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Lee Evans says he's permanently retired -- and loving it

By Tim Graham

SAN FRANCISCO -- You never know who'll you run into at an NFL game.

In the Candlestick Park lot before this afternoon's game between the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, a smiling Lee Evans came over to say hello to Mark Gaughan and me.

Evans was passing through with a friend from Orchard Park on their way to Napa Valley and decided to take in the game. Evans said it will be his first NFL game as a fan.

I can't recall the last time I've seen Evans so happy. He told me he's enjoying retirement after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in training camp and that it's permanent. He spurned interest from the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys.

Evans played his final game for the Baltimore Ravens last season and still has a place in the Baltimore area, but he and his wife plan on relocating to Virginia.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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