– Funeral services for former South Carolina State football standout Anthony “Block” Evans will be held Friday, July 14, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Laurel Grove Missionary Baptist Church (122 Burning Bush Lane) in Clark Hills, S.C.
The 64-year-old Columbia, S.C. native was the starting punter for the Bulldogs for four seasons (1973-1976) and was a regular at defensive back (safety) for three seasons of those seasons.
Evans earned All-MEAC first-team honors as a safety in both 1975 and 1976.
Historically, he was in one of the most successful classes to play four seasons at S.C. State, as the 1973-1976 teams are the only teams in Bulldog history to play in bowl games for four consecutive seasons.
The 1973 team lost to Florida A&M in the Orange Blossom Classic (23-12), the 1974 team lost to Wofford (20-0) in the Textile Bowl and lost to Grambling State (28-7) in the Pelican Bowl, the 1975 team lost to Southern (15-12) in the Pelican Bowl, and the 1976 team won against Norfolk State (26-10) in the Bicentennial Bowl.
Evans died Sunday, Jul. 9, at his home in McCormick, S.C. Among others, he is survived by his wife, Florence Harris-Evans, and five sons.Evans was signed as a free agent by the NFL’s St. Louis Rams in 1977.