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Lee Evans was the most productive wide receiver in Wisconsin football history, but he also showed Badger fans a bit about determination and the will to overcome adversity.
Evans is the school's career leader in receiving yards (3,468) and touchdowns (27). His breakout season came when he was a junior in 2001. That year Evans was a first-team All-American and one of three finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the nation's top receiver. He set the Big Ten record for receiving yards in a season with 1,545 and ranked fourth nationally with a 128.8 yards-per-game average.
The Bedford, Ohio, native decided to return for his senior year at Wisconsin, but sustained a torn ACL injury in the Badgers' 2002 spring game. Evans had surgery a month later and attempted to play that fall, but never did. Instead, he had an additional surgery and made his way back onto the playing field in 2003. He was again a first-team All-Big Ten choice, collecting 1,213 receiving yards and a school-record 13 touchdown receptions. Included among his 64 catches that season was a memorable fourth-quarter, game-winning reception in an upset of third-ranked Ohio State in Madison.
See Evans in action against Michigan State in Nov. 15, 2003, when he had five touchdown catches and collected 258 yards on 10 catches in Wisconsin's upset of No. 22 Michigan State.
Evans was a first-round draft choice (13th overall) of Buffalo in the 2004 NFL Draft. He has been a standout with the Bills ever since.