|Plenty of current and former Patriots get together over the weekend in South Florida for Heath Evans’ annual 7-on-7 tournament||06.19.11 at 4:53 pm ET|
Former Patriots fullback Heath Evans talked to us awhile back about his sixth annual 7-on-7 football tournament, and it went off Saturday afternoon at his old high school, The Kings Academy in West Palm Beach, Fla. As expected, it had a heavy New England flavor — Evans played with the Patriots from 2005 through 2008, and was joined by defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and defensive back Darius Butler, as well as Wilfork’s wife Bianca. In addition, former Patriots on hand included linebacker Don Davis and wide receiver Donte Stallworth.
Evans took to Twitter Saturday night to celebrate their attendance, telling me “[They] knocked it out of the park today! Donte especially!” Stallworth added: “Great times, bro. … Heath Evans is a BEAST!!! I’ve always had love for him but even more so now (if it’s possible).”
Gatorcountry.com has the full report on the day’s activities here. Evans’ tournament is unique for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it comes with a lunchtime talk from NFL players like Wilfork on integrity, making the right choices and how to truly accomplish success.
“They get a chance to hear from someone who’s living it,” said Wilfork, who was in attendance for the third straight year. “A lot of these guys have the dream of playing at the level that we’re already at.
“It’s just an amazing event,” he added. “A great way to just stay in touch with the future. You get a prime look at the future before it even gets here.”
“I think so many kids set goals on what they think is at the end of the rainbow, and when they hear that when you get there, you’ve still got these issues and you’re still faced with tough decisions,” Evans said. “I think it kind of gives them a glimpse of hope of what is true perspective, what are the things I really need to be chasing after, and just knowing that there’s guys that are rooting for them that have been where they’re at, and know what they’re facing, and can encourage them in the right direction.”
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