Meeting The HeroMay 17th, 2014
When we were all little, we looked up to at least one NFL player and wanted to be him in some way, shape or form. For some odd reason, Joe idolized Conrad Dobler.
Mike Evans is no different. The basketball-turned-football star and now freshly drafted Bucs wide receiver had football heroes, too. And strangely, one is his teammate now.
“I was a big Vincent Jackson fan in high school and college and it’s great to team up with him and play with him and learn from him.” Evans said. “It’s been great so far.”
Joe isn’t sure what Jackson has told Evans about life in the NFL, but Joe’s going to guess Jackson never taught Evans how to make this catch.
“I just want to learn the offense as fast as possible and get caught up to speed with the rest of the guys,” Evans said about working with the Bucs veterans most of the week. “Play fast, that’s what they told me. Play fast and that’s what I did at [Texas] A&M. That is what I am trying to do.”
So far in his very brief NFL career, one thing has surprised Evans: practice.
“It is not what I expected,” Evans said. “I expected it to be a lot of guys running around with their heads cut off and loud. It’s real chill.”