“Makes Me Want To Go Even Harder”

January 6th, 2023

Leave it to legendary Bucs receiver Mike Evans to draw inspiration from a tragedy.

Sports fans everywhere were shaken by what happened Monday to Bills safety Damar Hamlin. Having a heart attack after an on-field hit during Monday Night Football shocked the sports world and society at large.

While many players might say the incident has them re-thinking the importance of playing football, Evans said what happened to Hamlin has him more focused on giving the game everything he has.

“It was scary to see, but it just makes me want to go even harder because you never know when it’s going to be your last time,” Evans said. “You never know. So you just gotta give it your all every time.”

What a healthy attitude by Evans. If you’re going to have a career that comes with risk, then why not embrace and appreciate all its moments.

21 Responses to ““Makes Me Want To Go Even Harder””

  1. John Sinclear Says:

    Point to ponder.

    1000 people have cardiac arrest every day. They get de-fibbed, have CPR done, go to hospitals, get treated, recover, etc. Nobody cares except immediate family and close friends. It never makes the news. One incident on live TV, a football player, and it’s front page news ever since. ??

  2. PSL Bob Says:

    John, I thought the same thing. But it really does bring into focus that life can end in an instant. You’ve got to give 100% each day because you never know when it might end. That’s what Evans is expressing.

  3. Buc king Says:

    You have to remember the people that get no sympathy from the masses are unknown to them.
    When it happens to celebrities or athletes it has more eyes on it and then it becoming a talking point.

  4. BuckyPhillips Says:

    John- millions of people aren’t watching those people live…

  5. BillyBucco Says:

    So glad he wtfo.
    This man deserves everything he has and I hope he gets another SB to cement his legacy.
    You could tell ME13 was disgruntled with Brady and I think it’s on Brady to recapture that magic.
    Let them play a few series and hopefully they score on the first drive.

    On the flip side they look terrible and someone gets injured
    Either way I hope Mike retires a Buc.
    My favorite player of all time.

  6. David G Says:

    I love the positve Vibes! I hope Hamlin feels the same way! Compare Mike Evans Stats to Devante Adams = ME13 HOF! According to everybody Devante is the best, not if you look at both of thier careers. Don’t get me wrong Devante is Badass player and deserves all the props! just not as much as ME13

  7. Mark Says:

    John, here’s an example. If you killed yourself right now, nobody would care. But if you did it on live tv they would at least talk about it.

  8. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    I reckon it’s still going to in everyone’s heads and will take a few hits to calm the nerves

  9. westernbuc Says:

    My comment got killed on submission lol anyways it’s noteworthy when guys in their twenties drop from heart attacks on national tv

  10. Beej Says:

    I’m pretty sure Joe uses canned software for that

  11. Lamarcus Says:

    Why compare ME13 to Davonte Adams if ME13 is a HOF player??

    Shouldn’t you compare him with other HOF? Or am I missing something?

  12. NEfan Says:

    Can’t wait until Brady takes him to Vegas with him. Bowels or Brady? Glazers choice.

  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    So proud I was wearing my ME13 red jersey in the sports bar last Sunday.

  14. HC Grover Says:

    The EMT’s on scene and Docs are the Heroes. W/O them he would not have made it. They will never reveal the cause of his Heart Attack at age 24. I do not believe it was because of a routine tackle.

  15. Noles Says:


    It was on National TV and media cover is obnoxious on ALL TOPICS to your point. However, I used to sell LIFEAPK Defibrillators & LUCAS Chest compression device to the EMS/ FIRE. It was a very rewarding job, products that help clinically dead people be revived by 1st responders. These individuals save people everyday and no one talks about it. They don’t get a bonus when they save someone’s life it’s just their job. It’s good to see that they are being recognized as well. They are TRUE heroes in every community across the country.

    Glad to see Hamlin is recovering

  16. Joe Says:


    “Obnoxious” is a pretty perfect word but it has reached the “sickening” stage now.

    You have ex-players going on shows this morning claiming the the NFL should cancel/postpone games this weekend to allow players to mentally recover.

    1) The NFL played three days after JFK was shot. You know, the leader of the free world?

    (1b. The day Reagan was shot and no one knew if he would pull out of it, North Carolina played Indiana for the national championship in hoops.)

    2) Joe was actually in (nee) Heinz Field when Cam Brate got carted off on a board with his head stabilized. Not one person in that stadium knew for a fact Brate wasn’t traumatically injured for life. Neither Mike Tomlin nor Todd Bowles pulled their teams off the field.

    This incident has gone for genuine concern and heartfelt wishes to folks using this injury in selfish attempts to out-virtue signal each other to obnoxiousness to sick pandering, which is where we are now.

  17. Beej Says:

    I remember a scene from Saving Private Ryan, which exemplifies the differences between now and then. Colonel tells Hanks to do this task,

    Hanks says “I’ll take Johnson”
    Colonel says “Johnson bought it a few days ago”.
    Without missing a beat, Hanks says *ok I’ll take Jones”

    Flash forward 70 years, half the NFL is in therapy because a kid had a heart attack during a game

  18. CrackWise Says:

    For the record, I worked for the Bucs and inside of NFL stadiums for half a decade as a GAME DAY OPORATIONS SUPERVISOR.

    NEVER, has an ambulance been allowed to be in the stadium UNMARKED like the ambulance that went onto the field in Buffalo.

    In FACT, when has the last time ANY OF YOU have seen an OFFICIAL UNMARKED ambulance in your city?

    STOP with the “everyone has heart attacks and can die at any random time, even people that are among the healthiest on EARTH” narrative.


  19. david Says:

    John Sinclair…

    This is a very old take. Every time a celebrity, athlete, actor, or some public figure dies or has a tragic event, someone always has to say something like what you just said. It should be obvious. You care and are interested because this person is known. Although it’s not real, there is a connection. You feel connected to the person because they’re on your TV in your living room week after week. Or they are on the news or the big screen or singing through your headphones.
    If your favorite Buccaneer player died in a tragic event tomorrow it would affect you. Even though they don’t know who you are, it’s real from your perspective as a fan. There is real empathy there. That’s why you cry in a movie, even though the characters are completely fake. It’s a one-way connection. You feel familiar with them.

    When the queen of England died it affected millions of people. Over the last several years, everyone from Prince to David Bowie to Eddie Van Halen dying affected millions. I’m still bent out of shape because Eddie Van Halen is no longer here.

    Add to the fact that these are modern-day gladiators who all accept that injuries will happen, a leg broken, an achilles blown out, it’s still rather shocking to see several minutes of CPR on the playing field because someone technically died in front of us. That is not accepted in the realm of potential injuries that can happen.

    This outpouring of empathy also takes absolutely nothing away from any other cardiac arrest victim throughout the country.

  20. Bucobill999 Says:

    Aint taking no one nowhere clown

  21. The Anomaly Says:

    Wow…we have some real whackos on here

    Everyone has heart attacks and can die at any random moment even people that are among the healthiest in the world.

    Glad he is showing signs of recovery. Go Bucs.