New Orleans Saints legends Jahri Evans and Roman Harper were inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame on Friday, November 5, 2021. Radio broadcaster Marco Garcia received the Joe Gemilli Fleur de Lis award.
By Erin Summers, NewOrleansSaints.com
Super Bowl XLIV era stars Jahri Evans and Roman Harper were inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame at a luncheon Friday, Nov. 5.
"This is an honor to me, I don't take this lightly," Harper said at the event. "This means the absolute world to me. Not only that but getting to go in with one of my best friends, my frat brother and one of the all-time greatest, Jahri Evans. I just want to say thank you."
"I'm just thankful to be here, I'm glad to be back in New Orleans," Evans said. "Saints fans are one of the best in the NFL. It's a big community and the fans stretch."
The New Orleans Saints celebrate former guard Jahri Evans as he is inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame class of 2020.
New Orleans radio broadcaster Marco Garcia, who started the team broadcasts in Spanish, received the Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis award.
Harper was a second-round draft pick out of Alabama in 2006. The former safety played nine seasons for the Saints (2006-13, 2016). During that time, he had seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Harper defended 52 passes and recorded 38 tackles for loss, with 17 sacks.
Harper was part of five playoff teams and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2009 and 2010.
Evans played 11 seasons for the Saints (2006-16) after being drafted in 2006 as a fourth-round pick out of Bloomsburg. The former right guard was a unanimous selection for induction. He played on five playoffs teams and earned Pro Bowl honors for six straight seasons (2009-14).
"When I got drafted by the Saints in '06 I wanted to be the best player I could be, and I did that. I worked very hard to do that," Evans said. "We did some great things. We had a great general behind us in Drew Brees who broke a lot of records and made our job very easy up front."
Evans was named first team All-Pro in four straight seasons from 2009-12.
Harper and Evans will attend the Saints Fan Fest at Faubourg Brewery on Saturday and will be available for autographs and pictures from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Garcia started Saints broadcasts in Spanish in 1996 and continued as the Hispanic play-by-play voice of the franchise on radio from 1996-2019.
"I am proud about the job we did in 22 years. How much (the Spanish community) has become involved now, how interested, they want to know everything about the Saints," Garcia said. "That's something we accomplished. I'm honored to be here."
The trio were selected by the Saints Hall of Fame Media Selection Committee in 2020 but the induction was delayed due to Covid. Harper and Evans will also be honored at the Saints game against the Falcons on Sunday at the Caesars Superdome.
The New Orleans Saints celebrate former safety Roman Harper as he is inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame class of 2020.