Accolades and recognition for Mike Evans have often been like the Buccaneers themselves, inconsistent. Fans of the team, even NFC South rivals recognize the immense talent on the field, and tireless community works off of the field.
This is Evans’ second nomination by the team, repeating last year’s effort. It is no secret to people in the community, both here in Tampa and in Galveston, TX, just how much the veteran receiver gives back.
The biggest question for Evans is, now that the profile of the team has been raised, will he finally be recognized for this work? The Mike Evans foundation is in its 3rd year of helping families, Catch for Christmas continues to help people struggling at this time of year as a result of domestic violence. During the pandemic, Evans has personally donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help people in need.
With Hall of Fame numbers behind him on the field, in conjunction with his charity work, it would seem that Evans is the epitome of what the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award should be.
Speaking after his nomination Evans said, “I’m humbled to be considered for such a prestigious award, There are so many NFL players and athletes who pay it forward and are committed to making a difference in their communities – I’m just proud to do my part.” Whether Evans becomes the first Buccaneer to win since Derrick Brookes in 2000 remains to be seen, hopefully, the rest of the league sees what greatness looks like.