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Evans played fullback for the Tigers from 1998 through 2000 and was drafted by the Seahawks in '01. He has been with the Saints since '09.
Dan Patrick: What was your reaction when you saw former Auburn players say they took illegal benefits [from 2002 to '08] on HBO's Real Sports?
Heath Evans: I felt like it was my four-year-old that I had trapped in a lie, and she kept lying and lying and lying to try to get herself out of trouble. This is like story time for those guys. Everybody wants his 15 minutes of fame. Obviously their football fame has passed them up. At the end of the day it's ridiculous at best.
DP: What would they gain by lying?
HE: Everybody craves the spotlight that football creates. Every one of these players had a minuscule taste of that fame. When that disappears, you do a lot of different things to cling to that. It probably started with a simple lie of "I did this." So-and-so hears it. It kind of gets passed down. Next thing you know, you've got HBO Sports sitting in your living room. And what are you going to say? You going to say, "Oh, no, I made all this up"? No. You're going to continue the fabrication and move on with your story.
DP: But one of the players, Stanley McClover, had success at Auburn and reached the NFL.
HE: He was recruited by [former Auburn running backs coach] Eddie Gran. The same guy that recruited me. The same guy that recruited Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown, the biggest players at Auburn. Guess what? None of them got paid. It doesn't make sense. If you're going to pay one, you're going to pay most of your good players. There was no one who did more for Auburn than I did in my three years there. Never once did I get a $100 handshake or anything else that came out of these guys' mouths.
DP: You were never offered any money?