Roman Harper didn’t want to reflect too much on the possibility that Sunday’s game could be his last home game with the New Orleans Saints.

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When someone suggested that Harper has “been here since the beginning” as a second-round draft pick in that sensational 2006 draft class, Harper cracked, “Not the beginning. That was like ’60-something.”

But Harper did admit that it’s been great to be a part of the best eight-year run in the history of the Saints franchise.

“Yeah, man, it’s crazy that we’ve still got guys here that are still playing at a high level, and we’ve been starting since our rookie year,” Harper said of fellow draft classmates Marques Colston, Jahri Evans and Zach Strief – not to mention a certain free-agent pickup from that year by the name of Drew Brees. “And we’ve got a lot of games under our belt, we’ve won a lot of games and we really helped turn this whole system, this whole team, this whole feel of this town around. And it’s been great. It’s been a special deal being a part of that. And you’ll always be remembered, the fans here will remember you forever.”

Harper actually holds a strange place in the hearts of the Saints’ fan base. Although he’s a two-time Pro Bowler who thrived as a blitzer and open-field run stuffer during his three years under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams from 2009-11, Harper also had some high-profile struggles in pass coverage in playoff losses at Seattle and San Francisco