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.
In a poll that is anything but scientific, a Twin Cities newspaper posed the question "Is it time to trade in Brad Childress?" An overwhelming 87.3 percent of the 2,250 votes as of early Tuesday morning said "yes."
Childress asked the assembled media what the two-point conversion rate was in the NFL this year. He posed the question and, when nobody came up with the right number (44.8 percent), he said, "Didn't think so." Nobody asked what the league average is for third-down conversions or red zone conversions, both areas in which the Vikings have struggled this season.
Last week Antoine Winfield was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. This time around, it will be hard to fight Kevin Williams, who had four sacks, four quarterback hurries and eight tackles.
The Vikings, working alongside the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, are sponsoring three flu shot clinics in the Twin Cities. The first of the clinics, which give out free flu shots to those who otherwise can't afford them, will be at the Midtown YWCA in Minneapolis from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. A number of players will be on hand to sign autographs starting at 3:30 p.m.
Punter Ryan Plackemeier, who was part of the punter parade at Winter Park last week, spent Monday working out with the Packers – where punter Derrick Frost has struggled mightily.
With the signing of Dontarrious Thomas, the Vikings made room for him on the roster by placing OT Drew Radovich on injured reserve with a shoulder injury that has bothered him since training camp.