papa-evansPhotos by Adrian Kraus for ESPN.com

CLICK to watch video: It’s awesome.

Here is an example of Buffalo at it’s finest. I LOVE this clip, for I have had the pleasure of calling one of the great men in this clip my Pops or Papa Evans is what I affectionately refer to him as. Willie Evans still resides in Buffalo and is very involved with the UB Football program. Mom and Pop Evans are the parents of Neal and Alan from one of Buffalo’s favorite bands, Soulive. I remember growing up and being at Al’s house and thinking how cool it was to see my friends dad on his very own collectible Football card from playing a couple of seasons with the Buffalo Bills back in the day.

What I DIDN’T know was the adversity that he had to face being one of only two black players on the UB Bulls in the late 1950’s. You really need to check this out. It really gave me hope in believing that this great city may STILL have some great people of compassion and integrity, after seeing what these guys stood for in the segregated and racist climate in the 60’s. These guys were the only UB team in 102 years of football to win a Bowl Bid. WTF!!?

Thanks to my man Uncle Lee for the heads up. Peace and love to the Evans, MY Fam!!!



About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

3 responses to “UB – UNITE BUFFALO – PAPA EVANS

  • t1x

    big up on the UB football mention, i remember rappin with the football players about this history, back when i was dorming at UB. they had no clue. just another example of how buffalo truly is ahead of the curve, yet so behind it at the same time. our university football takes one of the earliest organized stands, yet our city is still huber-segregated.

  • Ramone

    Wow! Excellent clip. I am so so proud and fortunate to have played for Mr. Evans at City Honors. A special individual indeed and one who had a great impact on me as a young person, both as a coach and mentor. I’m sure his teammates all recognized what a genuinely good person Mr. Evans was and is. I’m sure that made the decision to refuse the bid an easy one. What a testimony to the Buffalo community and those football players to have risked ridicule, and their livelihood for their brothers. Man, how inspiring! I hope we can all learn and carry with us the same spirit of connectedness, and selflessness those young athletes demonstrated.

  • edreysmusic

    Word brothas!! It’s incredible how monumental that was. The only team in 100+ years to when a Bowl bid and they turned it down. I’m nearly speechless as to how LOUD that speaks of these men and their character during those times. WOW!!!
    What up Mone!!! CHS in full effect.
    Thanks for contributing guys.

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