Can you believe that this former Rams player made the All-UFL team?

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When the LA Rams selected former Oklahoma offensive tackle Bobby Evans in Round 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft, he was not added to the roster to become an instant starter. But the Rams were well aware of the fact that they had a limited shelf life with the remaining career of veteran LT Andrew Whitworth, as well as the fact that the team needed added offensive line depth after the grueling appearance and defeat in Super Bowl LIII.

As a rookie, Evans would get the chance to showcase his wares, appearing in nine games for the Rams in 2019, and starting in seven. In fact, over four seasons, Bobby Evans would appear in 35 games for the team, and start in 12 games. But the 6-foot-4 312-pound offensive lineman was not quite a fit.

Perhaps it was his plug-and-play role to any number of offensive linemen positions that prohibited Evans from finding his niche at any single role. Perhaps it was the level of competition on the Rams roster, and the overwhelming challenge of facing former Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald day in and day out at practices.

Perhaps Bobby Evans was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Whatever the case, the Rams waived him before his contract expired at the end of the 2022 NFL season, Evans attempted to forge a role for himself with Minnesota Vikings, and then with the Jacksonville Jaguars. With each team, he failed to carve out a niche role.

But this story has a happy ending.

Throughout his time, what seemed to be the missing ingredient was a matter of confidence. Bobby Evans possessed all of the tools to succeed. And yet, those tools did not flow naturally. He seemed to be overthinking his tasks. That is, until he joined the Arlington Renegades of the UFL

Right now, Bobby Evans is one of the UFL's brightest stars, and rightfully so. You see, he was honored to appear on the roster of the inaugural All-UFL Teams.

I suspect that the number of persons on the planet who boast a Super Bowl ring and appearing on the All-UFL roster is a very small number, perhaps as few as one person. That says a great deal about the man that Bobby Evans has become. Despite facing adversity, he has continued to work hard at realizing his dream.

I am rooting for Bobby Evans as much as I ever have. And by association, I am cheering for the Arlington Renegades as well. Even as Evans did not realize his dream to play football for the Los Angeles Rams, he is realizing his dream to play. That puts the passion for football on full display.

And I, for one, am thrilled that Bobby Evans is getting the chance to shine.

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