Good Things Happen to Good People

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I’m still catching my breath after Saturday night’s miracle. Wow! Thank God that I decided to make the trip to the game. In case you missed it, you can click here to see how close I was to not going and why I decided to go.

Before we get going too far into the week, I wanted to spend just a minute to specifically highlight Daniel Evans (and his family) one more time. I honestly don’t think that we can overkill the uniqueness of the cross-section where Saturday night’s miracle intersects with an amazing family.

There is probably little reason for most Wolfpackers out there to have much of an insight into the Evans’ family other than knowing about Johnny Evans’ place within the Wolfpack community. But, the ‘specialness’ of these folks goes much further than NC State.

I have never had the pleasure of meeting any members of the Evans family. Yet, I have rarely encountered people who are held in as much esteem and respected to the levels that they are by their peers and acquaintances. It is truly amazing.

If you ever have the chance to speak with anyone that personally knows the Evans family, you need to watch their faces and listen to how they speak of the Evans’ to experience the comfort and happiness that washes over them. I have rarely encountered people whom everybody likes and nobody hesitates to immediately smile and tell you how special the family is. In my humble opinion, this adds a different and very special layer to the reasons that Saturday night was so special.

Almost fifteen years ago I was dating a young woman whose family owned a business where Johnny Evans worked. I was obviously intrigued at the Wolfpack-angle when I learned of Evans’ employment by the family/company. But, it didn’t take long for me to forget about the State-stuff as I listened to everyone in my girlfriend’s family (father, mother, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) talk about how special of a man Johnny Evans is and how there isn’t a more respected man at their company.

I’ve never forgotten ^that; and over the years this message has been reinforced dozens of times by others – whether it is the Bible studies that Mr. Evans’ teaches or people that knew him at NC State, you never get anything but an extended compliment.

Daniel Evans may be the easiest Wolfpacker in history for my friends and I to support because we relate to Daniel’s innate motivation and love of the Wolfpack. Daniel Evans grew-up dreaming of Carter-Finley and Reynolds Coliseum; he didn’t grow up dreaming of Bryant-Denny and the LA Coliseum. NC State is all he ever wanted. Had I been rated the #1 quarterback or #1 basketball prospect in America coming out of high school, I would have never dreamed of playing anywhere but NC State. Daniel Evans is the the exact same way. There would have been no other option.

I’m a Christian, but I am not as religious as I once was or as I should be today. Now that I have a young (7 month old) son, I hope to be more focused on the way that I live my life and find ways to provide my son the kind of guidance and leadership that Johnny has obviously provided Daniel.

Regardless of where I may be on my personal spiritual journey I am in no way blind to the uniqueness of Daniel Evans’ storybook miracle in Raleigh on Saturday night or in the prayer that many Wolfpack players shared at mid-field after the game. I am also not deaf to the praise that young Daniel gave to his Lord in his first opportunity for post game comments. It was a special night for everyone involved. It was wonderful to see that good things can happen to such good people.

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60 Responses to Good Things Happen to Good People

  1. Trout 09/25/2006 at 10:29 AM #

    Great photo, great comments. I grew up wearing #10 in youth sports because Johnny Evans was my hero. I’m so proud of his son. Regardless of the outcome of the rest of the season, Saturday’s game will always be a highlight of my NC State experiences. Right up there with ’86 Kramer to Peebes Hail Mary and ’98 Holt Running Wild on FSU. In fact, if they re-ranked the Top 7 games in CF history, as they are doing this year, the game Saturday would certainly merit Top 7 consideration.

    Go Pack!

  2. StateFans 09/25/2006 at 10:43 AM #
  3. WolfRed 09/25/2006 at 10:45 AM #

    I believe that Daniel Evans calmness and poise under pressure comes from the fact that he is a Christian.

    It will be an interesting season and, I believe, a good one.

  4. noah 09/25/2006 at 10:48 AM #

    I remember when the quads were born. They did a feature on them for Sheridan’s show. When they started showing up at C-F, I remember people pointing them out.

    I remember seeing Daniel and Andrew as teeny little kids trying to throw a football back and forth when they were about four or five. This was one of the regulation sized practice balls and they couldn’t get their hands around it (obviously) and when they caught it, it was just as likely to bounce off their chests and roll away.

