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Holliston Grad Plays in Shriner's Game

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Jun 29 2005 at 05:00PM PDT
Evers hits the big time: Holliston grad plays in Shriners Game tonight By Ryan G. Murphy / Metrowest Daily News Correspondent Friday, June 24, 2005 Bobby Evers is a big boy. He squats 450 pounds, dead lifts 500 and bench presses 260. "My bench is kind of weak," he says. "I need to work on that." Standing at 6-foot-1, Evers tips the scales at 275 pounds and is one of the area's most formidable offensive and defensive tackles. "I've always been big," he says. "I don't eat anything different than most people, just bigger portions." Evers' play for Holliston High in 2004 was just like his stature -- big. He was named Lineman of the Year in the Tri-Valley League and voted to the TVL and the Daily News first-team all-star squads. Tonight, Evers will trade his high school number, 68, for a leaner 51 in the 27th annual Shriners All-Star Football Classic at Bentley College (7 p.m). The Shriners Classic, which raises money for Shriners hospitals, is one of the big days on the Massachusetts high school football calendar, pitting the best of the North against the best of the South. Evers will suit up at offensive tackle for the South. "I'm wicked excited about this opportunity," Evers says. "It's a great honor to have been selected. It feels great to raise money and help out for the Shriners hospitals." Evers started playing football in third grade when, even then, he was one of the biggest players on the field. "I was always overweight," he says. "So when I was in third grade, I was playing with kids two and three years older than me. That really helped when I got to high school. I was prepared." This fall, Evers will begin his career at Worcester Polytechnical Institute, where he will play football while pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. "It was tough to choose a college," he says. "I was looking for a school that had engineering and football at the level I can play at. Worcester Poly was a good choice for me." Evers recorded a 720 on the math section of the SATs and compiled a 3.4 GPA at Holliston. "I'm all about math," he says. "But I guess if I had to choose, I would go for football. There's nothing like the feeling of getting all geared up and going out on the field." While suiting up for Holliston, Evers was an instrumental part of the program's turnaround in the last few years. "When I first started playing we were 2-9 and then the next season we went 1-10," Evers says. "This last season, we went 9-2 and were able to turn things around in the town. "All the kids are coming out again. The fan base is completely different. We used to get no one, now the whole town is coming out. For the Thanksgiving game, we had a couple thousand people there." This summer, Evers plans to lift, run and eat healthy every day to prepare for college football. "I'm excited to play in college," he says. "It's going to be a whole new experience."

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