This past weekend, Heath Evans held his 4th annual 7-on-7 Championship and it was a huge success on and off the field. For everyone but Matt Cassel’s ego.
The champion wasn’t crowned until the final play, when a leaping Jayvon Wrentz caught a Hail Mary TD pass from Jeremiah Hay as time ran out to lift Miami Booker T. Washington over Boyd Anderson 33-28 Saturday at The King’s Academy.
The event featured more than 50 major college prospects and impressed Evans.
“The players were as good as you will find anywhere. The event keeps evolving and improving with outstanding athletes and teams from around the state. I wish there was an event like this when I went to high school.”
One of the event’s highlights was a trio of “Beat the Pro” Challenges, when two high school players and two spectators battled an NFL player.
Leron Thomas of Glades Central and Phillip Ely of Tampa Plant each outscored Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel in the passing accuracy challenge.
At lunchtime, Evans and Cassel spoke to the 400-plus players about integrity, character, making the right choices and perseverance, not only in football but in life.
For more information on the Heath Evans Foundation, please visit the website at www.heathevans.org.
It must have been such a kick for these kids to compete against — and beat — NFL players. I’m sure Cassel didn’t exactly put his best foot forward and if it helps matters any, both Evans and Wes Welker were beat in their individual events as well.
A player that participated in Evans 7-on-7 event, held one of his own this weekend. Browns safety Abram Elam hosted his second annual T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) with Elam “A Day in the Park”.
Riviera Beach’s Don Calloway Amphitheater was transformed into a violent-free atmosphere for more than 2500 children and families in the South Florida community. The free event promoted pride, unity and peace in the lives of the Riviera Beach residents. Elam, who has lost three of his siblings to murder in the streets of his hometown, wanted to ignite a flame within each and everyone.“It was a great success. I really appreciate everyone coming out and showing their support.”
NFL stars from around the league took part, including Chiefs DBs Brandon Flowers and DaJuan Morgan. The players spent the day interacting with fans, including mor than an hour of singing autographs for all in attendance.
The day concluded with a brief dance off between Elam, Morgan and the Jets’ David Clowney.
Isn’t it incredible how much charity work the Kansas City Chiefs players are involved with? The Chiefs as a franchise have always been the leaders in the NFL in regards to charity work and it is clearly rubbing off on their players. I would love to see the video of Morgan’s dance off. Send it along if you come across it.