Originally published Thursday, December 10, 2009
Back in October, I wrote about a football player at the University of Connecticut, Jasper Howard. Jasper, aka Jazz, was the outstanding cornerback for the Huskies who was tragically murdered on campus. Arrests have been made in the case, and according to the news reports I’ve read, it was pretty much a case of Howard being in the the wrong place at the wrong time. The stabbing was the result of a fight that Howard had nothing to do with starting.
After Howard’s death, his teammates played hard whenever they took the field. They were determined to play their best in order to honor their fallen teammate and friend. After several tough last-minute losses to WVU, Rutgers, and Cincinnati, UConn rallied to defeat Notre Dame in double overtime, to crush Syracuse, and finally to beat South Florida with an exciting last second field goal as time ran out. And now the team is headed for the Papa John’s Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama. Congratulations, Huskies!
Today the Big East Conference, of which the University of Connecticut is a member, announced its All-Conference football team. The conference named #6 Jasper Howard of the UConn Huskies as its honorary team captain, immortalizing Howard in the annals of Big East football. I think this is a fitting memorial to a deserving member of the Big East family. Jazz may be gone, but he won’t be forgotten.