Ed Jasper played football while he attended high school in San Antonio before deciding that he wanted to move to Austin. He then went on to play collegiately at Southern Methodist University. His final game for him came in 2010 when he broke into the Dallas Cowboys.
In 2013, after being traded from the Buffalo Bills to Seattle Seahawks, he would find himself playing behind Hall of Famer Terry McLaurin in his first year as an N.Y. Jets player.
In 2014, he was drafted by the Houston Texans in the seventh round of the draft to become the team’s starting left guard. Just two years later, he would be named the 2015 Rookie of the Year. It was in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training camp that he finally gained attention as a rookie, catching five passes for 73 yards, but missed several games due to injuries.
However, it wasn’t until 2016 that he caught 25 passes for 597 yards in 11 games for New England Patriots.
At this point in his career, he had one Pro Bowl season and one Super Bowl appearance, leading him to win the AFC Offensive Player of the Year award earlier this year. That same year, he also won MVP awards at both the AFC Championship Games and the ESPY Awards.
During his tenure with the Bucs, he received the Walter Payton Man of Steel Award, which honors a defensive lineman, and he started 11 regular-season games during his second stint with the franchise. After making just 32 total tackles, he finished the 2021 season as the only offensive player to rush for 100 yards or more in any quarter.
He was selected to return in 2021 for the Los Angeles Chargers, where he would go on record for 13 sacks in 16 games, earning his fifth consecutive AP Defensive Player of the Year Award.
After leaving the Rams, he spent three seasons with Cleveland Browns where he recorded 34 tackles, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 14 games. He then joined Lions’ staff in 2019, helping them win their first playoff victory since 2000.
When he signed with Chicago Bears last summer, he was the highest-paid wide receiver on the field, making $10 million in 2020. On Monday evening, May 16, 2022, he posted a heartfelt message to Twitter saying that he was doing well despite announcing his passing at 39 years old. He wrote:
I don’t want to lose you. I am so grateful to have gotten to know you over these past three years. You were my friend. My brother. And most importantly, my lover. Thank you for all the gifts, love and laughs shared with me. With these last few weeks, there is no getting around your loss.
But I must also say thank you for loving me like it was yesterday. I’ll never get to live out the wildest dream you told me about living in Paris. Let’s make sure we get there too.
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