    It *is* gratifying to see good things happen to good people.

  5. vtpackfan 09/25/2006 at 10:52 AM #

    Holy Cow, this is somehow totally reversed my pessimistic attitude towards the WolfPack football season. I can’t wait to follow the next game, and the next one after that. SL reviving the energy in hoops, Cullen Jones breaking barriers in world swimming, and then a story like this. Great entry, and a big thank you to the Evans family. Its truly amazing what all the recruiting and fabulous renovations done in regards to this program can produce is but a pale comparison to what family, faith, and a dream can accomplish. This is a high water mark because it puts in perspective the whole scope of Wolfpack football, not just this years campaignor Chucks tenure, but the whole spirit and passion that go into its whole past. This site is great for bringing up all that insight.

  6. Pack Laddie 09/25/2006 at 11:01 AM #

    The Peebles play and the Evans play. Common denominator? Both Broughton Caps!!

  7. vtpackfan 09/25/2006 at 11:13 AM #

    Encore! Encore! Bring on Bowden and his Noles!

  8. class of 74 09/25/2006 at 11:23 AM #

    He just looks so fragile out there compared to today’s players. It amazed me how he could be as effective as he was saturday night. He did have some problems with passes batted down at the line of scrimmage but he stepped up in the pocket nicely to buy time on several occasions. His calm business like demeanor, I believe, went a long way towards moving us successfully down the field in those final dramatic seconds. No matter how the remaining season unfolds this was a special moment in both Wolfpack and Evans family history.

  9. RickJ 09/25/2006 at 11:24 AM #

    Jeff – This is a beautiful entry.

    Thank you.

  10. Spin Wolf 09/25/2006 at 11:26 AM #

    ^^GREAT point Laddie.

  11. choppack1 09/25/2006 at 11:34 AM #

    c of 74 – he does, but if you look around the NFL, there are some pretty slight QBs out there: Jake Plummer and Jake Delhomme aren’t big guys. Alex Smith and Pennington aren’t that big either. I think he’s big enough to get the job done. While he did look small out there, he gets rid of the ball fast and didn’t take a lot of hits. However, we were going up against one of the worst pass D’s in the country Saturday evening. Thursday night, it will be a different story.

  12. BobLee 09/25/2006 at 11:49 AM #

    “Big Time College Sports” is a very nasty business. All of you know how I feel about anonymous “message board loonies” publicly slandering and libeling everyone involved … coaches, players, officials, admins, rival fans, and even each other. That’s not going to change in fact the carnage will only get worse if cultural psychologists are correct ……. BUT

    Moments like “Daniel to Dunlap” and the “warm fuzzies” that abound in this whole scenario can/should be savored. It was a terrific story even without the fairy tale ending on Saturday night … and, who knows, maybe it isn’t “an ending”!

    I spoke w/ Johnny briefly on Sunday morning … he is normally quite stoic and reserved. The fatherly pride and joy was oozing from every pore.

    My previous and current columns ( ) on this have received tremendous circulation … and even Tar Heels are giving this story a big Thumbs Up … (except for our hardcore loonies, of course, and they don’t count.).

    No “ifs”, no “ands”, no “buts” … just ENJOY!


  13. redfred2 09/25/2006 at 12:01 PM #

    Jeff- Great comments!!! Congratulations on that baby boy!!!

    Your post opens up thoughts and feelings that really don’t, but then really do, relate to what NCSU is all about. Feeling a little too deep to stick here on this thread for very long today.

    I’ll just say that the world could use more role models like Johnny Evans, more Dads like Johnny Evans, and more families like the Evans family. That’s not to say that there isn’t at least one, maybe not as visible as the Evans but just as inspirational, great story and person out there who is the major influence behind each and every one of these college athletes playing today. I have to believe that, or they wouldn’t all be sharing the great opportunity that they have all been afforded right now.


  14. Cardiff Giant 09/25/2006 at 12:16 PM #

    Very, very nice.

  15. Clarksa 09/25/2006 at 12:16 PM #

    I’d have to rank this as one of your best, if not the best entry on SFN. Great job!

