Super Bowl champion Heath Evans is known for his faith but on the field the New Orleans Saints fullback’s name is synonymous with versatility. A quadruple threat who can run, block, catch and tackle, Heath is the kind of a player a coach wishes he could clone and teammates want to emulate. His stellar play and locker room leadership helped his team claim its first Super Bowl title in franchise history. Now in his 10th NFL season and third in the Big Easy, the playmaker continues to be a force on offense and special teams.
Heath was the first fullback selected in the 2001 NFL Draft when the Seattle Seahawks drafted him in the third round out of Auburn University. In college, Heath was a bruising fullback and led the Tigers in rushing his sophomore season. His college coaches often called upon the communications major to play tailback in tough situations when the Tigers needed yardage and the three-year letterman carried that halfback mentality into the NFL. After excelling for four seasons in Seattle, Heath took his talents to the New England Patriots, where his stellar play led to an undefeated regular season and Super Bowl XLII appearance. Thanks to Heath’s strong blocking, New England also enjoyed its finest rushing season in more than two decades.
Success has always followed Heath, who lettered in football and basketball and was a two-time All-State pick at tailback at King's Academy in West Palm Beach, Fla . Held annually in his hometown, The Heath Evans 7on7 tournament, is an annual football competitive and clinic sponsored by his foundation has grown into one of the premier events in the nation, showcases some of the top of teams from around Florida and is held at his high school alma mater. Fittingly, he’s scheduled for induction into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in March 2011.
Heath’s dedication to football is unmatched, but it his love for his family that sets him apart. After learning his wife had been a victim of childhood sexual abuse Heath took on a new personal calling and in 2006 founded the Heath Evans Foundation, designed to better the lives of children and young people affected by childhood sexual abuse through Christian counseling and intervention. In September 2010, the devoted father of two daughters went one step further and launched HYPERLINK "http://www.imavictim.com" www.imavictim.com to provide a writing space for abused children to anonymously express their thoughts. When he is not using his voice to speak out about childhood sexual abuse prevention, he is using his star power to raise funds for the cause. On the way to the Saints’ thrilling Super Bowl run, Heath raffled off tickets to the NFC title game and Super Bowl to raise more than $340,000 for charity. He also raises funds through the Heath Evans Softball Showdown in New Orleans and his annual star-studded charity softball game in Palm Beach County.
A media darling due to his candor, eloquence and effervescent personality, he’s regularly featured in magazines and newspapers, and can often be heard on ESPN Radio and blogs for radios’ websites. He drew raves reviews after he debated –- and beat -– Skip Bayless on ESPN’s First Take. He’s also appeared on ESPN Sports Nation and is often called upon to opine about his beloved Auburn football team on Tiger broadcasts.
Never afraid to voice his opinion whether he’s talking football or faith, Heath is in demand to showcase his oratory skills around the country. He wowed the attendees when he spoke at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sugar Bowl breakfast and also at Common Ground, a weekly worship gathering run by the New Orleans Baptist Collegiate Ministry. He’s slated to deliver the keynote address at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ 42nd Annual Challenger Award banquet. The hands-on father spoke from the heart in a PSA promoting parenting for The Gathering. Heath’s outstanding character, commitment and leadership in the community earned him the 2010 Athletes in Action’ “Call to Courage Award,” presented by the Pro Sports Ministry.
Heath Evans is far from your everyday athlete. A man of substance, brains, brawn and heart, he is a saint in more ways than one with an endless amount of opportunities ahead.