Fullback Heath Evans, who wore #44 for five different teams over ten NFL seasons, has announced his retirement, writing on Twitter:
"Fans/Friends: I have decided 2 retire after 10 great yrs n the NFL! I have accepted a multi-yr contract w/ @nflnetwork & I'm n the process of moving my family to L.A. to join my new team!"
Evans added: "Words cannot express my gratitude for the love that has been shown to my family & I over the course of my blessed career! Thank u all for being patient w/ me during the decision making process. I'm looking forward to making the gr8 game we all love more interesting for all of u 2 watch on @nflnetwork! U guys r the fans & the reason for the success of the NFL. Pls Tweet over ideas or questions u have or things that u would like to see or hear us talk about on @nflnetwork. Stay tuned to my tweets on Thursday! I've got a great opportunity for every NFL fan & an opportunity for u all to help Beth & I fight childhood sexual abuse!"
Evans appeared on the NFL Network this week from Oxnard, CA and at the NFL Network's studios, covering his most recent team, the New Orleans Saints.
Appearing in 143 regular season games, the last 24 with the Saints, Evans owns a Super Bowl XLIV from the Saints, even though he was lost six games into the 2009 season. Evans also played in Super Bowl XLII with the almost-perfect Patriots in 2007.
Active off the field in charity work and with the NFL Players Association, Evans was local early on about the owner's intentions to lock the players out, and their preparations for cancelled games. Evans vocally criticized Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson's comment terming the NFL's offseason lockout to "modern-day slavery."
In July, Evans penned an article for NewsMax entitled "What the NFL Players Association Can Teach Congress," which compared the union's lockout tactics to the Republican Party's political strategy.
The Saints chose not to re-sign Evans, 32, instead going with a young tandem of Korey Hall, 28, and Jed Collins, 25, to compete for the job. Head coach Sean Payton has all but confirmed that the one fullback job will go to the winner of that competition.