Jasper Howard “Play each play like it’s the last play you’ll ever play.”

Jasper Howard grew up in Miami, Florida in a small neighborhood called Little Haiti, a place known for its poverty and violence. There he lived with his mother JoAngila Howard and his two younger sisters. He had a plan to earn a college scholarship and to go to the NFL where he would earn enough money to relocate his family to a safer home out of Little Haiti. His mother said that when he went to Connecticut and UConn she was glad that he would be in a safe environment. On the day of his last game, Howard was quoted by his teammates as saying “Play each play like it’s the last play you’ll ever play.” In that, his last game he made 11 tackles and forced a key fumble in a 38-25 Huskies win over Louisville. That evening he was fatally stabbed on the UConn campus at Storrs after attending a dance at the student Union. He was 20 years old and the father of an unborn baby.