NFL CAREER – A student of the game, Parys Haralson developed a meticulous work ethic at a young age, working in his grandfather’s junkyard. He joins New Orleans late in the preseason from the San Francisco 49ers and will look to contribute to New Orleans’ linebacker corps. Healthy after missing 2012 with a triceps tear, Haralson will look to return to his form in 2011, as a key contributor in San Francisco’s 3-4 defense, as he posted 39 tackles, a career-high three forced fumbles and a pair of sacks. A fifth-round pick of the 49ers in 2006, Haralson entered the starting lineup in 2007 and has posted 21.5 career sacks, tied for second among 49ers linebackers since 1982. In 2008, he posted a career-high eight sacks which tied for the second-most among NFC linebackers.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Acquired by the New Orleans Saints from San Francisco 49ers, 8/27/13; Placed on Reserve/Injured 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 – Missed the entire season with a triceps injury suffered in the 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 with five tackles (three solo) and one pass defense...Registered a force fumble on each of his two sacks of Seahawks quarterback 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 takeaways...Posted his third forced fumble of the year vs. Cleveland, Oct. 30, stripping the ball away from quarterback Colt McCoy in the fourth quarter as time expired. 2010 – Started all 15 games he appeared in, missing game at Green Bay, Dec. 15, with ankle injury...Finished with 69 tackles (33 solo), four sacks and a career-high two fumble recoveries...Brought down Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan twice at Atlanta, Oct. 3, marking his first two-sack performance since 9/7/08 vs. Arizona...Recovered his first fumble of the year and third off his career vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 10...Recorded eight tackles and recovered a fumble that led to a 49ers field goal in the second quarter at Carolina, Oct. 24. 2009 – Started all 16 games and finished with a career-high 73 tackles (42 solo), five sacks, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery and six special teams stops...Sacked quarterback Kurt Warner at Arizona, Sept. 13, for a six-yard loss and later pressured Warner into throwing an interception to cornerback Nate Clements in the third quarter...Tallied eight tackles and tied a career-high two passes defensed at Minnesota, Sept. 27...Pressured quarterback Jay Cutler into throwing an interception to safety Dashon Goldson vs. Chicago, Nov. 12...Set a career-high with 11 tackles, while registering a sack at Seattle, Dec. 6. 2008 – Appeared in all 16 games with 10 starts and finished with 57 tackles (35 solo), a career-high eight sacks, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery and seven special teams stops. Sack total tied for second among NFC linebackers and were the most by a 49er since defensive end/linebacker Andre Carter’s 12.5 in 2002...Had a then career-high two sacks vs. Arizona, Sept. 7...Notched five tackles and 1.5 sacks vs. N.Y. Jets, Dec. 7. 2007 – Appeared in all 16 games with 11 starts after linebacker 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 N.Y. Giants, Oct. 21 and totaled seven tackles...Recorded three tackles and first career sack at Seattle, Nov. 12, when he dropped quarterback 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 injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle…Played in first career game vs. St. Louis, Sept. 17 after missing most of training camp with a foot injury.
COLLEGE – Three-year starter on the defensive line at Tennessee, finishing his 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-Southeastern Conference selection by the Associated Press after recording 45 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 8.5 sacks...Graduated with a degree in criminology.
PERSONAL – All-American selection as a senior at Madison Central (Madison, MS) HS...Also was a two-time Class 5Aall-state and 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, MS, his uncle had him worked 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 an NFL 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 teaching them proper football techniques...Born Parys Sharron Haralson (1/24/84) in Flora, MS.
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.