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Old 02-21-2010, 02:55 PM   #1
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Super Bowl champs, other NFL stars play softball for Heath Evans' charity

JUPITER Backup running back Mike Bell played a minimal role in New Orleans' 31-17 victory over Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium two weeks ago, but he's still gotten the hero's treatment since returning to the Bayou.

"No matter what your role in the game, you still feel like a celebrity," Bell said Saturday night.

"It's been crazy."

Bell, fellow running back Pierre Thomas and tight end David Thomas joined teammate and West Palm Beach native Heath Evans at a charity softball game to benefit the Heath Evans Foundation at Roger Dean Stadium.

Evans, who tore an ACL at mid-season, said he was gratified at finally winning the big prize after coming close with New England two years ago. But he still termed the experience of not being able to play as "bittersweet."

"I was pulling like crazy for our boys and our staff and our city," he said, "but at the end of the day it was tough having a coaching hat on instead of a helmet."

A number of NFL stars with local ties added star power to the festivities, including Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester of Riviera Beach, New York Jets wideout David Clowney of Delray Beach and Cleveland safety Abram Elam of West Palm Beach.

Also participating were New England wide receiver Randy Moss, who spends his off-season in Boca Raton, and former Patriots defensive back Rodney Harrison, now an NBC analyst.

David Thomas had just come with his family from Disney World, a trip he said was planned even before the Saints earned a trip with their victory. He said the Saints' victory parade was an experience he won't forget.

"There was so much support, so loud," he said. "I don't know how many beads we threw, but it was definitely a lot."



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Cool!! I hope Heath comes back Ok
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Originally Posted by homerj07 View Post
Cool!! I hope Heath comes back Ok
Agreed. David Thomas did an admirable job with his versatility switching from TE to FB, but I really want Heath back there. I'm hoping he is fully recovered for the start of the season and can get back at it. He only makes our running game stronger.
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Heath was a great pick up, it stunk that he got hurt. It's cool he got a ring.
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Just think with Evans at FB and 2 TEs in Shockey and Thomas the running game should be even better because you can keep the defenses more honest in that they have to respect the pass unlike when we had Strief in there as TE. You pretty much knew it was a run.
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Heath Evans is a great guy! I've talked to him a few times on FB! I hope he comes back 100% next year!
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