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Former Weaver star Asaph Schwapp dies at 26

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Asaph Schwapp holds his Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year Award banner during a recent trip to Weaver High School (via http://www.instagram.com/ace_schwapp)

Asaph Schwapp holds his Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year Award banner during a recent trip to Weaver High School (via http://www.instagram.com/ace_schwapp)

Former Weaver star carries the ball for Notre Dame vs. USC on Oct. 15, 2005. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)

Former Weaver star Asaph Schwapp carries the ball for Notre Dame vs. USC on Oct. 15, 2005. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)

Asaph Schwapp, who starred at Weaver and then played at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday. He was 26.

Schwapp, whose nickname was ‘Ace,’ died of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a form a blood cancer.

Schwapp was raised by his aunt and uncle after his mother,  Evelyn, died of cancer in 1996, according to the Hartford Courant.

He was a National Honors Society member who starred as a running back and linebacker at Weaver under Rob Fleeting, now at Windsor.

As a senior Schwapp was named the 2004 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year after rushing for 1,313 yards and 13 TDs and making 74 tackles, eight sacks and five interceptions. As a junior, he ran for 1,110 yards.

Though recruited by Ty Willingham, Schwapp wound up playing for Charlie Weiss at Notre Dame. Schwapp played in 39 games for the Irish at fullback from 2005-2008.

Schwapp graduated with a business degree from Notre Dame and signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent in 2009. Though he never made it onto an NFL regular season roster, he eventually became the face of the fledgling and short-lived Hartford Colonials in 2010. The Colonials lasted just one season.

 

On Wednesday morning, Weiss announced on Twitter Schwapp was ‘gravely ill’ and asked for prayers. Schwapp reportedly died a few hours later:

Jake Golic, a Northwest Catholic grad who plays at Notre Dame, and his father and ND alum Mike Golic also expressed their condolences on Twitter.

 

Sean Patrick Bowley

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