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After a rough childhood, Mike Evans uses football camp to give back

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Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans had a childhood that’s hard to imagine. His mother got pregnant with him when she was 14. His father stayed with his mother but was physically abusive, once going to jail for punching her. Eventually Evans’ mother’s brother put a stop to the abuse by murdering Evans’ father. Evans’ uncle remains in prison.

One of the bright spots of Evans’ childhood was that Steelers Pro Bowl nose tackle Casey Hampton, who grew up in the same area of Galveston, Texas, as Evans, would come back each year and offer children a free football camp. Evans knew as a child attending those camps that he wanted to do the same thing one day.

So as Evans announces his second annual football camp at Ball High School, which he and Hampton both attended, he views it as a chance to give back.

I’ve always had great mentors,” Evans told the Houston Chronicle. “I’ve had a lot of great friends and people in my life. It all helps. You’ve got to live on and stay positive and give back to others.”

Evans said his first camp was a hit, and those camps will continue.

“I’ve been blessed,” Evans said. “I just want to share that with people, the kids. Everybody had so much fun last year. I love kids. I know a lot of kids from the area. It’s just fun seeing everybody and interacting and playing with them, especially the younger ones. They had such a good time. They can compete. It’s fun seeing them happy.”

That kind of effort makes Evans an easy player to root for.

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12 Responses to “After a rough childhood, Mike Evans uses football camp to give back”
  1. whodat5150 says: May 17, 2017 3:08 PM

    Good on him!

  2. icebergsimpson says: May 17, 2017 3:22 PM

    What a stand up guy! Tampa is lucky to have a guy like Evans.

  3. darksidecowboy says: May 17, 2017 3:38 PM

    Hell of a player and looks like even better of a human being contributing to our society of negativity.

  4. arcross12042004scorp15 says: May 17, 2017 3:51 PM

    Bravo !
    Good to see a player give back story. Not as many laughs as a turd story, but it does brighten your day.

  5. electricboogalo says: May 17, 2017 4:05 PM


  6. windham9 says: May 17, 2017 4:10 PM

    Great player in college too, Manziel doesn’t win Heisman without Evans. He caught everything thrown his way, still does.

  7. dorsiaonafriday says: May 17, 2017 4:15 PM

    Underrated player on an underrated team.

  8. sdchicken says: May 17, 2017 4:18 PM

    Great story

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 17, 2017 5:42 PM

    Great story but it will always be overshadowed by the fact that he didn’t vote in the 2016 presidential election. He is part to blame for the mess we are in today.

  10. kapmorg says: May 17, 2017 6:28 PM

    Kudos to Mike Evans and giving back. Don’t often see players excel on and off the field. On pace to be one of the best WR in franchise history.

  11. abninf says: May 17, 2017 6:56 PM

    There’s current NFL players older than his mom.

  12. billtierney2016 says: May 18, 2017 11:29 AM

    Mike has shown a massive growth in maturity since coming Tampa and working with Coach Monken. No more tantrums at bad calls, just a quiet calm professionalism, as he beat Sherman down the line. Getting outside of himself and helping kids in his home town is only going to help them and help him. We proud to have him in Tampa.

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