A student of the game, Parys Haralson developed a meticulous work ethic at a young age, working in his grandfather’s junkyard in Mississippi. He was acquired by New Orleans from San Francisco late in the 2013 preseason and has been a consistent performer at the outside linebacker position. A fifth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2006, Haralson has appeared in 118 career games with 88 starts and posted totals of 380 tackles (209 solo), 28 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
NFL CAREER – A student of the game, Parys Haralson developed a meticulous work ethic at a young age, working in his grandfather’s junkyard in Mississippi. He was acquired by New Orleans from San Francisco late in the 2013 preseason and has been a consistent performer at the outside linebacker position. A fifth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2006, Haralson has appeared in 118 career games with 88 starts and posted totals of 380 tackles (209 solo), 28 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Re-signed to a one-year contract, 2/12/15; Placed on Reserve/Injured, 1/7/14; Acquired by the New Orleans Saints from San Francisco 49ers, 8/27/13; Placed on Injured Reserve by San Francisco, 9/3/12; Signed by San Francisco to a four-year contract extension, 4/16/09; Placed by San Francisco on Reserve/Injured, 11/7/06; Signed by San Francisco to a four-year contract, 6/19/06; Selected by San Francisco in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
2012 – Appeared in all 16 games with 12 starts and posted 50 tackles (23 solo), three sacks and one fumble recovery…posted five tackles (one solo) and his first sack of season at Detroit, Oct. 19, when he dropped Lions QB Matthew Stafford…Made one solo tackle and a fumble recovery vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26…Facing his former team, made five tackles (three solo) and one sack vs. San Francisco, Nov. 9…Finished with two solo tackles and one sack vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 16. 2013 – After being acquired by the Saints from San Francisco near the end of the preseason, appeared in all 16 regular season games with eight starts and finished with 35 tackles (16 solo), 3.5 sacks and one pass defensed. Recorded one solo tackle in NFC Wild Card Playoff at Philadelphia, 1/4/14, before departing the contest with a season-ending chest injury that forced him to be placed on Reserve/injured, 1/7/14.. 2012 – Missed entire season with a triceps injury suffered in preseason. 2011 – Started all 16 regular season games and finished with 39 tackles (23 solo), two sacks and a career-high three forced fumbles...Started both postseason games and finished playoffs with five tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed...Registered a forced fumble on each of his two sacks of Seattle QB Tavaris Jackson vs. the Seahawks, Sept. 11, for a loss of 24 yards, marking the first two forced fumbles of his career, with both of them resulting in 49ers takeaways...Posted third forced fumble of season vs. Cleveland, Oct. 30, stripping the ball away from Browns QB Colt McCoy in the fourth quarter as time expired. 2010 – Started all 15 games he appeared in at outside linebacker, missing only one contest at Green Bay, Dec. 15, with an ankle injury...Finished the season with 69 tackles (33 solo), four sacks and a career-high two fumble recoveries...Brought down Falcons QB Matt Ryan twice at Atlanta, Oct. 3, marking his first two-sack performance since 9/7/08 vs. Arizona...Recovered first fumble of the year and third of career vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 10...Recorded eight tackles and recovered a fumble that led to a 49ers FG in the second quarter at Carolina, Oct. 24. 2009 – Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and finished with a career-high 73 tackles (42 solo), five sacks, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery and six special teams stops...Sacked Cardinals QB Kurt Warner at Arizona, Sept. 13, for a six-yard loss and later pressured Warner into throwing an interception to CB Nate Clements in the third quarter...Tallied eight tackles and tied a career-high two passes defensed at Minnesota, Sept. 27...Pressured Bears QB Jay Cutler into throwing an interception to 49ers S Dashon Goldson vs. Chicago, Nov. 12...Set a career-high with 11 tackles, while also registering one sack, at Seattle, Dec. 6. 2008 – Played in all 16 games with 10 starts and finished with 57 tackles (35 solo), a career-high eight sacks, two passes defensed, a fumble recovery and seven special teams stops. Sack total tied for second among NFC linebackers and were the most by a 49ers defender since DE/LB Andre Carter’s 12.5 takedowns in 2002...Had career-high two sacks vs. Arizona, dropping Warner twice, Sept. 7...Notched five tackles and 1.5 sacks vs. New York Jets, Dec. 7. 2007 – Appeared in all 16 games with 11 starts after Manny Lawson was lost for season and posted 52 tackles (32 solo), 2.5 sacks and 11 special teams stops...Made first career start at New York Giants, Oct. 21, and totaled seven tackles...Recorded three tackles and first career sack at Seattle, Nov. 12, when he dropped Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck for a four-yard loss in second quarter. 2006 – Appeared in seven games and posted five solo tackles as a reserve before being placed on Reserve/Injured (torn pectoral muscle)…Played in first career game vs. St. Louis, Sept. 17, after missing most of training camp (foot).
COLLEGE – Three-year starter on Tennessee defensive line, finishing college career ranked fifth in school history with 21 sacks, topped only by Reggie White (32, 1980-83), Leonard Little (28, 1995-97), Jonathan Brown (25, 1994-97) and Todd Kelly (22.5, 1989-92)...Started entire senior season at left defensive end and earned second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press, recording 45 tackles, three forced fumbles, two recoveries and 8.5 sacks...Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology.
PERSONAL – All-American as a senior at Madison Central (Madison, Miss) HS...Also was a two-time Class 5A All-State selection and a three-time All-Metro choice...Helped Madison Central to a state title his sophomore season with a 15-0 record...Diligent work ethic was installed at the age of 14, when while growing up in Flora, Mississippi, where his uncle had him work with him at Sun Belt Bolts and Screws until he was 18 years old...After that, he labored in his grandfather’s junkyard, helping him instill the blue-collar foundation he leans on as a National Football League player...Aspires to start his own foundation to benefit the children in his hometown...Is looking to run a football camp, teaching kids the importance of eating healthy and staying in shape, while instructing proper football techniques...Born Parys Sharron Haralson, September 24, 1984 in Flora, Miss.
Parys Haralson speaks with reporters on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Video by Justin Stout. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints linebacker Parys Haralson met with the media Friday to talk about training camp presented by Verizon.
New Orleans Saints LB Parys Haralson leads the pregame chant prior to the team's game vs the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, November 17, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints LB Parys Haralson talks about joining the New Orleans Saints on Monday, September 2, 2013.