|Date of birth:||February 8, 1972|
|Place of birth:||Pittsburg, California|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight:||294 lb (133 kg)|
|College:||Brigham Young University|
|High school:||Antioch High School|
|NFL Draft:||1995 / Round: 3rd / Pick: 87th|
|Drafted by:||Chicago Bears|
|1995 to 1997
Career highlights and awards
Evan Boyd Pilgrim (born August 14, 1972) is a former American football offensive guard in the National Football League. He played professionally for the Chicago Bears, Tennessee Oilers, Denver Broncos, and Atlanta Falcons.
Pilgrim was born in Pittsburg, California, son of Ralph and Emma Pilgrim. He attended Antioch High School, in Antioch, was named to the Contra Costa County all-star team. He was team captain and lettered in football, basketball and track.
Attending Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah on a full scholarship, Pilgrim was an All-Conference lineman with the nickname “Pancake Maker” for his blocking prowess. He was team captain during his senior year, and made the Kodak All-America Team. He held the bench press record of 510 pounds at BYU. Inducted into BYU's Hall of Fame in 2005, he was also named to its All-Time Lavelle Edwards BYU Team.
Pilgrim was drafted into the NFL by the Chicago Bears in the third round (87th pick overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played for the Bears from 1995-1997. Pilgrim played for the Tennessee Oilers for part of 1998, and for the Denver Broncos for a short time in 1999. Traded to the Atlanta Falcons, he finished his six-season career, playing in 32 games (10 with the Falcons). He played for the Falcons in 1999 in Super Bowl XXXIII.
Life after the NFL
Pilgrim retired from the NFL in 2001. He suited up as a player again to appear as a “prison guard” defensive lineman in the 2005 film “The Longest Yard,” starring Adam Sandler. He was the onfield coordinator for the film.
Pilgrim married Andrea Terry in July 1992.
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