Dwayne Harper was born in Orangeburg, SC and graduated from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. He played his college ball for his home team, the South Carolina State University Bulldogs (1985-1987). In 1986, he put himself on the map with 1st Team All-MEAC honors. Harper followed that up his senior season by intercepting eight passes (tied-program record at the time), was named 1st Team All-MEAC, and an Associated Press DII All-American. The Bulldog defensive back was drafted in the 11th round of the 1988 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He would play six seasons with the Seahawks, five with the San Diego Chargers, and one season with the Detroit Lions.
Harper started at corner for the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX and racked up 571 total tackles in 148 career games. He started 128 of those games and recorded at least 3 interceptions in five of his 12 seasons. Harper added seven career fumble recoveries and a touchdown to his turnover stats. He was named to the MEAC Hall of Fame for their Class of 2019 and is a member of South Carolina State’s All-Centennial Team.Picture courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks