Football Writers Association of America creates new award to honor Edward Aschoff
Edward Aschoff may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
The former ESPN college football reporter passed away on his 34th birthday back on Christmas Eve after suffering complications from pneumonia, which compounded previously undetected Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his lungs.
To honor the popular ESPN employee, the Football Writers Association of America has announced a new award has been created in Aschoff’s honor — the Edward Aschoff Rising Star Award.
The award will be given out annually to the best young sportswriter, under the age of 34, that displays “not only the talent and work ethic it takes to succeed in this business, but also the passion to make it better,” according to the FWAA.
Aschoff was an Oxford native and a graduate of the University of Florida. Since his passing, Florida has announced the Edward Aschoff Memorial Fund, which will provide support for students involved in sports journalism.
Here’s what Ted Spiker, chair of the department of journalism at the University of Florida and one of Aschoff’s former professors, had to share on Aschoff’s legacy at the school:
“Edward was one of our stars – not just because he was so talented as a journalist and storyteller, but also because of everything he did to help people around him. He always had a good word of advice for young journalists, he was always willing to give back, and he always made people smile.”