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Edward Jasper '96 May 3, 2022 3:33 PM updated: May 3, 2022 4:03 PM

Edward Vidal Jasper

January 18, 1973 - April 15, 2022

Edward Vidal Jasper was born Jan. 18, 1973, in Tyler, TX. 

The former All-East Texas standout as a Troup Tiger who went on to star at Texas A&M and play in the NFL, has passed away at age 49.  

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. The Aggie Heart Award winner is the player who extends himself to the fullest every time he dons his football gear, regardless of the situation, be it in practice or a game. The Heart Award is voted upon by the players of the football team.

At Texas A&M, Jasper was a member of the 1993 Southwest Conference champions as the Aggies were 10-2, falling to Notre Dame 24-21 in the Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas. The Aggies were ranked as high as No. 7. In 1994, the Aggies were 10-0-1 but were ineligible for the SWC title. In 1995, Jasper was part of the A&M team that defeated Michigan, 22-20, in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The Aggies were 9-3. The squad was 6-6 in 1996, the first season in the Big 12.

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL Draft.  He played in 1997-98 for the Eagles, followed by stops with the Atlanta Falcons (1999-2004) and the Oakland Raiders (2005). He helped lead the Falcons to the playoffs in 2002 and 2004 (reached NFC Championship).

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