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Old 11-07-2009, 07:39 AM   #1
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The Heath Evans Report

Wow, what a new perspective on the NFL.

After nine years in the league, this is my first injury. My dad, who has had a huge influence in my life, often says that "smooth sailing does not make a good sailor." This is one of those storms of life that will build character, and the adversity will make me a "better sailor."

On Thursday, I had complete knee reconstruction surgery from my injury in the fourth quarter of our win over the Dolphins. The upside is that the surgery was done by Dr. James Andrews -- the best in the business. He repaired Drew Brees' shoulder, and I have every confidence that my knee will be better and stronger than new when I've done all I need to do in maximizing my rehab.
The challenge ahead is to become a better teammate and a better leader despite the injury. The Saints have asked me to be an integral part of the locker room, participating in team, offense and running backs meetings while I go through rehab. Often, a player on injured reserve will rehab at home and not be a big part of the rest of the team's season.
It was a bit of a surprise, but very gratifying, for Coach Sean Payton to ask me to continue to play a role with the team: helping young players to grow and leading in the meeting rooms and locker room.
One of the benefits ahead is that I'll get to spend some time working on our charitable foundation, which understandably gets less of my attention during the season. Although raising awareness and providing counseling for victims of childhood sexual abuse is my life's work and passion, I often have to leave it in the hands of capable employees and volunteers while I attend to "my day job" as I call it.
For those of you who have sent flowers and cards and the like, I'd like to ask you all to send a gift to the foundation Heath Evans Foundation
I appreciate all the fond wishes, but my room and house can only hold so many flowers and cards, and your gift will benefit those we help.
I also have to take a moment to thank the best wife a man could wish for. Without the daily help of Beth Ann, I would be physically and emotionally unable to deal with being laid up. She is a blessing for sure.
It is funny in a way to see my daughters, especially Naomi, the youngest, dealing with daddy being on crutches. I am usually the one tossing them up in the air and wrestling with them in the living room. Now, we have to explain why they have to be careful around daddy's knee and when he is going up and down stairs.
It was good to see the team continue the winning streak against the Falcons, but it was bittersweet watching it from home. For now, it is too dangerous to be on an NFL sideline when I can't get out of my own way. Please keep my recovery in your prayers and keep cheering for the Saints
Sure gonna miss this guy on the field, but nice to know he's still involved and helping Kyle Eckle behind the scenes.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:16 AM   #2
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Re: The Heath Evans Report

looks like it.
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:24 AM   #3
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After injury and being at the age he is now, I really hope he can come back at full strength and continue to do what he did for us. He's the complete full back and perfect for this team.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:08 PM   #4
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He'll be missed in the red zone. Shockey makes a nice red zone target, and Drew certainly likes Colston there. Meachem also has nice size. When you add our running game (Thomas, Bell) , reverses to Devery, and draws, flat passes, and counters to Reggie, and an occasional keeper by Drew, we're already a load in the red zone. The fact that this guy was another threat that we obviously weren't afraid to use in the red zone, made us absolutely sick and even more unpredictable. We'll be ok without him I think but he was a nice extra piece that was coming up big in the red zone.

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Old 11-07-2009, 08:57 PM   #5
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He's only been with the SAINTS a short time. But made a big impact.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:10 AM   #6
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The Saints have been consistently drafting/trading for quality people. So nice to have a team with no super egos and few thugs, and it shows on the field.
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