Mike Evans has enjoyed a successful football career. But he faced a tragedy when he was younger when his uncle killed his father.
It was a story he told to Cris Carter on his podcast that shocked everybody watching it.
At the tender age of 9-years-old back in 2002 after subjecting his mother to years of physical abuse.
“One night, Sam was out socially with Mike’s mom and something triggered something in him,” producer John Minton III told Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times. “Sam had gone back home to the residence where Mike’s dad was babysitting Mike and his sister. He tried to entice Mike’s father into a fight, and Mickey was brushing it off and not engaging with him. That put Sam in even a further fit of rage.
“He went to the bedroom and got a gun and fired it at him. Mickey jumped through a window. Sam took out a pocket knife and went after him. Then he shot him one time in his forehead, and Mike father’s died in the street while he was sleeping upstairs at that time.”
That moment was all he could think of when he was selected seventh overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
“They called my name on the loudspeaker and I just started crying and I couldn’t stop,” Evans said during the profile. “I thought about him (my father).”
“It was tough, and a lot of people have tough stories around the world,” Evans told Stroud. “It’s just that you can’t give up. There’s no excuse to give up the hand you’re dealt. You’ve just got to keep fighting and make something positive out of it.
“It was difficult and me being so young. I was naive at the time. It was tough. But you’ve got to look at it from his point of view .. .It’s a horrific story. And I saw the small clip they showed on ‘Outside the Lines’ and there were some things I hadn’t seen yet, so it was a little upsetting. But it’s old and it happened. You’ve just got to keep moving forward and do what I’m doing.”
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