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Former Ball High School Star Athlete Makes First Super Bowl

Mike Evans from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas will be playing in his first Super Bowl this coming Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chief.

Evans was primarily a basketball player growing up and in high school.  His senior season, he averaged 18.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.  His senior year was the only year he played high school football.  He caught 25 catches for 7 touchdowns.  Evans, could have played division one basketball at a mid-level major, or run track at and division 1 school, but he decided to play football for the Texas A&M Aggies.

Evans was outstanding for the Aggies.  As a redshirt freshman, he had 82 catches for over 1,100 yards. In 2013, he had 279 yards receiving in a game against Alabama to set the school record.  Later that year, he set the record again against Auburn with 287 yards.

Tampa Bay selected Evans with the seventh pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. In 15 games as a rookie, Evans had over 1,051 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns, which was arguably the best rookie season ever for a wide receiver.  Evans has gone over 1,000 yards in all 7 of his NFL seasons. This season, he caught a career best 13 touchdowns from Tom Brady.   He is a 3-time Pro Bowl selection and has made one second-team All Pro team.

In three post-season games this year, Evans has 10 catches for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Evans has remained the number one red-zone target, even with the addition of Rob Gronkowski, though he has seen a decrease in targets towards.  The Chiefs defense has given up big plays in the passing game this season.  Evans could be in for a big game in the Super Bowl.

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