Reich presents Super Bowl champ with
Call to Courage AwardBy Andy Major, Executive Director of Marketing
Posted Apr 19, 2010
Former Bills quarterback Frank Reich was in
Buffalo on Saturday to present Heath Evans, the bruising fullback for
the Super Bowl Champion New
Orleans Saints, with the 2010 Call To Courage Award
at the Hyatt in downtown Buffalo.
is known for engineering the “Greatest
Comeback in NFL History,” but he is also nearly as popular for
being the founder of the Call to Courage Award which has become a
nationally recognized sports awards breakfast that takes place annually
Evans, a devout Christian,
received the award in front of over 700 Buffalo-area football fans. He
was honored for the outstanding community work and moral beliefs he
fosters with his foundation that is dedicated to providing hope and
healing in the lives of children and families affected by sexual abuse.
Each year, Reich presents the award to an NFL player displaying
outstanding character, commitment and leadership on and off the field
and in the community.
Previous winners of the prestigious award
include kicker John Kasay (2009), quarterback Kurt Warner (2008),
quarterback Chad Pennington (2007), linebacker Don Davis (2006),
quarterback Jon Kitna (2005), running back Curtis Martin (2004),
fullback John Christian (2003) and quarterback Trent Dilfer (2002).
The Buffalo awards breakfast was sponsored by
the Buffalo Pro Ministry of
Athletes in Action, founded by Reich, now quarterback coach for the Indianapolis
The host for the breakfast was Bills All-Pro safety Jairus
who tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions in 2009. A highlight
reel showcasing Byrd’s NFL leading nine interceptions was shown, and
Byrd presented the Call to Courage Award for local high school football
Bills players attending
included linebacker/safety Jon
long snapper Garrison
and new running back Walter
In addition to Reich, other Bills alumni in attendance were Al
Bemiller, Carl Byrum, Bob Dugan, Booker Edgerson, Charley Ferguson, Jeff
Nixon, Marlo Perry, Ed Rutkowski and Steve Tasker. A special video was
shown to honor and highlight the career of former Bills fullback Wayne
Patrick who recently passed away.
The emcee of the event was John
Murphy, the radio voice of the Bills.
Robert Malave, South Park
High School senior running back, won the Call to Courage Award for an
outstanding high school football player. The other finalists for the
high school honor were James Donner, Niagara Wheatfield; Tyler Krempa,
Williamsville South; Kyle Martin, Wilson Central; and Levi Pace, Medina.
A father of two and the husband of a wife who experienced sexual
abuse as a young girl, Evans is clearly and humbly dedicated to this
cause and proudly credits all of his passion on and off the field to
Evans is currently in therapy for a knee injury suffered
earlier in the season, but he hasn’t let the injury hold him back. From
sharing his positive attitude around his teammates to using his
spiritual passion to help people, Evans’ energy is infectious and
The Heath Evans Foundation
provides access to a variety of programs, treatments and services in
communities with great need and scarce resources. For more information
Fred and Kathy Raines are the Athletes In Action couple that
have been in charge of the AIA Buffalo Pro Ministry for the past 27
years. For more information regarding Athletes in Action and the Call to
Courage Award visit www.aiabuffalo.com.