HARTFORD, Conn., May 9 (UPI) -- Fullback Asaph Schwapp, who played for Notre Dame before a brief NFL career, died at 26 after a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Schwapp died Wednesday after his removal from life support in his hometown of Hartford, Conn., where he was a standout at Weaver High School, and is remembered for his personality and spirit, never allowing his illness to alter his outlook, the Hartford Courant said Thursday.
Text messages Andrew Schwapp received from his ailing brother were always the same, he said.
"He always said he was good. He was always positive. He never gave me a negative text or a negative call. That was him," Andrew Schwapp said.
After Notre Dame and an invitation to the Dallas Cowboys training camp in 2010, Schwapp played for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League, began a career as a financial adviser and found numerous opportunities to serve his community, the newspaper said.
"He always talked about the importance of giving back, how it meant so much to him," said David Heuschkel, the Colonials' public relations director.
Tributes and messages of condolence from the tightly-knit Hartford sports community, as well as from Notre Dame, were numerous after Schwapp's death was announced, the newspaper said.