Former NFL defensive tackle Ed Jasper has passed away at 49 years old.
Friends and family have confirmed his passing, per the Tyler Morning Telegraph -- a local paper in Jasper's hometown of Tyler, Texas.
Jasper starred at Troup High School before joining the Texas A&M Aggies for his collegiate career.
“Ed was a tremendous asset to the Troup community,” Troup athletic director John Eastman said, per the Telegraph. “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.”
Jasper was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with a sixth-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. Through two seasons with the Eagles (1997-98), six seasons with the Falcons (1999-2004) and one season with the Raiders (2005), the former Texas A&M star logged 250 tackles, 17.0 sacks, 40 tackles for loss and 60 starts.
Our thoughts are with the Jasper family and all those close to him during this difficult time.