraska.
  3. ^ "Saweetie Explains Why She Refused Career Help From Famous Relatives". Complex. August 26, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  4. ^ Haithcoat, Rebecca (May 15, 2018). "Artist You Need to Know: Saweetie". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 9, 2021.