Evan Pilgrim

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Evan Pilgrim
No. 61, 63, 65
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-08-14) August 14, 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth: Pittsburg, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 304 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Antioch High School
College: BYU
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 3 / Pick: 87
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games Played: 32
Games Started: 8

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.

Early life[edit]

Pilgrim was born in Pittsburg, California, son of Emma (Donakey) and Ralph Pilgrim.[1][2] 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.[3]

College career[edit]

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.[4]

NFL career[edit]

Pilgrim was drafted into the NFL by the Chicago Bears in the third round (87th pick overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft.[5] 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,[6] 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.[7]

Life after the NFL[edit]

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.[8][9]

Pilgrim married Andrea Terry in July 1992.[10]


  1. ^ "Evan Pilgrim". Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGM3-CZX
  3. ^ "Evan Pilgrim". Brigham Young University. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Evan Pilgrim". Antioch Historical Society. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Evan Pilgrim". Pro-Football Reference.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Evan Pilgrim". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Denver Broncos Greats... By The Numbers: #74". SB Nation. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Longest Yard". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Storm players set to begin shooting The Longest Yard remake". Our Sports Central. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Spotlight shines, but Provo woman stays out of viw". The Deseret News. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 

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