  16. Mike 09/25/2006 at 12:17 PM #

    As I stated in another blog, I have known Johnny for years and he is quite a man, and a super role model for his kids and family. I am thrilled for the opportunity for Daniel and I hope he grows as a person as much as a player from this.

    As a person of deep faith, I do not believe God cares who wins football games. I do however believe God gives strength, poise, leadership etc to allow individuals to perform. I also think someimtes God will allow things to happen for His glory, and this could be such a moment. I am thrilled for the kid and the family, as well as the entire Wolfpack family. One of the reasons my faith is as strong as it is today was a couple football players from back when I was in school, and maybe this can help influence other men to become good role models.

  17. StateFans 09/25/2006 at 12:32 PM #

    ^ Perfectly said.

  18. Jeff D 09/25/2006 at 12:37 PM #

    While I’m not sure that God should or does care about football, Evans and his family seem like they truly do their best to live up to their Christian faith. That deserves the respect of anyone else who shares that faith.

  19. Wolfman300 09/25/2006 at 12:43 PM #

    I am a Christian and believes it takes a real man to stand up for his beliefs in today’s world. Especially in the world of professional and major collegiate sports. I think the strength and leadership Daniel has developed as being a Christian male is what is making him a strong leader on this team and a man the other players will follow and trust. I watched the game on tv and they showed Daniel leading many fellow wolfpackers in a prayer after the game. Some of the other wolfpackers had their heads bowed while I saw others with their eyes fixed on Daniel. You could see the respect and trust in their eyes. I beleive Daniel’s mental and spiritual makeup could be what it takes to get this team out of the funk it has been in for so long!

  20. cfpack03 09/25/2006 at 12:57 PM #

    wow, great great post. Thanks for further highlighting the deep current of faith that flows through this family. I pray it touches the wolfpack family as it has me and mine.
    Thanks again! Go pack

  21. Lock 09/25/2006 at 1:01 PM #

    I was raised Christian, and I’m glad that the Evans’ have a strong faith to rely on. But it bothers me when athletes of any sort, of any faith, claim that the victory is somehow brought about by God. Does religion really teach that God would take an interest in such a lowly thing as a sporting event? I mean, don’t get me wrong, Carter-Finley and the RBC Center are pretty close to Heaven in my book, but in all seriousness, it truly bothers me when athletes attribute victory to God. He may grant strength, he may grant guidance…but he does not grant victory in a college sporting event.

    Please don’t get me wrong. I am in no way anti-religion. But the division, the us-vs.-them mentality that constantly goes along with implying that a particular religion is the cause for success leads to unnecessary division and hatred. I have no doubt Evans’ poise comes from his strong faith, but strong faith can come from many belief systems.

  22. StateFans 09/25/2006 at 1:07 PM #

    This has the danger of going off on an unrelated tangent.

    Just to confirm – nobody (Evans’ comments, this blog entry, etc) has tried to make the point that God cares at all about who wins football games.

  23. Lock 09/25/2006 at 1:09 PM #

    Sorry guys, didn’t mean to try to steer this thing off-course! (Not that you need my permission, but please delete it if it’s going to cause problems.)

    SFN: No way! It wasn’t/isn’t you at all. Just, in general. Quite a few comments. We completely agree with the thought and just didn’t want anyone to misinterpret the premise.

  24. cfpack03 09/25/2006 at 1:22 PM #

    I think most Christian atheletes thank God, not for placing the ball in the endzone, but for giving them the strength and courage to achieve their accomplishments.

  25. BobLee 09/25/2006 at 1:27 PM #

    This might be an appropriate place to insert a story about “the Flagship campus of the UNC system”

    A good friend of mine is in the same “business” that Johnny Evans is in. For the past several years he has conducted a weekly Bible fellowship for members of the UNC Athletic Dept and their invited guests.

    It is held on campus but the location is somewhat a secret … from fear that a segment of the UNC faculty/administration would strongly disapprove and move to shut it down.

    It would be interesting if a story like Daniel’s did happen at UNC and how it would be treated and reacted to both institutionally and by Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s notorious “activists”. “Interesting” indeed!


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