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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Lee Evans

     (Born March 11, 1981) -- Every football team loves to have a wide receiver who could outrun opposing defensive backs and score easy touchdowns. For several seasons, Lee Evans was that receiver for the Buffalo Bills.

     After growing up in Ohio, Evans played at the University of Wisconsin. He caught 75 passes in 2001, missed all of 2002 because of a knee injury, and rebounded to catch 64 passes as a senior. In one game against Michigan State, he caught five touchdown passes.

     That all caught the attention of the Bills, who drafted him in the first round (13th overall). Buffalo hadn't taken a wide receiver in the first round since grabbing Eric Moulds, another receiver with speed, in 1996.

     "Rarely do you find guys with this kind of speed who have hands as good as his are," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey.

     Evans caught at least 37 passes in all seven of his seasons with the Bills. His best year might have been 2006, when he caught 82 passes for 1,292 yards.

     It was a bit of a surprise when Evans was traded by the Bills to the Baltimore Ravens in training camp in 2011. There Evans had injury problems and caught only four passes in the regular season.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.