Ben Jasper – fast, tough, illusive, just a few words that describe the senior Sailor on the football field. Jasper did it all last Friday. Receiving a touchdown, rushing for one, and retuning both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown in a 39-19 win over Independence.
"He's a special young man." said Sailor Head Coach Aundra Meeks, "He works extremely hard put a lot of time and effort in and he's selfless. He doesn't think about himself. Some of the things he's been a part of making sure we think about others.
Ben Jasper has been more than just a dynamic player on the football field for the Sailors, he has been an inspiration to everyone around him. Playing with a chip on his shoulder and a special place in his heart. In October of 2008 Ben's brother Justin was diagnosed with Linear scleroderma, a rare progressive auto immune diseases, but Ben has taken it in stride
"He's very conscience and care about his brother and every time we go to Iowa City he wants to know how did it go today, how's Justin doing and when he's sick and puking and not feeling well Ben's always there to kind of support him and your going to be fine your going to be fine and you'll get thought this." Said Ben's Mother Kris Jasper
While younger brother Justin has learned from Ben, Ben has taken a few things from Justin.
He pushes myself and pushes me everyday, he battles every single day so I feel like I have to give it my all every single day, every single practice and every single game. Said Athlete of the Week Ben Jasper
For both the Jasper's and the Sailors taking it one day at a time and one game at a time has taken on new meaning.