Willie Evans (running back)
Willie Evans being honored at the University at Buffalo (2009)
|Date of birth||December 1, 1937|
|Place of birth||Buffalo, New York (?)|
|College||University at Buffalo|
|High school||Emerson High School|
|AFL draft||1960 / Round: ? / Pick: ?|
|Drafted by||Buffalo Bills|
|Career highlights and awards|
Willie Evans was a running back for the University at Buffalo football team in the late 1950s. In 1958, the Buffalo Bulls refused an offer to play Florida State University in the Tangerine Bowl because Evans and backup defensive end Mike Wilson were not welcome to play in Orlando because they were black. After graduation, Evans was drafted by Ralph Wilson for the inaugural season of the American Football League's Buffalo Bills. After his football career, Willie Evans taught in Buffalo area schools for more than 30 years. He coached football, and tennis and swimming, and ran a city parks program for most of that time as well. He currently serves as an adviser for the university's alumni association.
- Eric Neel, "All or Nothing", ESPN.com, retrieved November 20, 2008.
- Rockin' the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League by Jeffrey J. Miller, Billy Shaw, ECW Press, 2007
- University at Buffalo Alumni Association 2008-09 Board of Directors. His sons, Alan and Neal Evans, play in the renowned fusion act Soulive
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