Tennessee Titans linebacker and former Alabama star Rashaan evans gave a Christmas surprise this week to Loachapoka High School, Alabama with $ 40,000 in equipment and gear for players ahead of the 2020 season. Evans’ parents orchestrated the event through the Razor Foundation since the former All-American was unable to attend due to coronavirus restrictions within the NFL.
Players lined up and picked up a variety of gear, including jerseys, visors, gloves, sneakers, and warm-up suits.
“That says everything. It’s the most important thing about what I do and the things I live by is trying to inspire as many people as I meet and change as many lives as possible, âsaid Evans, by WSFA12 News. âI can only be in this situation where some of these guys have nothing. They don’t have a shirt on their back, so having the option to donate shoes and other gear was a really good thing for me to do.
Evans, through the Razor Foundation, also donated equipment to the boys and girls basketball teams at Loachapoka High last season.
âIf you’d seen those kids out there go through all the shoes and stuffâ¦ It’s like Christmas in August,â Loachapoka head coach Reco Newton said. says WLTZ. âIt motivates me. We’re playing the same position so I feel like if he can do it, I can do it. I just have to do the same job.
The No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2014 class and ranked No. 14 overall on the 247Sports Composite, Evans went on to play for the Crimson Tide and was selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Titans.
Evans said in June he wanted to be an All-Pro defenseman this fall.
âIt’s something that has to be earned,â Evans said of becoming a leader, according to Tennessean’s Erik Bacharach. âI’m still on the journey of being a guy he can count onâ¦ standard when it comes to this.
Evans made an impressive jump from his rookie season in 2018 to the last campaign, as he added nine tackles for a loss and eight quarterback hits to his 111 tackles. However, he didn’t force a fumble or intercept, so creating turnovers could be the next step in his evolution. After making seven starts as a rookie, Evans became a full-time starter last fall.