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Heath Evans biography

Date of birth : 1978-12-30
Date of death : -
Birthplace : West Palm Beach, Florida
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-10-11
Credited as : Football player NFL, fullback for the Saints, Super Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Bryan Heath Evans is an American football fullback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn.


The all-purpose fullback proved to be everything the Saints hoped for until going down with a season-ending knee injury six games into last season. Before being placed on injured reserve – the first time in his career he suffered a significant injury – Evans showed the versatility that made the former free agent’s signing a priority with rugged lead blocking, 10 catches for a pair of touchdowns and another TD rushing. He continued to have a significant role last season tutoring young players on the roster. Evans has played in 127 career games (17 starts) posting 577 yards on 162 carries with four rushing TDs and 50 receptions for 398 yards and three touchdowns. The former Auburn standout – who has had stints with Seattle, Miami and New England – also has 29 tackles on special teams.

Placed on injured reserve, 10/29/09; Signed to a two year contract with Saints (UFA-NE), 3/12/09; Re-signed by New England Patriots to a two-year contract, 3/2/07; Re-signed by New England to a one-year contract, 3/27/06; Signed by New England, 11/1/05; Released by Miami Dolphins, 10/25/05; Signed by Miami to a one-year contract (UFA-Sea), 3/17/05; Re-signed by Seattle Seahawks to a one-year contract (RFA), 4/7/04; Signed by Seattle to a three-year contract, 7/26/01; Drafted by Seattle in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft.

2009 – Played in six games, with five starts, prior to suffering a torn ACL in right knee in win at Miami, Oct. 25…Finished season with five carries for 16 yards and a TD and 10 receptions for a pair of touchdowns. At time of his injury, the Saints ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing…In Saints debut vs. Detroit, Sept 13, had career-high four catches for 35 yards, including a 13-yard screen pass for a TD…Caught an 11-yard touchdown at Philadelphia, Sept. 20…At Sept. 27, helped pave the way for Saints to rush for 222 yards…Oct. 4 vs. NY Jets, had three carries for 12 yards and an 11-yard reception…Scored on a two-yard burst vs. NY Giants, Oct. 18…Placed on injured reserve, Oct. 29. 2008 – Played in all 16 regular-season games, including four starts at fullback…Had 11 carries for 23 yards and three receptions for 59 yards, adding four special teams tackles…Rugged blocking helped Patriots to best rushing season in over 20 years, with 2,278 yards and 21 TDs…Had a 28-yard reception vs. Arizona, Dec. 21…Hauled in two passes for 31 yards at Buffalo, Dec. 28. 2007 – Played in all 16 regular season-season games, including one start and set career-high with three TDs , while carrying ball 34 times for 121 yards… Scored first rushing TD of season on a one-yard lunge vs. NY Jets, Sept. 9… Hauled in career-high 29-yard reception at Miami, Oct. 21…Collected season highs with a 10-carry, 56-yard performance, while hauling in two passes for 10 yards at Buffalo, Nov. 18…Scored his second rushing TD of season on a one-yard run vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 25…Scored his second TD in as many weeks with a one-yard plunge at Baltimore, Dec. 3. 2006 – Played in all 16 games with three starts when Patriots opened with a fullback…Posted 27 carries for 117 yards, seven catches for 34 yards and a touchdown and added a pair of special teams stops…In three postseason appearances, posted five special teams tackles, rushing twice for four yards and making four receptions for 33 yards with a TD…Scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard reception vs. Miami, Oct. 8, and added a 35-yard carry…Saw significant action in a reserve role at running back in AFC Championship vs. Indianapolis, 1/21/07, catching four passes for 33 yards. 2005 – Set career-highs with 52 carries for 192 yards and 14 receptions for 105 yards…Began season with Miami Dolphins, where he played in six games with two starts, before being signed by New England, Nov. 1 and playing in six contests…Had four receptions for 17 yards and a rush for no gain with Dolphins…Played in six games with one start for Patriots…Playing tailback against his former team Miami, posted a career-high 84 rushing yards on 17 carries, Nov. 13, catching three passes for 18 yards and rushing for a two-point conversion… Led team with 74 yards on 16 carries vs. New Orleans, Nov. 20. 2004 – Appeared in 15 regular season games and one postseason contest for Seattle… Rushed for 20 yards on seven carries and caught two passes for 12 yards… Added eight special teams tackles, and three kickoff returns for an average of 17.0. 2003 – Appeared in 14 regular season games and one postseason contest…Rushed for 24 yards on seven carries, caught two passes for 34 yards and added a tackle on special teams. 2002 – In 16 games with one start, rushed for 53 yards on 17 attempts, while recording eight receptions for 41 yards…Made first NFL start vs. the Arizona, Nov. 10. 2001 – Appeared in all 16 games as a rookie and recorded five special teams tackles, while rushing twice for 11 yards.

Three-year letterman at Auburn (1998-2000), playing in 28 games and starting 16…Primarily served as a lead blocker, also rushing for 629 yards and six touchdowns on 149 carries in his career and catching 30 passes for 354 yards and a TD…Led team in rushing as sophomore with 330 yards on 93 attempts, scoring two touchdowns…Majored in communications.

As a third-round pick by Seattle in 2001 (82nd overall), was the first fullback taken…Full name: Bryan Heath Evans…Born in West Palm Beach, Fla.…A two-time all-state pick as a tailback at the King's Academy (West Palm Beach), where he also lettered in basketball…Led the state of Florida in scoring as a senior, totaling 39 TDs, and had 32 as a junior…Also played linebacker…Established the Heath Evans Foundation, dedicated to fostering hope and healing in the lives of children and families affected by sexual abuse…The foundation's website: www.heathevans.org... He and his wife, Beth Ann, have two daughters, Ava and Naomi.

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