DONNA, RGV – The City of Donna recently passed a resolution honoring NFL great Norm Evans, who grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and attended Donna High School.
City leaders said Evans was a great role model for coaches and athletes.
Evans was born in Sante Fe, New Mexico, but grew up in South Texas and graduated from Donna High School in 1961. Throughout his school years, Evans excelled in football and basketball. He was selected to All-District for basketball and All-State for football. After high school, Evans attended Texas Christian University on a football scholarship and was named All-Conference Tackle and Team Captain. He graduated with a degree in Education and a double major in Business and Biology.
Evans was drafted by the Houston Oilers and started as a rookie at right offensive tackle in 1965. He was then traded to the Miami Dolphins where he served as Team Captain, and was selected as Outstanding Offensive Lineman. He only missed two games in ten years. He was part of the Perfect Season Team 17-0 in 1972, the only undefeated team in NFL history. Evans played in three Super Bowls and was selected for the NFL Pro Bowl twice. In 2015, he was selected as one of the 50 Top Miami Dolphin Players in the Dolphin’s 50-year franchise history.
After ending his illustrious 14-year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, serving as co-captain, he was awarded Seattle’s ‘NFL Man of the Year Award’ and the Brian Piccolo Award. Evans was also an NFL-50th Anniversary Super Bowl Alumni, and received a Gold Football for playing in Super Bowls 6, 7, and 8. He was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
In 1971, Evans joined NFL pros and ministry leaders in convening a Campus Crusade-based discipleship conference aimed at helping athletes and their spouses become Christian leaders. In 1984 he was named president of the Pro Athletes Outreach. He went on to lead the group for 26 years. In 1998, Evans, along with Coach Gary Moore and Coach Doug Chapple, founded Coaches Time Out.
The City of Donna resolution honored and congratulated Evans “for an exemplary career in sports and outstanding accomplishments in his personal life.” The resolution was presented by Donna Mayor Irene Muñoz.