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Heath Evans

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Heath Evans in training camp with the Patriots
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Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-12-30) December 30, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth: West Palm Beach, Florida
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Career information
High school: West Palm Beach (FL) The King's Academy
College: Auburn
NFL draft: 2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career Template:If empty statistics as of 2010
Rushing yards: 579
Average: 3.5
Rushing TDs: 4
Receptions: 57
Receiving Yards: 439
Receiving TDs: 4
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Bryan Heath Evans (born December 30, 1978) is a former American football fullback. After playing college football at Auburn he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He also played for the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New Orleans Saints, the last of which he won a Super Bowl with. Evans retired after the 2010 season and is currently an analyst with NFL Network.[1]

Early years

While attending The King's Academy in West Palm Beach, Evans lettered in football and basketball. In football, he was a two-time All-State selection as a tailback.[2]

College career

Evans attended Auburn University. In football, he finished his three-year career with 149 rushing attempts for 626 yards (4.2 yards per rush) and six touchdowns, and 30 receptions for 354 yards (11.8 yards per reception) and a touchdown.

Professional career

Seattle Seahawks

Evans was the first fullback taken in the 2001 NFL Draft, with the Seahawks selecting him in the third round (82nd overall). Evans spent four years in Seattle blocking for running back Shaun Alexander.

Miami Dolphins

Evans signed with the Miami Dolphins in the spring of 2005.[3] While in Miami, Evans was re-united with former Auburn tailback Ronnie Brown (with whom he was a team-mate in 2000), but was cut six weeks into the season.

New England Patriots

One week later, the New England Patriots signed Evans for the remainder of the 2005 season. On November 16, he filled in for an injured Corey Dillon at tailback against his former team and rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries and caught 3 passes for 18 yards, subsequently leading the Patriots to victory. On March 23, 2006, the Patriots re-signed Evans as an unrestricted free agent to another one-year contract.

During the 2006 season, Evans ran for 117 yards on 27 carries. He also caught 7 passes for 34 yards. In week 5 against the Dolphins, Evans scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard reception from Tom Brady. Two weeks later against the Minnesota Vikings, Evans recorded his career long carry of 35 yards. Against the San Diego Chargers in the playoffs, Evans recorded 3 special team tackles in the Patriots' 24-21 upset. Evans caught 4 passes in the AFC Championship loss to the Colts.

On February 24, 2007, the Patriots announced that Evans signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him off the free agent market. During the pre-season, in a Week 3 scrimmage against the Carolina Panthers, Evans rushed for 58 yards on 7 carries with 1 TD and caught 2 receptions for 19 yards and a score. His TD run was of 2 yards and his TD reception was of 8 yards. In total, he had 77 yards of total offense on 9 touches with 2 TDs. Evans rushed for a 2-yard touchdown against the New York Jets in a 38-14 victory in the opening game of the 2007 season.

New Orleans Saints

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Evans was signed by the New Orleans Saints on March 5. Upon the signing, the team released incumbent fullback Mike Karney. Evans played in the Saints' first six games, scoring three touchdowns, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury in their October 25 game against the Miami Dolphins and was placed on the injured reserve list.[4] While Evans was on injured reserve, the Saints went on to beat the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, earning Evans his only Super Bowl ring.


On August 24, 2011, Evans announced via Twitter that he had decided to retire from the NFL after 10 seasons, agreeing to a multi-year contract to become an analyst for the NFL Network.[5]

Broadcasting career

Evans is an analyst on NFL Network and joined the NFL on Fox as a game analyst in 2012 with Sam Rosen.


Evans is well known for his Christianity [6] and is the founder of the Heath Evans Foundation, a foundation for abused children. He and his wife Beth Ann have two daughters, Ava and Naomi;[2] during the offseason they reside in West Palm Beach, Florida.

In 2008, Evans was reported to be in negotiations to open Dunkin' Donuts franchises in Alabama.[7]


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