Former Viking Chuck Evans dies

Former Vikings fullback Chuck Evans, who was part of the team's explosive offense in the late 1990s, died Sunday in Sparks, Md., according to a media report. Evans won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, as he followed Brian Billick from Minnesota to Baltimore.

Former Vikings fullback Chuck Evans died Sunday in Sparks, Md., as a result of heart failure, according to a report on the Mid-Atlantic Sport Network. Neither the Vikings nor the Ravens could confirm the report. A Ravens official said Monday night that the team was trying to reach his family members. Evans was just 41 years old.

Evans was an 11th–round pick in the 1992 draft and played with the Vikings from 1993-98 and was a starter on the 1998 team that went 15-1 – leading the way for running back Robert Smith to post one of the biggest rushing seasons in franchise history.

Evans followed former Vikings offensive coordinator Brian Billick to Baltimore and spent his final two seasons with the Ravens. An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death.

"It was just tragic to hear the news," said former Vikings and Ravens special teams coach Gary Zauner, who coached Evans in both locations. "Chuck was a guy that was always smiling. He was a tough-nosed guy. He wasn't the biggest fullback, but he was a guy that pound-for-pound was one of the toughest guys that you'd want to meet as far as a fullback. He helped me out on special teams and he was always there, anything that you wanted him to do."

The thoughts and prayers of all of us at VU go out to the Evans family.


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