Former NFL defensive lineman Ed Jasper dead at 49

Former NFL defensive lineman Ed Jasper died Friday at the age of 49, according to reports.

According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Jasper starred at Troup High School before moving on up to Texas A&M and later playing for nine seasons in the NFL. Jasper’s friends and family confirmed to the newspaper that he had passed away.

“Ed was a tremendous asset to the Troup community,” Troup athletic director John Eastman said.

“Ed and his brother Shane (president of the Troup ISD school board) have a tremendous compassion for the school and the community. It is a loss for our school and community. He will be missed,” Eastman added.

Following his collegiate career, Jasper was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL draft.

He played in Philadelphia for two seasons, then spent six seasons with the Falcons before concluding his career with the then-Oakland Raiders in 2005.

Jasper ended his career with 250 tackles, 17.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles.

On social media, Jasper was a remembered as a fan favorite and a good man.

The Telegraph summed up Jasper’s many high school and collegiate achievements.

“At Troup High School, he was All-East Texas for three years, plus Defensive Most Valuable Player,” the outlet noted. “While at Texas A&M he was the recipient of the 1996 Aggie Heart Award, one of the most coveted honors given to a Texas A&M player.

“The Aggie Heart Award is presented to a senior who has completed his eligibility and displays the intangibles such as effort, desire, determination, competitiveness, accountability, leadership and courage, according to the school.”